I Love My City

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I Love My City

By France Desmarais Richard Adam
Illustrated by Yves Dumont
Nonfiction Book for Children Ages 9–12
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
Paperback with flaps

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

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.

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.