One Plastic Bag Celebrates 25 years of recycling with Gambian Tour!

Please join us for the opening event, a book launch and autographing party at Timbooktoo Bookstore in Fajara, Gambia! (3 Garba Jahumpa Road; Bakau New Town, Fajara M Section.) The event will be held on Friday, February 17th from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Meet and greet with Miranda Paul, environmentalist Isatou Ceesay, and watch live recycling demonstrations with the volunteers from Women’s Initiative the Gambia. Autographed books will be available for purchase and light refreshments will be served. Join the party of the decade! We hope to see you there.

One Plastic Bag 2023 Gambia Tour Schedule
(Please note that not all events are open to the public.)

2/16 AM – Appearance on QTV, Gambia – tune into “This Morning” Show!
2/17 AM – British International School The Gambia (BISG), Kotu
2/17 PM – Timbooktoo Bookstore, Bakau New Town/Fajara OPEN TO PUBLIC (come join!)

2/18 AM – Independence Day Parade, Banjul
2/21 AM – Young Writers Association, National Museum of Gambia, Banjul
2/22 AM – Mary’s Little Lambs Daycare & Nursery School, Kololi
2/22 PM – MyFarm
2/23 AM – Future Leaders Academy of Education Excellence
2/23 PM – Bakau New Town Lower Basic
2/24 AM – Horaya Academy, Bakau New Town
2/24 AM – BAIS
2/24 PM – 4:30 p.m. The Gambia College, Brikama Campus, OPEN TO PUBLIC (come join!)
2/25 AM – Gunjur Upper Basic and Association for Needy Orphans and Widows, Gunjur
2/27 AM – Kaur Basic Cycle School, Kaur, Central River Region
2/27 PM – Njau Basic Cycle, Njau (N’jau), Central River Region
2/28 AM – Wassu Schools, Wassu, Central River Region

If you would like to support students’ education and engagement in Gambia by making a donation toward free books or tour transportation, please contact us ASAP. It costs $4 per student to make this event happen when transportation is necessary. Thank you for your support!

Supporters outside of the Gambia can host a school visit or virtual Q&A with Miranda and Isatou to help us raise funds for books, transportation, and programming for Gambian youth! Learn more here.

This tour is hosted in partnership with Women Initiative the Gambia, a charitable organization. A special thank you to Lerner Publishing Group for donating books for several villages and schools.


Older News:

Congratulations, Isatou! Here’s a picture from the event on March 12, 2020. Thank you for being an inspiration to women, environmentalists, and entrepreneurs worldwide.

NEW! During the COVID-19 outbreak and school closures, many publishers are allowing educators to read picture books to their students in closed-link recordings. If you want to read One Plastic Bag on a video for your students, fill out this online form from Lerner Publishing to request permissions. View additional teacher resources here.

Congratulations on being recognized by OkayAfrica’s “Respect the Hustle”
series, Isatou Ceesay!

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Isatou Ceesay named “Queen of Recycling in The Gambia” as new documentary is released from Climate Heroes. Read more or watch the video here.


One Plastic Bag wins Eureka! Honor Award for nonfiction from the California State Reading Association. Read more here.

One Plastic Bag, the book that celebrates a creative solution
to a real-world problem, is now available in several countries!

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia
was released on February 1, 2015.

Buy the book now – available at:

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and many other booksellers in the U.S. and beyond.

More info about the book is available in the press kit or on the explore the book page.