Prepping With Children – DestinySurvival Radio Revisits Prepper Pete and Friends

Ants and squirrels. Would you believe they have something to teach children about preparedness? Kermit Jones, Jr., knows about that because he’s the author of the Prepper Pete series of books for children. This week DestinySurvival Radio revisits Prepper Pete and Friends.

If you haven’t yet seen the Prepper Pete books, you’re in for a treat. They’re clever and colorfully illustrated. The latest books in the series are Gun of a Son and Survivalist Sam Stocks Up. And more are on the way. But I’ll let Kermit tell you about that in our conversation. I think you’ll agree he’s on to something big. Books on preparedness for younger children are rare, so Kermit is a trail blazer.


Meet Prepper Pete’s Creator

Kermit has been my guest on DestinySurvival Radio before. You can see what I wrote about Kermit’s first visit here. Here’s info about who he is.


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. A Reservist, he was recently recalled to Active Duty.

In addition to writing children’s books, he is an instructor for and has been a guest on several radio and talkshow broadcasts. Between kids and his career, he has learned that it is important to “be prepared!”


Prepper Pete Prepares Book Cover


Meet Prepper Pete and Friends

Prepper Pete is an ant–a good symbol for being prepared. When Kermit started writing, he couldn’t stop. As a result, one book turned into three. The first Prepper Pete book gives reasons as to why we prepare. Survivalist Sam Stocks Up goes beyond that with the four B’s of prepping–beans, bullets, bandages and barter. The third book is still in the works, but it will be about bugging out. You know, getting out of Dodge.


Survivalist Sam Stocks Up Book Cover


Kids under age 10 are Kermit’s intended audience. Of course, it’s OK if older kids–and even adults–read along, too. Big ideas are explained simply. Kermit hopes his books provide a launching point for parents to talk with their children about deeprer things.

Prepper Pete says, “Some people prepare because they are afraid. Our family does not have to be afraid because we are prepared.” Kermit can testify that his own children feel secure knowing that their family is ready for the bad things that could happen.

These books are written in such a way as not to scare children, while bringing up ideas and scenarios that could create fear if not presented well. He wants children and their families to think critically and be proactive about preparedness. Having a plan goes a long way toward eliminating fear of the unknown.

Oh, and did I mention the Prepper Pete books are just plain fun?


Prepper Pete's Twelve Days of Prepper Christmas Book Cover


You might think the Prepper Pete books would be great for use in schools. However, that’s a tough sell, as Kermit explained in our conversation. Home schooling families are more receptive though. If you home school your children, or you know someone who does, tell them about the Prepper Pete books.


Son of a…? Wait–Gun of a What?


Gun of a Son Book Cover


Gun of a Son was sort of a side trip from the first Prepper Pete books released, but it’s been well received. In fact, it’s been in Amazon’s top ten for children and safety. Look for a sequel in the future.

Kermit wants to promote gun safety in an easy to understand way. Gun of a Son isn’t meant to be a gun safety course. Instead, it’s designed to introduce important concepts and give accurate information without scaring children.

In the story, Prepper Pete buys his son a gun for his birthday, and they go to a gun safety course. The book not only explains basic safety rules, but there’s a contract parents and children can sign to help keep children safe.

Taking the mystery out of guns will help diminish the “forbidden fruit” temptation firearms may present to children. Plus, if adults do their job as responsible parents and guardians, we should see fewer sensationalized news stories about children and gun accidents, and hopefully less anti-gun hype in the media.


And Then There Are Toy Guns…

Gun of a Son points out there are toys that are guns, but a real gun is not a toy. We should give kids some credit for knowing the difference between fantasy, or what isn’t real, and what is real.

And yet, that distinction seems to become more blurry these days with the popularity of video games. But that makes it all the more important for us adults to continually engage our children in dialogue about the difference between pretend and reality where firearms are concerned.

As if that weren’t enough, these days we need to have a conversation with our children about how to behave around the police in any situation involving toy firearms.


Bring Prepper Pete Home

Kermit is doing a fantastic work by getting these Prepper Pete books published. I invite you to hear my conversation with him by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for April 2, 2015. (Right click to download.) Visit Kermit’s site at Why not bring the Prepper Pete books into your home? You can order any of the books mentioned above by going to Kermit’s site, or you can click on their titles or book covers wherever you see them in this post.

By the way, if you don’t have children or grandchildren of your own, buy the Prepper Pete books for other family members and friends with children. And if you’re involved with putting on an event for preppers, contact Kermit about ordering his books in quantity to get a publisher’s discount.

There’s more to come in the Prepper Pete series, as Kermit explained in our visit. Kermit welcomes your feedback as well. Maybe an idea from you will show up in a future book.

Have you shared any of the Prepper Pete books with your children or grandchildren? What was their response? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts. And as always, you’re welcome to share your thoughts about anything else you’ve read above or heard in this week’s DestinySurvival Radio.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.