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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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5 of 5
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list price: $19.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
published: Mar 2010
pages: 80
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

HADLEY DYER is the author of More Than Money and other acclaimed titles for young readers. She has worked in the children’s book industry for more than twenty years and with multiple organizations that promote literacy and reading. She lives in Toronto.

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Marc Ngui

HADLEY DYER is the author of More Than Money and other acclaimed titles for young readers. She has worked in the children’s book industry for more than twenty years and with multiple organizations that promote literacy and reading. She lives in Toronto.

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

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

— Kirkus Reviews

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

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

— Toronto Star

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

— School Library Journal

... 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

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