If The World Were a Village

Hardcover Jacket
978-1-55453-595-8 | Feb 1, 2011 List Price:
USD $18.99, CAD $19.99

4-color • 9 x 12 • 32 pages
Grades: 3 To 7 / Ages: 8 to 12

978-1-55337-732-0 | Mar 3, 2020 List Price:
USD $10.99, CAD $12.99

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.


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Educational Resources


Human geography
Global awareness
Cultures, Local & Global Community


Guided Reading
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citizenship   community   geography   global awareness   multiculturalism   scale, proportion, and quantity

Reviews & Awards


“This highly informative book will get kids thinking and asking questions.”
Booklist, March 2002

“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.”
ForeWord, April 2002

“It’s an eye-opener for all.”
Where Toronto, March 2002

“This offering can be an eye-opener and a source of action.”
Library Talk, Starred Review, December 2002

“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, May 2002

“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, May 2002

“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, December 2002


2012 Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner
2004 Alberta Children’s Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2003 Nautilus Award, Winner
2003 Children’s Choices List, International Reading Association, Winner
2003 Our Choice - Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner
2003 Parent’s Guide Choice Award, Winner
2003 ABC Choices Award, Association of Booksellers for Children, Winner
2003 Independent Publisher Book Award, Winner
2003 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, Winner
2003 Children’s Book Award, International Reading Association, Winner
2002 NAPPA - Children’s Resources Gold Award, Winner