Engaging children’s books about architecture

“Hill takes readers on an engaging tour of New York City’s architectural animals… [Urban Animals is] a primer on architectural terms and an invitation to look closely at the urban environment... It hits the bull’s-eye; readers will find the floppy-eared dog peering out from a Corinthian column and the elephants holding up flag-poles, and they’ll want to go out immediately on animal quests of their own.”

- Kirkus Reviews

Building Stories is a book that arrives every once in a while, a book that effortlessly balances learning with fun…. Who knew that buildings had so much to say? All we had to do was listen—and Isabel Hill absolutely speaks the mysterious language of buildings.”

- V.S., New York Journal of Books

“Once again, Isabel Hill brings the stories of our built environment to life for the youngest preservationist. While showcasing some of the most inspiring architectural gems that make up our nation's capital, we are given a new appreciation for the details of these magical places. Her fresh approach to architecture, storytelling and discovery make children's books like hers a must read.”

- Stephanie Meeks, President, National Trust for Historic Preservation

“Hill combines counting, shapes, and colors in a book built around photographs of architectural details…within the Art Deco District of Miami Beach, Fla. Simple, direct phrases, set opposite each photo, take readers from one to 10 (“1 yellow diamond/ 2 white octagons”); the shapes are also echoed in tidy borders that frame each spread… it’s an intriguing glimpse at an architecturally distinctive community.”

- Publishers Weekly

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