World Saving Books
World Saving Books
The Tantrum that Saved the World



“THE TANTRUM THAT SAVED THE WORLD” is a remarkable new, award-winning children’s book by Australian writer and illustrator, Megan Herbert, and climate scientist, Michael E. Mann, about a little girl who stares down the climate crisis and channels tantrum power into positive action to save the world.

The book consists of three parts. The first part is a story about a little girl who inherits a huge problem she didn’t ask for, feels all kinds of frustration as she tries to solve it, and then channels those strong emotions into positive action, inspiring all those around her to do the same. It’s ideal for kids aged 4-8.

The second part explains the science of climate change to children in language they can understand, telling the stories of the climate refugees that appear in the story, and how all their lives are interconnected. This is ideal for 8-12-year-olds and as a resource for parents and teachers.

An Action Plan then outlines simple and positive actions every person can take to make a real difference and to become the heroes of their own stories.

Fully funded on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter in just 5 days, this book has been getting a lot of attention from some high-profile celebrity environmentalists, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Naomi Klein, Bill Nye, Morgan Fairchild, and Bill McKibben, to name just a few, who have all praised the book and its message. 

The book won a 2018 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for books about environmental issues.


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MEGAN HERBERT is an Australian-born, Amsterdam-based writer and illustrator whose career as a television and film writer, journalist, product designer, editorial cartoonist, and children’s book creator has spanned twenty years.

MICHAEL E. MANN is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC).
Dr. Mann has received numerous awards and contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He is a co-founder of the award-winning science website and has published three books including "Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change", "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines", and "The Madhouse Effect".


World Saving Books is an independent publishing company based in Amsterdam that makes engaging children’s literature about challenging topics, to help kids (and the adults in their lives) make sense of our increasingly complex world.


Our mission at World Saving Books is to practice what we preach. We want to be the change that we want to see in the world. And so, a core goal of our first title, ‘The Tantrum That Saved the World’ is not only to encourage people to strive for carbon neutrality, but to achieve it ourselves, in the printing and distribution of the book. The other books in the pipelines (yes, there are more coming!), will also aim to enact positive change in our world.

our sustainability & carbon neutrality credentials

Available as an eBook and in a hard-cover printed format, the printing and shipping of this book will be carbon neutral. 
-    Printed on 100% recycled Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper
-    100% biodegradable vegetable dyes
-    no use of isopropyl alcohol in printing process
-    Sustainable shipping methods and carbon offsetting
-    Print waste being diverted from landfill
-    Print production powered by renewable sources.