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City Numbers

Written by Joanne Schwartz

Illustrated by Matt Beam

  • 60 Pages
  • 9781554980819
  • 7" x 10"
  • Reading age to 3
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts / Counting


Publication Date May 14, 2011

Joanne Schwartz and Matt Beam have discovered numbers in many different forms all over the city. They are on houses and apartment buildings, on store windows and doors, on trucks and garbage bins, on sidewalks and parking spots. They are printed, spray-painted, molded in plastic, chiseled in stone, even torched into metal.

We see these numbers, often unconsciously, every day, but the wonderful photographs in this book prompt us to look at them more closely, becoming aware and alive to the art, serendipity and variety that surround us. This is a beautifully conceived book for anyone who enjoys engaging visually with the city.


Joanne Schwartz
Joanne Schwartz is a children’s librarian at the Toronto Public Library who has a special interest in picture books. She is the author of Our Corner Grocery Store, illustrated by Laura Beingessner, and City Alphabet, with photos by Matt Beam. She lives with her two daughters in Toronto, Ontario.

Matt Beam
Matt Beam is a writer, photographer and teacher. His young adult novels, published in Canada and the U.S., include Can You Spell Revolution?, Earth to Nathan Blue and Last December. City Alphabet, with words by Joanne Schwartz, was his first photographic picture book. He lives in downtown Toronto.


" impeccably designed yet playful twist on the traditional counting book..." Publishers Weekly

""Highly recommended."" CM Magazine

"...intriguing..." Globe and Mail

"for young readers who can appreciate the pleasure of seeing an old city with new eyes" Booklist

"This is a sophisticated book..." Quill & Quire