Andrea Curtis, Katy Dockrill City of Water: An online children’s book reading

Join Andrea Curtis and Katy Dockrill to explore the second amazing book in the ThinkCities series, City of Water, which shines a light on the urban water system so vital to our health and well-being. The narrative traces the journey of water from the forests, mountains, lakes, rivers, and wetlands that form the watershed, through pipes and treatment facilities, into our taps and then toward wastewater treatment plants and back into the watershed. Andrea and Katy will share their ideas and inspirations for making the book and lead an interactive activity for all ages.

The ThinkCities series is inspired by the urgency for new approaches to city life as a result of climate change, population growth and increased density. It highlights the challenges and risks cities face, but also offers hope for building resilience, sustainability and quality of life as young people advocate for themselves and their communities.

This event, geared toward families and participants of all ages, is inspired by a number of CONTACT Festival exhibitions with a focus on the environment and climate change, including Sara Angelucci’s Botanica Colossi; Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs’ Future Perfect; Małgorzata Stankiewicz’s Lassen (This Is an Emergency); and Thirza Schaap’s Plastic Ocean.

Andrea Curtis writes books for both children and adults. Her children’s non-fiction titles include A Forest in the City, illustrated by Pierre Pratt; Eat This! (starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal) and What’s for Lunch? (VOYA’s Honor List). She has also written the young-adult novel Big Water and teaches creative writing to kids. Andrea lives with her family in Toronto where she grows vegetables, wanders the ravines, and spends as much time as possible on her bike.

Katy Dockrill is an honours graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her fresh brush-and-ink illustrations have attracted a wide range of clients, and she has won a number of awards for her editorial work. She has illustrated A Voice for the Spirit Bears by Carmen Oliver, among other titles, as well as many covers for children’s novels. Katy lives with her family in Toronto, where she loves swimming, gardening, and taking walks with her daughter.