2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow's Kids: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow's Kids


Winner of the 2012 Grand Canyon Reader Award for a Non-fiction book

Global events and new technology change how we live from moment to moment. So, what will our world be like in twenty years? Come take a look as futurists Amy Zuckerman and James Daly examine what a kid?s daily life might be like in the year 2030. Inspired and informed by trends and scientifi c and technological research, 2030 is not only a peek at some cool future gadgets (talking dog collars, cars that drive ...

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Winner of the 2012 Grand Canyon Reader Award for a Non-fiction book

Global events and new technology change how we live from moment to moment. So, what will our world be like in twenty years? Come take a look as futurists Amy Zuckerman and James Daly examine what a kid?s daily life might be like in the year 2030. Inspired and informed by trends and scientifi c and technological research, 2030 is not only a peek at some cool future gadgets (talking dog collars, cars that drive themselves), but also a thoughtful examination of how our lives might be impacted as we adjust to environmental change.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Back many years ago, when Dick Tracy was talking to his wrist watch, it seemed quite farfetched. Now you can talk, e-mail, take and send pictures, and do just about whatever you want with a cell phone strapped to your wrist or carried in a pocket. What will the future hold? Zuckerman and Daly speculate in this picture book, and, amazingly, they are really only looking about twenty years ahead. The opening spread shows a contemporary kid with a dog and skateboard, looking at his counterpart in 2030 who is using a magnetized skateboard that floats above the ground. His personal computer is a data orb and also seems to float along beside him, and his dog has a collar and headset that appear to take its thoughts and convert them into words. The data orb transmits and receives three-dimensional images, and clothes are created with special fibers that will keep you warm or cool. People like this young boy's dad work from home. Water is recycled; wind turbines generate electricity, and garbage is reused to grow fruits and vegetables. Speaking of foods "scientists have discovered the part of your brain that controls taste and flavors. So you'll be happy to eat healthy things." Cars drive themselves, thus minimizing accidents, eliminating traffic tie ups, and getting lost. Much of this future is based on actual research, but the real issue is when or if these inventions will be cost-effective enough for mass production and general use. The closing page contains a bibliography of books, journal articles, reports, and news sources. For those who may want a peek at the future, this list is a great resource. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal

Gr 3-5

A talking dog, a housecleaning robot, and a three-dimensional "data orb" are among the many cool features that kids might enjoy in the future, according to this lighthearted look at 2030. The breezy narrative follows one boy through a typical day, highlighting many interesting aspects of his world. Fanciful cartoon drawings show a lively and appealing world full of new and intriguing activities that correspond neatly to modern equivalents. Schools are now made from plasticized blocks that snap together, for example, while recess features virtual batting practice and a "smart trampoline." Recreational activities include magnetized hovering skateboards and a virtual-reality "Fanta-trek Center." Some social changes are briefly noted, such as new career paths and the increase of marriages between different ethnicities. Interaction with the natural world is not mentioned, although many of the new technologies have eco-friendly components and the food is all meatless and delicious. Illustrated sidebars provide a bit of additional information or background, but the emphasis here is more on what new technologies will do, rather than how they will work. The one exception to the fun comes in an inset paragraph about overpopulation and starvation in Africa, a jarring bit of realism in this otherwise worry-free existence. The day ends with a neat twist as the boy reaches for his favorite type of entertainment, which the final page turn reveals as "reading a book."-Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR

Kirkus Reviews
This peek into the future comes to read more like a cautionary tale than a revel in the phantasmagoria down the road. It starts innocently-the day still breaks with the sun, though now there's a "data orb" to immediately plug one into the constant stream of communication and information. Various labor- and energy-saving devices abound, and changes to the population pyramid and urban design are noted. But life gets awfully virtual: No need to go to Egypt to see the Sphinx, it comes to your classroom via hologram; why go to the playing field when you can take virtual batting practice? Broccoli now tastes like French fries, malls (yes, still malls) are "the size of a small town" with "moving racks so you don't have to walk." Your watch beams health information-"and even your feelings"-directly to your doctor. Despite such sobering data as the effects of AIDS on Africa, the zippy text and Manders's electric artwork combine for a relentlessly chirpy treatment. It comes with an extensive bibliography; sadly, neither 1984 nor Feed made the cut. (Informational picture book. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525478607
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 3/19/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 151,016
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: NC990L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Zuckerman is an award-winning business writer who specializes in technology and trends. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

James Daly is the publisher of Edutopia magazine and founder of Business 2.0. He lives in Alameda, California.

John Manders has illustrated many books for children, including Prancing, Dancing Lily, by Marsha Diane Arnold. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Innovations The Kids of the Future Will Enjoy!

    This is a GREAT book for middle and grade school level kids. Even the Kindergarten, first and second graders (for whom this book would be too difficult to read) would enjoy having it read to them. It described various aspects of life now and compared it with innovations that will most likely be common in 20 years.

    The book covers home and domestic life changes, school innovations and how the classroom will run and what tools the teachers will have at their disposal, technology incorporated into clothing, and my favorite, PLAYTIME INNOVATIONS! The skateboard park using magnetics for motion (featured on the cover) is a fascinating possibility.

    The drawings are excellent; very colorful and support the descriptions very closely. This was very popular with my daughters 4th grade class at parent reading day. I told them this is a likely description of life for THEIR kids. They were fascinated by this glimpse into the world 20 years into their futures.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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