BDS Book Festival – Prepper Pete Prepares + Interview with Kermit Jones

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
BDS Book Festival – Prepper Pete Prepares + Interview with Kermit Jones

After awhile, one prepping book starts to look like another. It does not really matter whether it is fiction or non-fiction, they all tend to have a common theme. Now don’t get me wrong, I thirst for – no crave for – more. Every book has its own twist on the survival and preparedness message so I keep reading and reading and reading. Okay, you get the drift.

Anyway, today’s book is something unique and different. Prepper Pete Prepares is an introduction to prepping for the kiddos – you know, those little guys and gals that motivate us to keep our planet and world safe for generations to come.

Prepper Pete - Kermit Jones

Before we start the interview (and giveaway) with the author, Kermit Jones, I must tell you that when I first received a pre-release copy of Prepper Pete, I was enchanted. To the best of my knowledge it was the first book of its type to hit the marketplace. A few others have been published since then but to me, this is the first and best.

Enjoy the interview with Kermit and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

An Interview with Kermit Jones

Tell me about your book, Prepper Pete Prepares: An Introduction to Prepping for Kids. What is it about?

I think it makes sense if I start at the beginning.

I was working on a fictional Prepper novel, and one of the characters has young children. As they’re trekking through the woods on foot, I asked myself, “how would you prepare children for something like this?”

I have four young daughters, myself, so that naturally led to, “how would I explain this to my own children?” I had seen a few episodes of the show, Doomsday Preppers, and all I knew was that THAT was NOT how I wanted it to go down! I mean, sure, I want them to know that it’s good to be prepared, but scaring them into a gas mask or “going underground” out of fear isn’t what I think we (as Preppers) should be doing. I’d rather teach them critical thinking skills that can be applied to both “prepping times” as well as “normal life.”

I started looking for Prepper books for children, and guess what… there are none! Zilch. Nada. Zero. I was rather shocked. There are one or two for families with children, but they are targeted at adults. I decided I wanted to do something about that!

As for Prepper Pete Prepares: An Introduction to Prepping for Kids – I think the title pretty much says it all! It’s designed to introduce the idea of “prepping” to kids in a non-threatening way.

A lot of people prep for a lot of different reasons, and this book covers a handful of “the big ones” (reasons to prepare). Prepper Pete is an ant who decides he needs to be better prepared, and he starts prepping for a variety of reasons. He stores extra food, learns useful skills like growing a garden, and he starts using equipment that doesn’t require electricity. He also buys a gun and ammunition for hunting and defense, and he also takes a gun safety course and practices often (hey, I didn’t say it’d be popular with everyone!). He tucks his kids in at night assuring them that they can sleep better because they are prepared.

What type of research did you have to do while writing Prepper Pete Prepares?

Perhaps “research” is a bit of a misnomer. With such an entry level topic, the book really revolves around general knowledge from the Prepper/survivalist world. I just wanted to present it in a semi-fun, non-threatening way for kids.

My initial research was to figure out what was on the market… when that came up empty, I just started writing. I’ve always enjoyed sharing with and teaching children, and I enjoy heading up family events and shin-digs such as Vacation Bible School, AWANAs, community events, etc. People normally comment that my interaction with kids is great, but between you and me… I’m usually just having fun! But it seems to work.

How long did it take to write?

I always joke and tell people that it took about an hour to write. Whereas that may be true for the initial layout and rough draft, it’s actually taken about six months (in between life, work, family, kids, etc.) to bring to market. That includes having to find an illustrator (who is also working in between life, work, family, kids, etc.), having the images digitized, layout for the digital guy, more layout for the digital guy (sorry, Jeff!), etc.

So the “writing” of it was the quick and easy part! The preparation and final editing, on the other hand, has proven to be quite a bit much! Every time I say, “I think this is it!” – someone comes along and says, “how about this…” and it initiates another round of edits. I think each round makes it better, though, so it’s definitely worth it!

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading Prepper Pete Prepares: An Introduction to Prepping for Kids?

