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If the World Were a Village, written by David J. Smith, has won an International Reading Association Children’s Book Award and a Hans Christian Andersen Prize. Smith is also the recipient of a U.S. Department of Education “Breaking The Mold” Award. He has been featured by NBC’s Today Show, Time magazine, USA Today, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, and others. Smith’s “The Geography Quiz” is a regular feature on “The Jordan Rich Show,” syndicated by WBZ-Radio in Boston.

The following was taken from his book If the World Were a Village:

“At this moment, there are 6.9 billion people on the planet! It’s hard to picture so many people at one time – but what if we imagine the whole world as a village of just 100 people?

In this village:

21 people speak a Chinese dialect
10 earn less than two dollars a day
14 cannot read or write
45 have a television in their home
47 do not always have enough to eat”

Other Citizen Kidd books include This Child, Every Child, If America Were a Village, Tree of Life, The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth, One Well, The Story of Water on Earth, and more.

These books are educational and thought provoking. They teach the importance of knowledge, understanding and action.

These are some of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

Ann Simpson

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