Esri Publishes Children's Book Introducing Site Selection to Youth Audience

Finding the Best Place for a New Playground

REDLANDS, Calif.—May 25, 2021—Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, today announced the publication of The Playground Problem.

Finding their favorite playground closed forever, what are David and Emma to do? With the help of their neighbor, Kayla, and her dog, Blazer, they set out to solve this problem. Thinking spatially, they apply introductory mapping and basic spatial analysis to solve several puzzles and narrow the best place for siting a new playground. In the end, after experiencing a number of challenges, they partner with others in their community to present their proposal to the town council.

Large, brightly illustrated pages laid out in comic-book style invite readers into the story. In-book activities make them part of this group of problem solvers.

Appropriate for grades 1 through 5, The Playground Problem teaches basic mapping, distance, direction, spatial pattern analysis, and overlay skills.

The Playground Problem is available in print (ISBN: 9781589485686, 40 pages, US$14.99). Both editions can be obtained from most online retailers worldwide. The print edition is also available for purchase at or by calling 1-800-447-9778. If outside the United States, visit for complete ordering options, or visit to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

About Esri

Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, helps customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969 in Redlands, California, USA, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations globally and in over 200,000 institutions in the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and universities. Esri has regional offices, international distributors, and partners providing local support in over 100 countries on six continents. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, Esri engineers the most innovative solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics. Visit us at


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