We Heart L.A. Parks cover of Converse on grassy lawn with kid flying kite, two people picnicking and Downtown L.A. skyline
We Heart L.A. Parks map of parks featured in the book
Angels Gate Park | Illustration by Tracy Park
Hansen Dam Recreation Center | Illustration by Kristy Sandoval
Augustus F. Hawkins Nature Park | Illustration by Jason Lockyer
Ernest E. Debs Regional Park | Illustration by Margaret Gallagher
Venice Skate Park | Illustration by Alfie Ebojo aka alfienumeric
Watts Towers of Simon Rodia State Historic Park | Illustration by Letitia Meza
We Heart L.A. Parks L.A. Parks Adventures fold-out board game
We Heart L.A. Parks back cover with tree of contributors

We Heart L.A. Parks: A Coloring + Activity Book Celebrating Public Parks in the City of Los Angeles

Narrated Objects

Regular price $19.99 Sale

 
Now shipping or available at Skylight Books (Los Feliz), The Library Store (Downtown), Once Upon a Time Bookstore (Montrose), Leanna Lin's Wonderland (Eagle Rock), PostalWorks (Silver Lake), and Valero Robertson (Castle Heights/Culver Junction). Coming soon to Village Well (Culver City)!

"It's a love letter to the city and the spots where we can take a break from its urban landscape." Spectrum News 1 (Watch the segment!)

"Pick up a copy of the new We Heart L.A. Parks coloring book....a sweet tribute to L.A.'s open spaces." Los Angeles Times

"To merely call We Heart L.A. Parks a coloring book doesn’t do it justice....the book is simultaneously personal and extensive, a comprehensive guide to what makes LA parks truly special."Asian Journal

"[They] celebrate city parks in a very cool way. A uniquely fun and informative guide to the city's parks."The Hidden History of Los Angeles (Listen to the interview!)

"Dozens of L.A. nature lovers have come together to create a big, fun-filled activity book that’s so fun you might have to steal the crayons from your kids again. We Heart L.A. Parks transforms great moments at 52 [parks] into line drawings that you can color and customize." Los Angeles Magazine

"The creators of We Heart L.A. Parks chose the family-friendly coloring book format to reach—and include—young budding activists and to cover park equity, activism, and history in creative and personal ways." —L.A. Parent

"Part travel guide, part collector’s item, and entirely fun." Boulevard Sentinel

"Celebrate L.A. Parks! Check out this awesome coloring and activity book. Fun for all ages and provides info for public transit routes!" Griffith Park News

Public parks are vital resources to all of us as places for exploration, celebration, education, recreation, and activism. We Heart L.A. Parks celebrates these important sites by featuring more than 50 public parks within the city of Los Angeles with original illustrations, personal stories, and fun activities, including two colorful fold-outs: an L.A. parks map and an L.A. Park Adventures board game.

It is a coloring and activity book for all ages by contributors of all ages—elementary-school kids to veteran artists—who, through their art and words, fill these pages with their deep love for the city of Los Angeles, with all its beauty and complexities, and the public parks and recreation areas we all treasure. From hiking trails and lakes, to playgrounds and historic architecture—We Heart L.A. Parks highlights the diversity of our city’s open spaces and how urban wildlife and humans can share these spaces and flourish. It is an artful guide to the city that reminds us how safe and accessible public parks strengthen communities.

  • Compiled by Narrated Objects
  • Edited by Andrea Richards & Teena Apeles
  • Cover line art by  Jennifer Cuellar
  • Cover and map designed by Miriam Blier
  • Copyedited by Jessica Hoffmann
  • Layout by Lucy Gonzalez & Teena Apeles
  • 8.5 x 11 inches | softcover
  • 138 pages + color fold-out map and board game
  • ISBN: 978-0-978-0-9991670-3-8
  • Printed by MK Printing, Inc., an FSC®- & MBE-certified printer

Visit the parks featured in the book in person using our We Heart L.A. Parks map and view our original call for submissions here.

Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust

A percentage of profits from the book will be donated to the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, whose mission is to contribute to the equity and well-being of our neighborhoods through the development of parks, gardens, and community-driven organizing.

 

OUR CONTRIBUTORS 

Alfie Ebojo aka alfienumeric Andrea RichardsAnna MagnusonAnne Blecksmith • Audrey Becker • Britney PenouilhCaitlin Howard • Charles Cisneros • Charlie Becker • Cody Cameron • Daniel Duffie • Dean Rullan aka redinkedpandaDennis Cooper • Dominie Apeles • Eliseo Art SilvaFrank Furlong • Gray Cheek • I-Ching LaoIvan BorodinJason LockyerJennifer CuellarJessica HoffmannJohn SonJulia Bogany • Karen Lukesh • Kathryn LouyseKristy Sandoval • Leila Hamidi • Leticia MezaLA MetroLucy GonzalezMaite AldayMandi RobertsMargaret GallagherMax Alday • Miguel OrdeñanaMiles Castro • Miriam Blier • Octavio PerezOscar Rosales • Phoebe Cheek • Robin Murez • Siri Swanson • Sheryl SchroederSophia AllisonStacie JayeSunny Samuel Teena ApelesTracy ParkValentina M. QuezadaValeran Lothaniel • Zaiyde Cross