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 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 USAPrepares.com 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!”
Meet Prepper Pete and Friends
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?
Son of a…? Wait–Gun of a What?
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…
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
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.