City Streets Are for People

City Streets Are for People

Written by: Curtis, Andrea
Illustrated by: FitzGerald, Emma
ages 8 to 12 / grades 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

diagrams

facts

further information

further reading

glossary

historical context

illustrations

labels

resources

references


Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7
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.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3
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.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.6
Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

"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

diagrams

facts

further information

further reading

glossary

historical context

illustrations

labels

resources

references


Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7
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.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3
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.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.6
Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — May 1, 2022
Specifications 40 pages | 8.75 in x 10.625 in
Written By

ANDREA CURTIS’s children’s non-fiction titles include A Forest in the City and City of Water in the ThinkCities series, Eat This!, which received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, and What’s for Lunch? (VOYA’s Honor List). She has also written the young adult novel Big Water. Andrea lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario, where she grows vegetables, wanders the ravines and spends as much time as possible on her bike.

Illustrated by

EMMA FITZGERALD holds a BFA in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University. She is the author and illustrator of the bestselling Hand Drawn Halifax, Hand Drawn Vancouver and Sketch by Sketch Along Nova Scotia's South Shore, and the illustrator of EveryBody's Different on EveryBody Street and A Pocket of Time: The Poetic Childhood of Elizabeth Bishop, an IBBY Canada Cleaver Award nominee.

Audience ages 8 to 12 / grades 3 to 7
Key Text Features

diagrams; facts; further information; further reading; glossary; historical context; illustrations; labels; resources; references

Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.7
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.6