Press kit

Press Contacts:

General Publicity + licensing and foreign rights inquiries:
Lindsay Matvick
Lerner Publishing Group
1-800-328-4929/612-332-3344, x385

Book Tour/Scheduling Info:
Oct. 2022-Jan. 2023 – Virtual Visits (Worldwide) Available w/ Isatou Ceesay & Miranda Paul
February 18-28, 2023 – 25th Anniversary Gambia Tour – Senegal and Gambia, Africa

Film, merchandising and other subsidiary rights inquiries:
Karen Grencik, literary agent
Red Fox Literary
129 Morro Ave.
Shell Beach, CA 93449
+1 805-459-3327

Contact us to request an interview with the author, illustrator, or women of Njau.

Image and file downloads
Book Cover (888 x 750) – One Plastic Bag

2023 Gambia Book Tour Flier (PDF)

2015 Book Tour Flier (PDF)
Book Information Poster

Quick Synopsis:
This narrative picture book tells the story of how five Gambian women sparked a movement that would restore beauty to their village and increase their own economic capacity.

Book Awards for One Plastic Bag:
Junior Library Guild Selection (Spring 2015)

2017-2018 South Carolina Book Award Nominee – Picture Book Category (One Plastic Bag)

2017-2018 Nebraska Golden Sower Nominee List (One Plastic Bag)

2016-2017 Read On Wisconsin list (One Plastic Bag) – Sept. 2016

2017 Nutmeg Award list nominee (Connecticut)

Green Earth Book Awards 2016 – HONOR BOOK, nonfiction (One Plastic Bag) – *seal/sticker

Children’s Africana Book Awards 2016 – Notable (One Plastic Bag) – *seal/sticker

Eureka! Honor Award – California Reading Association 2015 (One Plastic Bag) – *seal/sticker

2017 Monarch Book Awards (Illinois) – Nominee (One Plastic Bag)

Best of 2015 – Informational Books for Young Readers – Chicago Public Library (One Plastic Bag & Water is Water)

Best of 2015 – 100 Recommended Titles – New York Public Library (One Plastic Bag & Water is Water)

Amelia Bloomer Project 2016 (One Plastic Bag)

2015 Eureka! Honor Book – California Reading Association (One Plastic Bag)

★Starred Review, School Library Journal – One Plastic Bag

About the author:
Miranda Paul has been an avid recycler since elementary school, when she won a contest by transforming a discarded cereal box into a beautiful holiday ornament. She still loves rummaging for treasures but now spends most of her time teaching and writing. Over the past decade, Miranda has traveled to the Gambia as a volunteer teacher, a fair‐trade and literacy advocate, a freelance journalist, and more. Miranda lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with one husband, two kids, ten bookcases, and a hundred new ideas. Find her online at