Well, first, I think that being prepared is a fabulous idea. Prepper Pete covers natural disasters, economic collapse, solar flares, and the like!

But the message doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, his signature quote is that he tells his kids, “Some people prepare because they are afraid. Our family doesn’t have to be afraid… because we are prepared!” And I think that’s the heart of it… everyone should prepare for the right reason, and they should realize that it’s a mindset as much as anything else.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

Well, I already mentioned four daughters (ages 4, 6, 8, and 10). I’ve been married for over thirteen fabulous years to an amazing woman that continues to put up with me and my (sometimes) hair-brained schemes… you know, like when I up and decide to become a Prepper… or perhaps a children’s book author! Okay, so the Prepper thing has been a bit of our nature since we’ve always believed in self-sufficiency and living within our means.

I grew up in the heart of Virginia… a very rural community – as in, go to the middle of nowhere and hang a left! A little over 110 in my graduating class for the entire county, and no stoplights in the entire county, either (even though it’s one of the largest land-sized in the Commonwealth of Virginia).

Let’s see… I’m a Chaplain in the Navy, and I was on Active Duty up until February of this year when I transitioned into the Reserves. I hope to return to Active Duty soon, but in the meantime, I work as a government civilian. As for schooling, I graduated from the Naval Academy in 1998 (was a Surface Warfare Officer) and later Seminary in 2005 (when I entered the Chaplain Corps).

Do you have plans for another book?

Definitely! The next three are already written, and we’re just waiting on the illustrator to catch up! But as I said… she’s busy with real life, too!

Prepper Pete’s Twelve Days of Prepper Christmas is just a fun, short book, based on some gifts my family gave me when I first “got into prepping.” They literally came out singing the song with some pretty resourceful gifts that all fit into “a Luggable Loo with some bio T.P.” (the first day of Prepper Christmas gift). That one will be out in November or December, as well.

Prepper Pete’s Gun of Son is a gun safety book for kids. I’m a firm believer in firearm safety, but I also think that familiarity for young people is key. It prevents the “forbidden fruit” syndrome. I’ve already had quite a bit of interest from several firearm safety instructors, and we’re hoping it will be out in early 2014.

Survivalist Sam Stocks Up is a fun book that introduces Bean, Bullets, Bandages, and Bad Guys to explain a different aspect of prepping for kids. Already written… should be after Gun of a Son.

At the moment, the last one on the list is Prepper Pete Gets Out of Dodge which is “a bug-out book for kids.” It deals with being on the move, OPSEC (operational security), etc. Hopefully mid-2014.

Okay, I lied… that’s not the last. We hope to come up with an “Activity Book for Kids” soon, too. It’ll cover things kids need to know to be prepared for various situations… when and how to call 9-1-1 and what to say, locate a fire extinguisher and how to stop, drop, and roll, etc. Perhaps what to do if you find yourself lost. The sort of stuff they used to teach in school, but that I don’t see being taught these days. Parents can go over each issue with their kids and “sign them off” when they demonstrate they know what to do. Maybe it’ll also be a coloring book… who knows!

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

To be honest, I’m just honored to have an opportunity to share anything, including this book! But if I had one thing to share with the grownups, it would be to teach every kid you know the importance of being resourceful and thinking critically! That, and remember that prepping doesn’t have to be harsh or scary. In fact, you can make it fun, and it will be just as effective (if not more so!).

Who is the publisher and will your book be sold online at Amazon?

The publisher is Kamel Press (, a small, young company with an array of genres. Their first book was a Prepper fiction novel (they’ve had others since then). Prepper Pete will be their first children’s book. As for buying options, is on Amazon and available for purchase in pretty much all bookstores (though not on the shelf).

The Book Giveaway

A copy of Prepper Pete Prepares has been reserved for one lucky reader. Here is this week’s book festival question:

What suggestion do you have to ensure that the children in your life (children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends) do not become afraid during a disaster or crisis event?

