CHAPPAQUA, N.Y., Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Many of the world's children face life-threatening challenges, including war and human trafficking. David J. Smith, a leader in international education and author of If the World Were a Village, felt compelled to share with young readers the dramatic facts about other children's lives. The resulting book, This Child, Every Child: A Book About the World's Children, shows kids what life is like for children across the globe.
The book's startling anecdotes and statistics will prompt much-needed discussions at home and school. For example, 250 million children in the world have no birth certificates and can disappear–even in the U.S.
Smith is an international educational consultant and bestselling author, his award-winning If the World Were a Village has sold 400,000 copies in 23 languages. He's presented programs in more than 40 countries.
Using the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child as a template, This Child, Every Child reveals challenges children face in obtaining adequate food, clean water, education, and more. It's the newest book in CitizenKid™, a collection of Kids Can Press books that explain complex issues and inspire children to become better global citizens.
A portion of the proceeds from This Child, Every Child will support education programs at ONEXONE, a nonprofit that addresses children's fundamental needs. This joint initiative will help supply free books to children in Haiti. ONEXONE Ambassador Matt Damon is among those who support the organization.
In addition to If the World Were a Village, Kids Can Press publishes David Smith's If America Were a Village. These and other books in the CitizenKid collection highlight biodiversity, social justice, microfinance, global community, and water conservation and help kids take action to make change in the world.
David Smith has traveled to such places as Bulgaria, Namibia, and Indonesia to speak about his books and his Mapping the World By Heart curriculum, www.mapping.com. If the World Were a Village won an International Reading Association Children's Book Award and a Hans Christian Andersen Prize. Smith is the recipient of a U.S. Department of Education "Breaking the Mold" Award. He has been featured by NBC's Today Show, Time, USA Today, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, and others.
SOURCE Kids Can Press