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This accessible guide for children details how humans have thrown the planet off-balance and ways we can work to create a healthier world.

Encouraging  and easily digestible, this illustrated nonfiction guide introduces children ages eight to twelve to the important topic of climate change with tips on “How You Can Help” and citizen scientist activities.

Filled with engaging big ideas that will inspire children to think about their role in keeping our world healthy, Our World Out of Balance details how humans have thrown the planet off-balance and ways we can work together to be part of the solution and create a healthier world.


2022 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Longlist

2021 EUREKA! Honor Book, California Reading Association

An American Library Association Top 10 Sustainability Themed Children's Book

“This impressive introduction to climate change will stimulate budding ecologists.” Publishers Weekly


“A great starting place to understand climate change and its effects.” Booklist

“This clear introduction to the whats and whys of environmental degradation balances sad facts with examples of what can and is being done. A solid pick . . . for its positive approach and breadth.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Engaging....Minoglio’s informative, concise text combines with Fanelli’s striking full-color illustrations for a worthy introduction to this timely subject.” The Horn Book Magazine


Our World Out of Balance is a wonderful introduction to climate change and other global environmental challenges for children. Unlike so many other books about climate change, it does not traffic in fear. Instead, it presents the facts and shows what young people can do to help build a cleaner, safer and more equitable future for the planet.” —Simon Donner, Professor, Climate Scientist, University of British Columbia

“... An excellent reference book for helping children better understand specific aspects of climate change.” —National Center for Science Education

“This book is an excellent introduction for elementary or middle school students to the important topic of climate change. The students loved the diagrams and illustrations and the concrete examples of things they can do to make a difference.” —Peter Barnes, Fifth Grade Science teacher

“Many of us are overwhelmed by climate change and not too sure of exactly what is happening to our Earth and why. Andrea Minoglio and Laura Fanelli have given us a beautiful book that explains how many Earth systems work—from farms to coral reefs. These are pages readers of every age will want to linger over, marveling at the illustrations and savoring highly understandable explanations of what to do for nature and how. Our World Out of Balance above all celebrates the amazing gift of life on Earth and will inspire actions to save it.” —Mary Ellen Hannibal, author of Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction

Author: Andrea Minoglio
Illustrator: Laura Fanelli

ISBN: 9781735000534

Hardcover with Jacket

Full-Color Illustrations

Ebook ISBN: 9781736226407

Age Range: 8 to12

Grade Range: 2 to 7


Themes: Environment, Conservation, STEAM, Citizen Science, Animals, Earth Day, Green Living


9.5 x 11.8 inches, 72 pages
Publication Date: April 13, 2021

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