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Hidden City by Sarah Grace Tuttle, illustrated by Amy Schimler-Stafford


"... this celebration of urban wildlife subtly informs as it delights." - Kirkus 

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"Readers will be left realizing that nature’s miniature dramas are closer than they think." - Publishers Weekly

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"The short-lined verse cleverly employs sound effects, repetition, and pattern to add interest ... The digital collage illustrations turn the poems into luminous slices of beauty," 

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Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlife 

by Sarah Grace Tuttle 

illustrated by Amy Schimler-Safford

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers


ISBN-10: 0802854591

ISBN-13: 978-0802854599

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An empty lot has

grown over with

wild tangles of grass and aster,

bright dandelions,

wood sorrel, clover.


bees and butterflies feast on nectar

ants build

snails crawl

and garden snakes sun themselves

by the graffitied wall.


Amy  Schimler-Stafford


The perfect blend of science and poetry, Hidden City demonstrates that nature can thrive anywhere, even in highly populated areas. In this graceful collection of poems, skyscrapers serve as perches for falcons, streetlights attract an insect buffet for hungry bats, and an overgrown urban lot offers shelter to both flora and fauna. Hidden City also includes engaging supplementary materials, which provide scientific information about the animals and plants featured in the book.


Coupled with beautiful collage illustrations, the poems in Hidden City offer readers the perfect reminder to notice and care about their environment. 


awards & honors


2019 SCBWI Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award

2018 Eureka! Gold Medal from the California Reading Association 

2018 Best Books for Kids list by the New York Public Library

2019 Notable Poetry Books list by the National Council of Teachers of English 

2019 Best Children's Books of the Year list by Bank Street College of Education 

2020 Rhode Island Book Award Nominee

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