I Love My City

I Love My City
Co-Authors / Illustrators
  • Yves Dumont
Publisher Name
Pajama Press
Age Range
Release Date
March 28, 2023
The Big Book of Civil 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 Desmarais 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.

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I Love My City is an informative non-fiction picture book that details how a city goes from concept to creation. The pages are jam-packed with what steps need to occur for a city to develop. There are many things to consider when creating a city from public services to traffic and this book delves into it all.

The glossary at the end of the book was helpful and explains foreign terms in an easy-to-understand way. Throughout I Love My City, readers will find interesting facts that will engage them. Did you know that the world's largest coal mine is in Germany? Reading this book taught me that and so much more. Additionally, if readers want to research more about energy or recycling, there is a page with more resources. The colorful illustrations are the perfect balance to all of the detailed text.

This book is a fantastic resource for readers who want to learn more about what is involved in developing a city.
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