Author Daralynn Walker pens ‘Super Cities! Detroit’ children’s book

The book celebrates Motor City history, including its many firsts

click to enlarge Author Daralynn Walker was tapped by Arcadia to write Super Cities! Detroit. - Courtesy of Arcadia
Courtesy of Arcadia
Author Daralynn Walker was tapped by Arcadia to write Super Cities! Detroit.

Arcadia’s Super Cities book series has made a name for itself by putting historical facts from American cities into colorful and descriptive children’s books.

Can’t forget the Motor City. Enter author Daralynn Walker, a children’s book writer known for her Madison Miles & Friends books. She was tapped by Arcadia to pen the latest edition of the series, Super Cities! Detroit.

“It’s kind of like a graphic novel style, but it’s a historical book,” Walker says. “We talk about Detroit with images, we talk about the history of Belle Isle, how Detroit was founded, monuments in Detroit. It’s a lot of just cool gems and historical facts, but at a third-grade level.”

The book even includes a “How to talk Detroit” section, with Detroitisms like “What up, doe?” and “Coney Island.”

Walker believes Detroiters of all ages find the book informative and feel a sense of pride as they turn the pages.

“[We’ve] had a hand in a lot of the ‘first’ in this country,” she says. “The first paved road was in Detroit. We were the first city to have phone numbers. We were essentially a start-up city, a model for other cities.”

click to enlarge Detroit was a pioneer, including having the first mile of paved road in the U.S. and the first urban freeway. - Courtesy of Arcadia
Courtesy of Arcadia
Detroit was a pioneer, including having the first mile of paved road in the U.S. and the first urban freeway.

Walker, whose mother worked as a librarian, feels her love for the city that raised and groomed her gives her an advantage and a certain credibility. (She now lives in Atlanta.)

“I went to the schools in Detroit, and I’m also a writer for the city of Detroit,” she says. “My characters that I write about are all from Detroit, and I think that makes a difference because that creates another level of authenticity and understanding for the city of Detroit as a whole.”

Super Cities! Detroit is released on Feb. 6 by Arcadia.

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