Andrea Debbink
THE WILD WORLD HANDBOOK: How Adventurers, Artists, Scientists—and You—Can Protect Earth's Habitats (Quirk Books, 2021)

From a former editor at American Girl Magazine comes the first of two hopeful, illustrated guides to the natural world that aim to empower the next generation of young climate activists and nature lovers to protect the world's habitats.

Climate change will be a defining issue facing Generations Z and Alpha--but research shows that awe is a more powerful motivator for action than fear. With that idea in mind, this handbook is a hope-filled, awe-provoking middle-grade guide to environmental stewardship and the diverse habitats we call home. By inspiring readers with real stories and wonders from the natural world, this book aims to empower the next generation of conservationists and outdoor explorers. In its pages, readers will find inspiration, actionable advice, and diverse tales of adventure and hope about people who had incredible encounters with nature and then did something about it. Readers are encouraged to discover that no matter where they live or how they choose to engage with nature, they have the significant ability to act on its behalf.

Featuring stories of environmental stewardship, creative activities to engage with the natural world, and real stories of inspiring outdoor adventurers, scientists, and artists, this book will explore the world's varied habitats and how to preserve, appreciate, and celebrate them.

THE WILD WORLD HANDBOOK: CREATURES: How Adventurers, Artists, Scientists--and You--Can Protect Earth's Animals (Quirk Books, 2021)

The second of two hopeful, illustrated guides to the natural world that aim to empower the next generation of young climate activists and nature lovers to protect the world's wildlife, from the author of The Wild World Handbook: Habitats.

We share this beautiful planet we call home with countless living creatures, from monarch butterflies and falcons to koalas and dolphins. And just like us, animals everywhere are faced with the growing threat of climate change. As the second of two illustrated middle grade guides, The Wild World Handbook: Creatures seeks to empower young readers to appreciate and protect Planet Earth and its inhabitants. Featuring seven categories of animals, this handbook offers a roadmap for change and an invitation to explore the outdoors with fascinating facts, hope-filled stories, and hands-on activities. Each section includes biographies of adventurers, scientists, and artists from all over the world who used their passion and skills to become bold allies for nature. Packed with real life tales of adventure, breathtaking illustrations, and practical tools for environmental stewardship, this handbook is an inspiring guide for the next generation of climate activists, conservationists, and nature lovers--and proves that no matter who you are or where you live, you can make a difference.


Andrea Debbink is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience in publishing. A former editor at American Girl Magazine, where she specialized in creating nonfiction content that empowered girls to explore their potential, she is the award-winning author of Spark: A Guide to Ignite the Creativity Inside You, Think for Yourself: The Ultimate Guide to Critical Thinking in an Age of Information Overload, and a STEM-based nonfiction book for National Geographic Kids. She is currently the managing editor at The Art of Simple and co-host of the top-ranked podcast Simple.