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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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Mapping the World By Heart News...

Fun news: "If" was recently short-listed for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize. Click here to read about it.
The School Library Association of the UK last November posted the winners of their Information Book Award for 2016. The Children's Choice winner was If: A Mind-Bending Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers (published in the UK by Wayland)
Here's a link to the story about the awards.
Fablevision Learning is posting interviews with teachers who use the Mapping the World By Heart; curriculum, in different settings, different schools. Good photos.
First, David Smith himself -- interview and photos
Spotlight: Robin Clements.
Spotlight: Jim Dowd.
Spotlight: Nikki McGuire.
Spotlight: Jessie Jung
Homeschool Buyers Co-op has a special deal with Fablevision; you can get 24% off the price of the Mapping the World By Heart curriculum binder, and save on extra map sets too. Click here to go to their website and read all the details

Materials About Geography

Click "Books and Videos" above to read about all kinds of materials for geography teachers, and for everybody interested in the world.

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)
Nov 18: Khmer (Cambodian) has 74 letters
Nov 19: Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea
Nov 20: La Paz, Bolivia -- 11,942 feet, 3640 m
Nov 21: Alaska and California each have 8
Nov 22: Answer available here Nov 22 or sooner
Note that answers are only shown here for 4-5 days, and are then available at the Trivia Archive Page


19 to 26 November, 2017

Meridian Project A project of the DX lab at the State Library of New South Wales, this is a fascinating effort to overlay ancient maps on to 3D globes. So far, only two have been created, but more are on the way. Worth repeat visits.
See the 4 latest hotlinks at the bottom of this page, or click through to the 21-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."

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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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19 to 26 November, 2017

Meridian Project A project of the DX lab at the State Library of New South Wales, this is a fascinating effort to overlay ancient maps on to 3D globes. So far, only two have been created, but more are on the way. Worth repeat visits.

12 to 19 November, 2017

Language Landscape Language Landscape is a tool for mapping where languages are spoken around the world. Markers placed on a world map allow users to click on the map, and hear recordings of some of the languages spoken in those locations. Many language samples here, and a map that is easy to navigate. A rich collection -- from English to Creole to Yoruba and on and on, with many, many more.

5 to 12 November, 2017

USGS-Protected Area Data The USGS is creating a new database, in their words "a spatially explicit inventory that lets any user, from the general public to professional land managers, know what lands are protected, and allows them to easily use the inventory in conservation, land management, planning, recreation, and other uses. The site offers a rich variety of materials, maps, and more.

29 October to 5 November, 2017

Mapping Literary London "Fictional Geography", a new field of study, is not just the geography of works of fiction, but can also mean geography that is tweaked to fit an author's vision of a place and a time. This article, from Atlas Obscura, is about a project at Stanford Univ called the Spatial History Project. The locale is London, and the fiction they reviewed is works of British literature from 1700 to 1900. Some very interesting discoveries were made as a result of this work -- specifically, the physical London, and the fictional London, were surprisingly dissimilar. Worth a read by itself, but also could provide impetus for classes to map the places they read about and see what there might be to learn.

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