Places + People: A Book List for Kids | Los Angeles Conservancy

Places + People: A Book List for Kids

The Los Angeles Conservancy's Book List for Kids includes stories about places, architecture, and preservation. These books are appropriate for grades 1-5 and provide a great introduction to the built environment and why saving places matters.
Teachers and parents can use the accompanying Reading Guides to go deeper into the topics and themes each story explores. Each Reading Guide contains discussion questions to elicit feedback, vocabulary words for better comprehension, and activities to further learning. All books are available at the Los Angeles Public Library.
Do you know of a great kid's book about historic preservation or related topics? Email your suggestion to Sana Ahmed, Education Specialist, at
A House That Once Was
Go on an adventure with two curious friends who discover an abandoned home. 

Brick Who Found Herself in Architecture
Learn about historic brick structures as tenacious Brick searches for her place in the world.
Dream Something Big: The Story of the Watts Towers
A colorful story about Simon Rodia, an Italian American who created L.A.'s iconic Watts Towers. 
Iggy Peck, Architect
Precocious and creative, young Iggy builds structures out of all kinds of materials. 
Last Stop On Market Street
Take a bus ride with CJ as he and his Nana explore their city, finding things to be grateful for in unexpected places. 
The Little House
The landscape around the little house changes from farmland to city as time goes by. What does the future hold for the little house? 
Nana in the City
Clever Nana Knows how to help her grandson discover what makes the city extraordinary.
The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright
Young Frank Lloyd Wright is inspired by the shapes he sees in nature. Learn how those shapes make their way into the buildings he designs. 
The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid
Discover how Iraqi-born Zaha Hadid overcame obstacles to become a world-famous architect.