Home Sweet Neighborhood

  • Pages:48
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Footprints
  • Themes:placemaking, community, neighborhood, creativity, inclusion
  • Available:03/19/2019
  • Age Groups:Nonfiction Ages 9-12
  • Lexile:1010L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:X
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Placemaking—personalizing public and semi-private spaces like front yards—is a growing trend in cities and suburbs around the world, drawing people out of their homes and into conversation with one another.

Picture a busy avenue. Now plant trees along the boulevard, paint a mural by the empty lot, and add a community garden. Set up benches along the sidewalks and make space for kids' chalk drawings, and you've set the scene for a thriving community. Kids are natural placemakers, building tree forts, drawing on sidewalks and setting up lemonade stands, but people of all ages can enjoy creative placemaking activities. From Dutch families who drag couches and tables onto sidewalks for outdoor suppers to Canadians who build little lending libraries to share books with neighbors, people can do things that make life more fun and strengthen neighborhoods. Home Sweet Neighborhood combines upbeat text, fun facts and colorful photos to intrigue and inspire readers.

"An upbeat view of innovations in modern living."
– Kirkus Review
Home Sweet Neighborhood makes me so happy! Michelle Mulder's delightful book is proof that, by working and playing together, all of us have the power to create better communities.
– Charles Montgomery, Author of Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design
"Lively idea. An intriguing book on a good topic."
– Booklist
"A vibrant introduction to community building through the practice of placemaking and how much one person can accomplish through small activities. Readers will be inspired by the variety of ideas and the stories of success to start placemaking in their own neighborhood. Highly Recommended."
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Young people will get ideas for projects they could recreate in their own neighborhood...and may even be inspired to get involved in local politics.”
– The Horn Book Online
Junior Library Guild (JLG) Gold Standard Selection   | 2019  |  Commended
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens   | 2019  |  Commended
The Nature Generation Green Earth Book Award - Honor Book   | 2020  |  Commended
Rocky Mountain Book Award (RMBA)   | 2021  |  Short-listed
Young Readers' Choice Book Awards of British Columbia (YRCABC) Red Cedar Book Awards   | 2021  |  Nominated