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If: A Mind-Bending New Way of 
Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers
David J. Smith
A Mind-Bending New Way
Of Looking at Big
Ideas and Numbers

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This Child, Every Child: A 
Book for Children About the Rights of Children
This Child Every Child
David J. Smith
A Picture Book About
The Rights of Children
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If the World Were a Village SECOND EDITION
If the World Were a Village

David J. Smith

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If America Were a Village
If America Were a Village
David J. Smith
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The index of resources, books and atlases and videos, has been updated to reflect the latest editions, usually 2014 or 2015, of each of the books. Click on "Books & Videos" in the Navigation Bar just above.

Most Recent Trivia Answers

Check here for answers to the Mapping the World By Heart and Geography Trivia Questions posted on Facebook and Twitter.
You can review the questions at the MTWBH facebook page
ANSWERS (usually a few days ahead so if I miss a day I'm not behind)
Oct 4: Monaco, Singapore
Oct 5: Japan, Spain, Andorra, Australia, Switzerland
Oct 6: Angola, CAR, Chad, Lesotho, Sierra Leone
Oct 7: Afghanistan, Mali, Somalia, CAR, Guinea-Bissau
Oct 8: Monaco, Iceland, Japan, Singapore, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic
Oct 9: Answer available here Oct 9 or sooner

Note that answers are only shown here for 4-5 days, and are then available at the Trivia Archive Page


4 to 11 October, 2015

Forty Maps That Explain Outer Space
Another posting from the folks at This is called 40 maps that explain outer space -- and ok, they are not ALL maps, but they are all very useful and intelligent and informative graphics. You can find our history of space exploration, space junk, the sizes of different aspects of space, early NASA flights, a map of spaceports all over the world, and much, much more. Worth a visit.
See the 4 latest hotlinks at the bottom of this page, or click through to the 18-year archive of hotlinks.


Here's a link to the Trailer for
"IF: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers". Click here

This is a review from the NY Times for 13 August: Click Here

And HERE is a review from a home-school mother.

And Click Here for a lovely review from, part of the Book Report Network, a review site for books for children.

Click cover image to the left to go to to read reviews and to order.

Don't want to order from Amazon? THIS LINK will take you to IndieBound, to order from an independent bookseller near you.

The Canadian National Reading Campaign posted this great review

The California Reading Association gave "IF" its Eureka Gold Medal

Here's a blurb From Publisher's Weekly -- See the first paragraph. This new book of mine is a "category killer", and "there's really nothing else like it out there, every page is a lesson plan".

A writer and reviewer in Australia has created a wonderful page about "If", with her review of it, and also a collection of very useful notes about how to use the book when reading it with children -- with 1 child, or with a classroom. Click here to read her review and teaching notes.

A librarian in Azle, TX, does a regular video called Book Hooks. Here's a link to one she made about "IF".

Recently Posted

** Jessie Voigts, of Wandering Educators, interviewed me for her blog. Watch the interview. About 10 minutes.
** Here's a detailed article followed by an interview. Read it here
** Or check out this blog entry about Dot Day and Celebri-dots, which you can read here
** You may be interested in this interview of David Smith posted by author Lois Peterson on her Blog. View it Here

Author Visits and School Consultations

David Smith has provided all kinds of school consulting, for more than 22 years. He does assemblies and classroom visits, and also provides in-service programs for teachers, and evening programs for parents and families. He also does a great many on-site or virtual author visits. "I love to do classroom visits, and I do them in-person, via Skype, via mail or text, and fees are low." For information about these services, please click here to contact David by email.

CitizenKid Central

Kids Can Press has created a new starting point for finding out about the children of the world,
and for learning about what we can do to help those who need help.
The site can be accessed by clicking here.
Study Guides for If The World Were A Village:
From Kids Can Press, Teaching Guide 1
From Kids Can Press, Teaching Guide 2
From the U.S. National Security Agency, A collection of classroom activities based on collecting and showing data

The Centre For Child Honouring

Click here to read about the Centre for Child Honouring; or click here to read Raffi's Covenant For Honouring Children.

MAPPING.COM: Resources, Materials, Ideas, and Fun About Geography


A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking At Big Ideas and Numbers

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"Imagine if you could condense all 3.5 billion years of life on Earth into just one hour. If you could, the dinosaurs wouldn't show up until the 56th minute of the hour, and they'd be gone three minutes later. Modern humans shamble into view in the last 2/10ths of the last second."

"In If, David J Smith, author of the bestselling If the World Were a Village scales down big imponderables -- from the huge scope of human and geoplogical history to the size of our planet and galaxy -- with surprising results."

View and Purchase This Featured Wall Map

The Tyvek World Map An indestructible and very beautiful wall map, a great addition to any wall, and perfect when working with children because the material is recycled plastic, and the map can't be ripped, damaged by tape, or otherwise damaged.


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The Mapping the World By Heart Curriculum & Consulting Services

YouTube Video Trailer Regarding Mapping the World By Heart

Mapping the World by HeartMapping the World By Heart is both a curriculum and a consulting service. Learn about the author's consulting services, including:

• workshops
• school assemblies and author visits
• in-service programs for teachers
• curriculum audits
• website evaluation
• credit-bearing summer institutes

David Smith travels the globe sharing his enthusiastic and innovative approach to teaching and learning about our world community.


"Before, when I heard the name of a country, I just thought of it as a name, and it didn't really matter to me. After you do a memory map, it's kinda neat because you can picture it in your mind, not only that country and what it's like there, but everything else around it. You have a map in your head wherever you go."  - Seventh Grader, Belmont, MA

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What is If The World Were A Village?  Click play button "" to view a short video trailer

View trailers like this about each of the books from the CitizenKid series »

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If The World Were A Village DVD

The animation of If The World Were A Village is available as a DVD or as a VHS tape, in English or in French, at reasonable prices.

To see a clip from the video, please click here.

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If The World Were a Village
(DVD in English)

Si el Mundo fuera una aldea
(video in Spanish)

Si le monde etait un vilage
(video in French)

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4 to 11 October, 2015

Forty Maps That Explain Outer Space
Another posting from the folks at This is called 40 maps that explain outer space -- and ok, they are not ALL maps, but they are all very useful and intelligent and informative graphics. You can find our history of space exploration, space junk, the sizes of different aspects of space, early NASA flights, a map of spaceports all over the world, and much, much more. Worth a visit.

27 September to 4 October, 2015

Geography terms explained
This is Bancrofts' Pictorial Chart of Geographical Definitions, tweaked a bit by the folks at Vox. There's a friendly little explanation at the bottom of the page of some of the more confusing terms. You can see the original on the David Rumsey Map Collection site by clicking here.

20 to 27 September, 2015

America By The Numbers
This is a good place to begin your exploration of the PBS series called "America By The Numbers", which aired a year ago. At this site, you can read about each of the episodes, learn about the resources and research involved in creating the series, and, if you wish, you can click through to the PBS site to watch any (or all) of the episodes in full. Even the splash page has some great data -- such as "2043: The year ethnic minorities will become the majority in the US, according to the US Census Bureau".

13 to 20 September, 2015

Open Street Map
Called "OSM" by librarians and others who work in geography and maps, this Open Street Map is built on open data, by a community of mappers contributing all kinds of local knowledge; it's free to use for any purpose, but read the "About" page for requirements for citation for other than personal use. To see how powerful this tool is, select any city you know well, and search. Amazing detail, even on little-known or not-recently-mapped places, such as Mogadishu.

Nineteen-Year Archive of Hotlinks (1996-Present) »

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