The Tantrum That Saved The World: carbon neutral kids' book


About This Book 


Megan Herbert and Dr. Michael E. Mann are life-long communicators, as a writer and illustrator and scientists. They are also both parents who wish to share the same purpose: to communicate about climate change to children in a way that educates and empowers them to make a real difference.

As parents, Megan Herbert and Dr. Mann wanted to create a book that would talk to kids about what’s happening to our planet, but not scare them senseless at bedtime. Or bore them into apathy by reading them dry academic material. Or give them reason to be angry, without also giving them the tools to manage their strong emotions. Most importantly they wanted to inspire children to do something about climate change. They were also cautious to avoid adding to the problem. And so, carbon neutrality became a central goal for this project. This book will be printed on 100% recycled materials, using soy inks, in a printing facility run on renewable energy, with no waste going to landfill, and carbon offset shipping. Every effort is being made at every stage of production and fulfillment to create a book that not only has a strong message, but that lives and breathes it. 

The story is about a little girl who comes face to face with an enormous challenge, feels all kinds of frustration as she tries to overcome it, and then channels those strong emotions into action, rallying all those around her to do the same.Following this engaging, relatable tale, comes the explanation of the science of climate change in language that children can understand, telling the stories of the climate refugees that appear in the story, and how all their lives are interconnected. An Action Plan then outlines simple and positive steps every person can take to make a real difference and to become the heroes of their own stories.

This book is created by professionals in their field. The storytelling is exciting and well-structured. The writing is lyrical and engaging, with the fiction section presented in rollicking rhymes to keep children hooked into the story. The non-fiction section is based on meticulously-researched and peer-reviewed science, tempered and communicated in simple terms that children can understand. The illustrations complement and enhance the text, bringing it all together in a book that your children will want to hear again and again.



2018 Moonbeam Children's Book Award Winner!

2020 American Meteorological Society Louis J. Battan Author's Award Winner!

2022 The Financial Times Best New Books on Climate Change (Review)

2022 People Magazine's Best Children's Books to Read with Your Kids on Earth Day (Review)




Media Reviews

Stop the Summer Reading Slide With Eco-Themed Kids’ Books - Gemma Alexander, Earth911

Carbon-Neutral Book Empowers Kids To Protect The Environment - Aimee Lutkin, Green Matters

This picture book about climate change won’t freak your kids out - Alessandra Potenza, The Verge

World Saving Books - UNFCCC

​Lighthearted Climate Change Storybooks - Michael Hemsworth, Trend Hunter

Can Throwing a Tantrum Help Save Us From Climate Change? - John R. Platt, The Revelator

18 Great New Books About Climate Change, Sustainability and Pioneering Women Environmentalists - John R. Platt, The Revelator

Children's Books About Climate Change - Yale Climate Connections 

Can a Tantrum Save The World? We Asked a Class of First Graders - Jesse Nichols and Eve Andrews, Grist

15 Holiday Gifts for the Earth-Loving Bookworms in Your LifeKatie O'Reilly, Sierra Club

This picture book is the perfect way to introduce kids to climate change - Yessenia Funes, Gizmodo

"Insieme per salvare il mondo": il libro-manifesto per i giovani che si battono per il clima - Terra

Children's books can do more to inspire the new generation of Earth warriors - Gary Haq, The Conversation 

How Can Kids Handle Climate Change? By Throwing A Tantrum - The Weather Network

Raising a Tantrum About Climate Change -

Book Review: The Tantrum that Saved the World - NCSE blog

Climate Change is Now a Bedtime Story - The Outline

The best new books on climate change - The Financial Times

The Best Children's Books to Read with Your Kids on Earth Day - Andrea Wurzburger, People Magazine


"We wouldn't usually encourage tantrums ... unless they save the world!"

--People Magazine