If the World Were 100 People

If the World Were 100 People

By Author / Illustrator

Jackie McCann, illus Aaron Cushley


Non Fiction

Age range(s)



HarperCollins Publishers




Paperback / softback




A thought-provoking introduction for children to the people who live on our planet.

There are almost 8 billion humans living on Earth, but it's tricky to picture so many people! So instead, let's imagine the whole planet is a village where 100 people live - each person representing around 80 million people in the real world.

So what does our global village of 100 people look like? Are they all grown-ups? Are there more males or females? How many have black hair or blue eyes? What languages do they speak? Who can read and write? How many have access to the internet or have enough food to eat? Does everyone have access to electricity or clean water?

This book answers all of these questions and much, much more! Big ideas are broken into bitesize chunks through clever illustration and graphic design. By focussing on just 100 people, it's easier to see the things we have in common, and the things that make us unique. If the World Were 100 People is a perfect introduction about the world we live in for children aged 5+ and a wonderful way to support them in becoming global citizens. Great to read at home or in the classroom.

So come and meet the people in our global village, and think about the big questions that affect us all!



The information in If the World Were 100 People is so interesting. Each double page spread is chock full of information about how the world's population and the comparative data is so beautifully presented by Aaron Cushley. My class were particularly surprised to learn that one fifth of people in the world's population do not have a safe home. They thought that it meant six of our class would not have a safe home... this was a sobering thought for them. I would definitely recommend this book for upper key stage two with its strong links to geography and PSHE.

There are so many similarities and differences between people which are shown in this book. My class were shocked by some of the statistics and were quite enraged at the unfairness of some of it too. The last pages look to the future and these were great discussion points for my class. They were really into trying to work out how they might solve the food issues of the future. I have great hope for the future.

32 pages / Reviewed by Sharon Porter

Suggested Reading Age 9+


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