Green roofs are increasingly being built on a variety of buildings where people of all ages can appreciate them, including hospitals, museums, and schools. There are a number of terrific resources available for designing and understanding the dynamics of green roofs, but very few books have been written for the younger audience that is also curious about this new technology.
Seeing a need for a fun and engaging resource that would help children learn about the benefits of green roofs, we wrote and self-published an activity book. Growing UP in the City: A Book About Green Roofs guides young readers through the journey of two bumble bees as they travel through a city and learn about green roofs. Along the way, there are activities including matching, a word search, a crossword puzzle, drawing, designing an experiment, a board game, and plenty of coloring and reading.
In this presentation, we will let you in on our own journey including steps that went into writing, illustrating and publishing the book. We’ll share some of our challenges and stories about how the book has been used since its publication, including reviews from some of our young fans. We’ll also tell you how you can get your own copy of this great book – for free!