Below is a list of books which teachers have found useful for starting conversations about data in the classroom. Book reviews from teachers and learners will be linked below each title as we receive them.

Have you used one of these books to teach data in your classroom and want to share your experience? Is there a book not listed below that you would recommend to other teachers? Get in touch!


If the World Were a Village by David J. Smith
David Smith (2018) If the world were a village. Bloomsbury Education.

Animated video version
Resources from nrich maths
World Population Clock

If: A Mind-Bending Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers: Smith, David J.: 9780750293846: Books
David Smith (2016) If… A mind bending way of looking at big ideas and numbers. Wayland.


If the World Were 100 Animals: Imagine the planet's animal population as 100 creatures: find out what they are, and where and how they live in this insightful and inspiring illustrated book:
Miranda Smith (2022) If the world were 100 animals Red Shed.


Information is Beautiful by McCandless, David
David McCandless (2009) Information is Beautiful. Collins


Beautiful News: Positive Trends,... by McCandless, David
David McCandless (2009) Beautiful news.


Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, and Anna Rosling Rönnlund (2018) Factfulness. Ten reasons we’re wrong about the world and why things are better than we think. Sceptre.


Invisible Women: the Sunday Times number one bestseller exposing the gender bias women face every day: Perez, Caroline Criado: 9781784706289: Books
Caroline Criado Perez (2019) Invisible Women: exposing data bias in a world designed for men Chatto & Windus.


OBSERVE, COLLECT, DRAW! — giorgialupi
Georgia Lupi and Stephanie Posavec (2018) Observe, Collect, Draw! A visual journal. Discover patterns in your everyday life. Princeton Architectural Press.


I Am a Book. I Am a Portal to the Universe. : Posavec, Stefanie, Quick, Miriam: Books
Stephanie Posavec and Miriam Quick (2020) I Am a Book. I Am a Portal to the Universe. Particular Books.
Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize review


Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World: Bergstrom, Carl T., West, Jevin D.: 9780525509189: Books
Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West (2021) Calling Bullshit. The art of scepticism in a data-driven world. Penguin Random House.


Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote... by Ritchhart, Ron
Ron Ritchart, Mark Church, and Karin Morrison (2011) Making Thinking Visible: How to promote engagement, understanding, and independence for all learners. Jossey-Bass


Show and Tell! Great Graphs and Smart Charts: An Introduction to Infographics : Murphy, Stuart J, Bellón, Teresa: Books
Stuart Murphy (2022) Show and Tell! Great graphs and smart charts: an introduction to infographics. Charlesbridge Publishing.


Where the Animals Go – Tracking Wildlife with Technology...
James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti (2016) Where the animals go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics. Particular Books.


Atlas of the Invisible
James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti (2021) Atlas of the Invisible. Particular Books.