The world is an awfully big place, and it can be hard to make sense of it all. In his latest book, If: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Ideas and Numbers, nonfiction author David J. Smith comes to the rescue by providing context for hard-to-fathom facts. He uses everyday objects and concepts that students can easily grasp in order to make the leap into higher-level thinking and comprehension. Imagine, for instance, that the planets were different kinds of sports balls. Based on their size, which planet would be the big exercise ball? Which one would only be a small baseball? Imagine that all of the world’s water was represented by 100 glasses. How many glasses would have clean drinkable water? How many glasses would represent the ocean? If is a great example of what smart children’s nonfiction can look like. The facts are fascinating (even to adults!), the presentation is simple and helpful, and the accompanying illustrations are gorgeous to look at. Especially given the Common Core curriculum’s shift towards informational text, it’s nice to see authors who are willing to present information in a new and exciting way.
Read alike: If the World Were a Village, by David J. Smith 40 pages 978-1894786348 Ages 8-12
Recommended by Molly Crumbley, librarian, Maryland, USA.