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If the World Were a Village - Second Edition

A Book about the World's People

by (author) David J. Smith

illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2020
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2020
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jan 2013
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2011
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
  • Reading age: 8 to 12


The 2nd Edition of the best-selling book which has sold over 400 000 copies in 17 languages - updated with new content and insights about the world's people.

First published to wide acclaim in 2002, this eye-opening book has since become a classic, promoting “world-mindedness” by imagining the world's population - all 6.8 billion of us - as a village of just 100 people.

Now, If the World Were a Village has been newly revised with updated statistics, several new activities and completely new material on food security, energy and health. By exploring the lives of the 100 villagers, children will discover that life in other nations is often very different from their own.

If the World Were a Village is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.

About the authors

David J. Smith is a teacher and educational consultant with over 25 years of experience in the classroom and is the creator of the award-winning curriculum "Mapping the World by Heart."

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Shelagh Armstrong is a freelance commercial artist who has designed adult book covers, stamps and commemorative coins .If the World Were a Village was her first children's book. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Shelagh Armstrong's profile page


  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens , Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Winner, Parent's Guide Choice Award
  • Winner, Independent Publisher Book Award
  • Winner, Nautilus Award
  • Winner, Children's Book Award, International Reading Association
  • Winner, Our Choice - Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Winner, ABC Choices Award , Association of Booksellers for Children
  • Winner, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
  • Winner, Children's Choices List, International Reading Association
  • Winner, NAPPA - Children's Resources Gold Award

Editorial Reviews

Unique format shrinks the world's population down to 100 and presents who we are, where we live, how fast we are growing, what languages we speak and more.


These days, the world seems to be getting smaller. This timely, unique book enhances that sentiment. It is useful for a current understanding of the world's population.

School Library Journal

This amazing book could be used in many different ways across the curriculum.Each chapter (on topics such as population, food and schooling) is accompanied by bright, folksy illustrations that make this global village look like a lively and interesting place. Includes a section on teaching children about the global village.

Children's Book News

It's an eye-opener for all.

Where Toronto

Thought-provoking and highly effective, this world-in-miniature will open eyes to a wider view of our planet and its human inhabitants.

Horn Book Magazine

This offering can be an eye-opener and a source of action.

Library Talk, Starred Review

This highly informative book will get kids thinking and asking questions.


Librarian Reviews

If the World Were a Village: A Book About the World’s People (CitizenKid)

This newly revised edition has updated statistics and new information on food security, energy consumption and health. By shrinking the planet down to a village of just 100 people and providing new activities for discussion, this book will show children and families how they can become more aware of their place in the world. Originally published in 2002, by Kids Can Press (Our Choice 2003 Starred Selection).

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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