Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 12
- Grade: 3 to 7
Congested city streets are noisy and thick with cars and trucks, while pedestrians and cyclists are squeezed to the dangerous edges—but does it have to be this way?
Imagine a city where we aren’t stuck in cars, where clean air makes it easier to breathe, and where transit is easy to access—and on time. Imagine a city where streets are for people!
This fun, accessible and ultimately hopeful book explores sustainable transportation around the globe, including electric vehicles, public transit, bicycles, walking and more. It invites us to conjure up a city of the future, where these modes are all used together to create a place that is sustainable, healthy, accessible and safe.
Includes a list of ideas for children to promote green transportation in their communities, along with a glossary and sources for further reading.
The ThinkCities series is inspired by the urgency for new approaches to city life as a result of climate change, population growth and increased density. It highlights the challenges and risks cities face, but also offers hope for building resilience, sustainability and quality of life as young people advocate for themselves and their communities.
Key Text Features
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.
About the authors
Andrea Curtis is an author of books for children and adults. Her children’s non-fiction titles include Eat This!, which received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, and What’s for Lunch?, named to VOYA’s Honor list. She has also written the young adult novel Big Water. Her adult books include Into the Blue, winner of the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction, and The Stop, winner of the Heritage Toronto Award of Merit and a finalist for the Toronto Book Award. She has also won a number of National Magazine Awards. Andrea lives with her family in Toronto.
EMMA FITZGERALD was born in Lesotho, a small mountainous kingdom in Southern Africa. Her early travels have given her a large appetite for adventure. Combining her interest in people and places, Emma followed a career path that was part architecture, part art. She received her BFA in Visual Art at the University of British Columbia, spending her third year at Lâ??Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, where she honed her drawing skills. She then completed her undergraduate and masterâ??s degrees in Architecture at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She has worked in architecture offices in Johannesburg, South Africa, and across Canada.
While working in Gambia, Emma took students onto the streets of their own communities, using sketching as their primary learning tool. When she returned to Halifax, drawing became an act of connecting with the many stories and unofficial histories of the area, a custom during her travels, but never before in Halifax. This laid the groundwork for her new book.
City Streets Are for People will fuel actionable efforts towards a greener and more sustainable transportation future.
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
A thoughtful book for young environmentalists.
An empowering look at reclaiming urban areas from vehicles for a better quality of life and a greener future.
Informative and engaging.
Atlantic Books Today
[An] informative, fact-filled book.
School Library Connection
Other titles by Andrea Curtis
City of Water
A Forest in the City
How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (And How to Fight Back)
How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement
The Churches of Oro-Medonte
What’s for Lunch?
How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World
What's for Lunch?
How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World
Into the Blue
Other titles by Emma FitzGerald
EveryBody's Different on EveryBody Street
Sur la rue de Tout-le-Monde
Hand Drawn Vancouver
Sketches of the City's Neighbourhoods, Buildings, and People
A Pocket of Time
The Poetic Childhood of Elizabeth Bishop
Sketch by Sketch Along Nova Scotia's South Shore
Hand Drawn Halifax: The Colouring Book
Hand Drawn Halifax
Portraits of the city's buildings, landmarks, neighbourhoods and residents