But who is Prepper Pete anyway?
So who is Kermit Jones, Jr.?
Kermit Jones, Jr. stumbled across the idea of a prepper book for kids when trying to decide how to explain the topic to his four young daughters. Having attended high school in a very rural part of Virginia, he later went on to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. After spending a few years as a Surface Warfare Officer, he resigned his commission and entered the Navy Chaplain Corps, earning his Masters degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. He recently transitioned to the Navy Reserves. In addition to writing children’s books, he is an instructor for USAPrepares.com and column writer for Prepped and Prepared magazine. Between kids and his career, he has learned that it is important to “be prepared!”
How did the books come about?
The full title of the first book is Prepper Pete Prepares: An Introduction to Prepping for Kids. While it’s aimed at ages 3-9 or so, it has proven to be a clever way to introduce adults to prepping, too. It covers a variety of reasons to be prepared and shows what Prepper Pete does to keep his family safe and ready. There’s info for grownups, too. The book is infused with the message that “some people prepare because they’re afraid, but our family doesn’t have to be afraid because we’re prepared.”
And then came Christmas
Who says prepping can’t be fun?
Where is this all going?
You probably won’t see these Prepper Pete books in most public schools, though they make great material for home schoolers and perhaps some Christian schools.
Postulating on prepper parenting perspectives
Kermit’s books are meant to serve as a launching point for talking about being prepared. He encourages family activities, such as starting and cooking over a fire. Why not garden or can the harvest together? Of course, if your family owns firearms, you’ll want to teach proper gun safety and handling.
But there’s more…
Let friends and family know about Prepper Pete and friends. These books could be a real breakthrough for introducing children–and even adults–to prepping.