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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)
May 24: China and India
May 25: Belem, Belo Horizonte; Belford Roxo is also a city, part of Metro Rio de Janeiro
May 26: Belarus; trade, barter, exchange
May 27: Germany (to Austria and other neighbors) and Canada (to northern US)
May 28: It first appeared on ancient maps as Terra Australis Incognita, unknown land to the south
May 29: Answer available here May 29 or sooner

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


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 KidsReads.com, part of the Book Report Network, a review site for books for children.

Click cover image to the left to go to amazon.com 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".


24 to 31 May, 2015

The Scale of the Universe
An interactive "scale of the universe" that will amaze you with its simple and phenomenal presentation of very complex ideas. Zoom in and out through various images, from 10 to the 28th power all the way down to 10 to the -35th power, click on an object to get more information. And keep in mind that Cary and Michael Huang, twins from California, created this at age 14.
See the 4 latest hotlinks at the bottom of this page, or click through to the 18-year archive of hotlinks.

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.


Visit the Fablevision "Mapping The World By Heart" page

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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

A completely revised new edition is now available from the extraordinary people at FableVision »

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 »

Listen to David Smith talk about the story behind the book »

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)

Alternatively, order from the U.S. distributor »



24 to 31 May, 2015

The Scale of the Universe
An interactive "scale of the universe" that will amaze you with its simple and phenomenal presentation of very complex ideas. Zoom in and out through various images, from 10 to the 28th power all the way down to 10 to the -35th power, click on an object to get more information. And keep in mind that Cary and Michael Huang, twins from California, created this at age 14.

17 to 24 May, 2015

International Data Base
Another service of the US Census Bureau, this page gives you easily customizable access to the Census Bureau's international data. First, select the type of report you're interested in, from Demographic Overview to Mortality to Population by specific groups; then select years, and a method for aggregating the data; then select countries or region. Sometimes the data isn't available, but most often, you get data presented to you in the manner you selected. Very powerful. Be sure to read the release notes, the methodology page, and the glossary

10 to 17 May, 2015

US and World Population Clocks
A service of the US Census Bureau, these two clocks keep a continuing count of the populations of the US and of the World. While the US has a net gain of one person every 15 seconds, or 4 per minute, the world population changes at an alarming rate -- around 140 per minute; the numbers fly by. Of course nobody knows the precise population of the world or the US, but the numbers here are based on official estimates and projections, and are consistent with the most recent census counts in those countries that actually do a census. This is a very useful tool.

3 to 10 May, 2015

Boston Children's Museum Collections
One of the few children's museums that maintains a collection, the Boston Children's Museum has an amazing cache of materials of interest to children, and to adults. The collections available here include Americana, the Ancient World, Tourist Art, Victorian Era Toys and Games, and much more. Fascinating.

26 April to 3 May, 2015

Maps in American Culture
The Digital Public Library of America is a platform, for which developers create apps that use the library's 9 million items in many different ways. This is one of the current exhibitions: From Colonialism to Tourism: Maps in American Culture. This exhibit explores many aspects of the cultural and historic impact of maps and mapping in America, from migration to the automobile and tourism (remember automobile road maps you could pick up for free at any service station?). While at this site, click the Exhibitions tab at the top of the page to see the other current exhibitions.

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