I Love My City

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I Love My City

By France Desmarais Richard Adam
Illustrated by Yves Dumont
Picture Book for Ages 4–8
ISBN: 978-1-77278-273-8 (HC) | 978-1-77278-283-7 (PB)
List Price: $25.95 CAD / $21.95 USD (HC) | $15.95 USD (PB)
Hardcover with case cover

Trim size: 10.25 x 10.25 inches / 26 x 26 cm
Pages: 56

Hardcover Publication Date: March 28, 2023

Paperback with flaps

Trim size: 10.25 x 10.25 inches / 26 x 26 cm
Pages: 56

Paperback Publication Date: March 28, 2023

Rights Available: World ex. North America

A beautifully illustrated nonfiction primer about how cities work for middle-grade readers exploring geography, civics, history, science, and technology.

The Big Book of Civic Engineering for Curious Kids

56 pages packed with information about

How cities developed around the world

The people who make cities their home

Architecture and culture

How urban planners organize a city and its services

The role of City Hall

Systems for water, waste, and energy

And innovations for an eco-friendly urban future

In the spirit of David Macaulay’s The Way Things Work, I Love My City is a treasure trove of information for middle-grade readers who want to know the how and why of cities. Why did cities start appearing in the first place, or become what we know today? How do urban planners know where to place fire stations, schools, and parks? What’s a water tower, and how does it fill the pipes of thousands of people? How about roads and highways, communications and energy, water treatment and waste? The answers to these questions and more can be found in this richly illustrated, global guide to everything urban.

Today, 55% of the global population is urban, and that number is only growing. In I Love My City, readers explore the history, geography, demography, technology, infrastructure, and government of cities, with fascinating facts about specific urban centres around the world. A particular focus on ecology, green energy, and environmental planning moves readers forward to consider what sustainable development might look like in the future as well. This nonfiction STEM title, ideal for civics and social studies units, includes a table of contents, a glossary, and a list of resources for further research. Written by children’s author France Demarais and municipal administrator Richard Adam, with lively full-color illustrations from Yves Dumont, I Love My City is a captivating resource for the library, classroom, or home.