Cities: Discover How They Work
". . . Reilly’s book delivers on its promise to make learning about complex urban environments fun. . . a good addition to an upper elementary or middle school curriculum on the history of urban development, urban sociology, current issues in city planning or management and city planning for the future."
Winner of a 2014 Silver Moonbeam Award
School Library Journal
“ According to the 2010 Census. 80% of Americans line in urban areas. But do they know what it takes to make a city run? From this well-organized and engaging text, readers will learn how cities developed and grew. . . this is a worthy title for any library collection.”
“Propounding the emerging interdisciplinary paradigm of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics), this hands-on informational book discusses how cities’ complex structures and systems function together in an interdependent way. Through appealing illustrations, reader-friendly text, and fun hands-on experiments suitable for home and classroom . . .”
". . . If you're looking for something different to do this summer, use the activities in this book to explore any city you visit."
". . . Both teachers and homeschooling parents will find this a very useful book which integrates science, technology, engineering, art, and math in a very practical and interesting manner in the study of cities."
Susan Anderson, director, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Portland, Oregon
“This book does a wonderful job helping children understand how cities work, why they were created in the first place, and how cities might evolve in the future.”
Alessandra Gorini, Co-Founder, Executive Director, Y4PT?(Youth for Public Transport), International Association of Public Transport, Brussels, Belgium
“Presents a vision of spaces to young people that cities are the expression of humanity, not just an agglomeration of concrete.”
Praise for other titles by Kate Reilly
Explore Weather and Climate!
National Science Teachers Association
"This book provides children and teachers with 25 activities related to weather and climate. If your curriculum includes these topics, this book may be ideal. . . The userfriendly format combined with the low reading vocabulary makes the book easy for students to navigate."
Food: 25 Amazing Projects Investigate the History and Science of What We Eat
"One of 20 books in the 'Build It Yourself' series, this edition discusses the history and culture of food in an interesting format. With obesity in young people on the rise, they need all the information possible to make wise food choices. This book is perfect to get them thinking about the subject. "
Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself
"Both comprehensive and approachable, this title combines explanations of science concepts and environmental issues with hands-on projects."
2008 Moonbeam Children's Book Award
Parent's Choice Foundation Recommended
2009 Moonbeam Children's Book Award For Energy: Investigate Why We Need Power and How We Get It