Book cover: Green Cityby Allan Drummond
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
Grades K-4

When a tornado swept through Greensburg, Kansas, the city was destroyed in nine minutes flat.

While the community was small, only 1,400 people, they were resilient and passionate about rebuilding. As the community began to rebuild, they decided to take advantage of the opportunity to make their community even better.

While some people decided to move away, those who stayed were committed to building a greener community. Through research, and the support of those inside and outside the community, Greensburg is now an example of what conscious rebuilding can do to shape the future of our communities.

Green City is a nice book, especially for elementary readers. There are side notes with more detail about the green initiatives in the city, but at the heart of the story is the sense of community and the desire to rebuild for the betterment of people and the planet.

This book would be useful for talking about renewable energy, the impacts of “natural” disasters, and communities working together.