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category: Children's Nonfiction
published: Mar 2019
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Home Sweet Neighborhood

Transforming Cities One Block at a Time

by Michelle Mulder

tagged: house & home, city & town life

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. 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.
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.

About the Author
Michelle Mulder is the founding author of and has written six other titles in the Footprints series—Pedal It!, Brilliant!, Every Last Drop, Trash Talk, Pocket Change and Going Wild. Michelle has also written the novels The Vegetable Museum, Not a Chance, Out of the Box, After Peaches and several other books for young people. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit michellemulder.com.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
9 to 12
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Book Awards
  • Commended, Green Earth Book Award Honor Book
  • Commended, JLG Gold Standard Selection
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
Editorial Reviews

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 <i>Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design</i>

“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

&quotAn upbeat view of innovations in modern living.&quot

— Kirkus Review

&quotA 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.&quot

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

&quotLively idea. An intriguing book on a good topic.&quot

— Booklist

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