Shigeru Ban Builds a Better World (Architecture For Good)


by Isadoro Saturno & Stefano di Cristafro


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Shigeru Ban Builds a Better World inspires children and families to learn about the remarkable work of one of the most acclaimed architects in the world, Shigeru Ban. Known for his innovative approach to materials and designs, Ban also regularly comes to the aid of disaster victims and refugees by designing temporary shelters that are typically made from inexpensive and recyclable paper tubes. His projects include a temporary school after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, shelters after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and a church in New Zealand after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

The debut title in Tra Publishing's innovative Art For Good series, this illustrated book encourages children and their families to learn about artists, the artistic process, and the art for humanitarian and environmental good in a way that is accessible, appealing, and welcoming.

Inside, you'll find:

  • An insert booklet showing examples of the artist’s practice
  • An original interview
  • A timeline
  • And more!


    “An effective invitation to children to join Ban in using creativity to solve big problems.” —The Horn Book

    A beautiful biographical picture book about architecture, social good, and using one’s artistic skills to help others. 

    Isadoro Saturno  is a Venezuelan poet, editor, and children’s literature author who lives in Miami. His 2018 book for children, Conejo y Conejo (Ediciones Ekaré), won the Banco del Libro’s Best Book for Children prize, was recommended in the 2020 IBBY list and was translated into Chinese in 2020. His poems and short stories are published in anthologies across the globe. His latest book, Dear Parent or Guardian, will be published by Ugly Ducking Presse (New York, 2023).

    Stefano Di Cristofaro  is an award-winning illustrator. He has illustrated the children’s books Conejo y conejo, Guachipira va de viaje, and La Sayona y otros cuentos de espantos. Conejo y conejo was awarded the 2019 People's Choice Award from the Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition at the Shanghai International Children's Book Fair and a 2019 Best Children's Books by Banco del Libro. Guachipira va de viaje was selected as one of the 2017 White Ravens books by the Internationale Jugendbibliothek (International Youth Library) in Munich.


    Publication Date | September 26, 2023 | Trade edition

    Kraft Hardcover » Smyth Sewn Binding

    40 Pages + 12 Page Insert + 10 Color Photographs

    Color Illustrations Throughtout

    7.7 x 10 in.

    $19.99 ($26.99 CAN)


    Reading Age: 3-6 years