Published by Crown Books for Young Readers
Summary: It’s hard to envision 8 billion people (the current population of Earth), so what if that number is reduced to 100? 60 people live in Asia, 5 in North America. 11 don’t have enough to eat (although enough food is wasted each day to feed them), and 29 don’t have access to clean water. 26 are under 14, and 8 are over 65. And, as you may have already heard, 10 people have 85% of the world’s wealth. Each of these facts is accompanied with an infographic that helps readers see the information. The final two pages attempt to answer the question, “What are the big questions?” as we move into a future that will likely see 10 billion people on the planet by 2050. 32 pages; grades 2-5.
Pros: I love information like this, and really, who doesn’t? It makes demographics so much more accessible, with the fun illustrations adding another level of access. I learned some surprising facts, as I’m sure most readers would. This could be used for social studies into middle school or even high school.
Cons: No back matter.