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Orca Book Publishers

Home Sweet Neighborhood
Transforming Cities One Block at a Time
By (author): Michelle Mulder
9781459816916 Hardcover, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Lifestyles / City & Town Life Mar 19, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Active 8 x 9.5 x 0.44 in | 460 gr 48 pages full color images FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
JLG Gold Standard Selection 2019, Commended CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended Green Earth Book Award Honor Book 2020, Commended Rocky Mountain Book Award 2021, Short-listed Red Cedar Book Awards 2021, Short-listed
Wherever you live, you've got everything you need to create a strong community.

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.

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

Key Selling Points

The fifteenth book in the Orca Footprints series looks at what it means to place-make and create vibrant, close communities in vast urban areas.

Themes of placemaking, youth activism, and building communities.

This is the most upbeat of the Footprints, focusing on how cities can be brighter, and more inviting to everyone. With activities that include yarn-bombing, and painting city streets.

Can be paired with fiction title The Vegetable Museum for cross-curricular study.

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"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

Also Available

Going Wild Michelle Mulder 9781459812871 $19.95 CAD Mar 20, 2018
Pocket Change Michelle Mulder 9781459809666 $19.95 CAD Sep 13, 2016
After Peaches Michelle Mulder 9781554691760 $7.95 CAD Oct 01, 2009


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