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published: Mar 2010
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publisher: Kids Can Press

Watch This Space

Designing, Defending and Sharing Public Spaces

by Hadley Dyer, illustrated by Marc Ngui

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list price: $19.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
published: Mar 2010
ISBN:9781554532933
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

This unique and timely book introduces youth to what public space is, why it is important and how best to use it. It also underscores the need to create, preserve and protect public space. Readers will learn what makes successful public spaces work, the ins and outs of sharing and designing them, the issues surrounding teenagers in public spaces and much more.

Watch This Space answers the question, Why is public space important? It's important because this space belongs to all of us.

About the Authors

Hadley Dyer is the award-winning author of Here So Far Away and Johnny Kellock Died Today, among other books for children and young adults. She worked in the children’s book industry for more than twenty years. To learn more about her, visit her online at www.hadleydyer.com.

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Hadley Dyer is the award-winning author of Here So Far Away and Johnny Kellock Died Today, among other books for children and young adults. She worked in the children’s book industry for more than twenty years. To learn more about her, visit her online at www.hadleydyer.com.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
10 to 14
Grade:
5 to 9
Awards
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Winner, White Raven Award, International Youth Library
  • Winner, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, National Council for the Social Studies and the Children's Book Council
  • Winner, Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee
  • Short-listed, Norma Fleck Award , Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Red Maple Award, Ontario Library Association
Editorial Reviews

... the book's straightforward examination may empower them to take positive action.

— Kirkus Reviews

... a great resource for both teens and adults because it looks at and asks hard questions about what it truly means for something to be public space, and why it's increasingly important to value our public places --- whether they are streets, parks or civic buildings.

— Commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation

All too often, we forget that the most inspired cities are the ones which attract all people, especially young people, out of their homes and into the streets, plazas and parks. Watch this Space compresses all kinds of intelligence from academia into a first-rate, enticing book for teens about why public space matters. Readers are introduced to some of the world's most meaningful public spaces, from the Ganges River to Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia to a reinvented water tower in Soweto, South Africa. This is a book that equips teens to become advocates for beautiful public space wherever they may be in the world.

— Globe & Mail

The format of the book and the illustrations, in particular, are engaging and informative, complementing the text without overwhelming it.

— School Library Journal

... should be required reading for all young people, their parents and anyone who lives in a city.

— Toronto Star

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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Watch This Space: Designing, Defending and Sharing Public Spaces

This is an important and timely book that looks at public spaces – those places you can go to meet friends and hang out, places that are not privately owned, places where everyone is welcome. It is a very readable and well-written book that provides a good starting point for a discussion of urban design.

Author Hadley Dyer (her previous work includes the novel Johnny Kellock Died Today) divides her topic into four basic ideas – what is public space and why is it important, how do we share our public spaces, how can we design effective public spaces and what can we do if our public spaces are threatened. She uses different examples of public spaces around the world – the Ganges River, a skateboarding park in the Netherlands, the former dump in Soweto that has become a community hub and her own vibrant neighbourhood in downtown Toronto. These are places that encourage interaction and a sense of belonging among residents. Her focus is often on teenagers and how necessary it is for them to have a place away from home and school where they can have the freedom to explore their growing independence in a safe environment.

She concludes with some great examples of people who have worked to protect their public spaces. There is the student who has worked to get advertisements out of his school, a librarian who works with a youth advisory group, and a young man who talks about hosting fundraisers. It’s a great book from start to finish that opens our eyes to the importance of public space in building sustainable communities

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2010. Vol.33 No.2.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Watch This Space: Designing, Defending and Sharing Public Spaces

This groundbreaking book examines public space — what it is, why it’s important and how to protect and expand it. How kids around the world have helped to create, design, share and protect public space is also discussed. It is written so that kids can relate to it and includes lots of interesting sidebars that grab one’s attention. An excellent resource for geography teachers and students.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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