To enter the giveaway, you need to answer this question by responding in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Wednesday with the winner notified by email and announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz. He or she will have 48 hours to claim the winning books.

Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of this article.

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The Final Word

In my opinion, we all need to focus some of our preparedness efforts on the young people that will be around long after we are gone. Instilling a preparedness mindset early is important but it needs to be done in a manner that is engaging in fun. I commend Kermit for writing some great books that will help the kiddos ease into prepping in their own special way – without fear and with abundant enthusiasm.

I hope you will enter the giveaway to win your own copy of this fabulous new book!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Item: Prepper Pete Prepares: An Introduction to Prepping for Kids

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Prepper Pete works very hard to keep his family safe by preparing for events that may happen in the future… things such as power outages, bad storms, illness, and other disasters. Join our hero as he explores the many reasons to “be prepared” and fun things your family can do, too!

Children will love this fabulously illustrated book that shows them, in a fun and non-threatening way, how to be ready in case things go wrong.

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32 Responses to “BDS Book Festival – Prepper Pete Prepares + Interview with Kermit Jones”

  1. One big thing – don’t be afraid yourself. Whatever happens stay calm and the children will follow your lead. Another is to give them a copy of this book to read. That will help them to understand a bit about whatever may be happening. I think my grandchildren would love reading this book.

  2. Stay calm and truthfully explain the crisis event to your children and then explain the emergency procedure implemented that you have prepared for such an event.

  3. I’d like to echo the response from Jim, first and foremost don’t show fear when the unexpected happens, don’t panic. Get the kids involved in scouting, (boy & girl scouts), where the old ways are taught, fishing, hunting, how to tie knots, real roughing it camping, backpacking, ect. And illustrate your preparedness for the unexpected by practicing in an way that’s fun and an adventure. If we can eliminate the fear of the unknown our children can react with out panic, they will be able to think their way out of a situation. Make learning preparedness fun.

  4. Very cute book! I love the “ant” character. I agree with Jim. We as parents should be prepared and not panic. Children do follow our lead and we need to be strong and well prepared and knowledgeable about producing, killing, cleaning and cooking our own foods. It would even be an adventure to test this out with the kids during summer vacation on your own property. No grocery shopping (or shopping of any kind). Lights out at the house. Camp out in the backyard, cook garden food from a Coleman stove outdoors. Bring it back to nature…just for a week. Who hasn’t been camping for a week when they were young? It’s great fun!

  5. Children model what they see from those adults around them that they trust. Be a good model and the children will know how to respond to changes as they occur by watching you.

  6. I believe I will do just as our government does … lie until I’m blue in the face, denying that anything bad will happen.

    Sarcasm aside, I believe this is best taught by example. No preaching, no lecturing, no scary movies … just be a great example for my grandchildren.

  7. The best advice I ever got for dealing with a crisis situation came from Rick LaTurner, my first supervisor in respiratory therapy many years ago. He said, no matter what occurs, you must not panic, because then you can’t help anyone else or even yourself. To help children in a crisis, the same is true. You must remain calm and present a good example for them. Kids model the behavior they witness, whether you think so or not. Be calm, have a plan, and involve them in non-threatening preparations.

  8. Oh this is a subject I think about often. My daughter is 6. We focus on the fact that there are kid problems/responsibilities and then there are Grownup problems/responsibilities. Giving her her own things to be responsible for has worked well. For example, we all just got new hand-crank flashlights. She was less than impressed with her black-impact resistant-boring flashlight. She and I decorated it with stickers and made it HER flashlight. We talked about how it is now HER responsibility to keep track of it and not let it get lost in her toys. She has done very well. I think the most important thing we do is to try and always have a “solution” to a problem. Frequently, since we are kinda new to prepping, that solution is that we have the “power” to learn new things, read books, take classes, etc. I absolutely LOVE Pete’s mantra about preparedness and fear and I think this book would be wonderful to share with our daughter.

  9. Learn at least 10 songs to sing with your children (AND adults). Try and make them interactive as well. I have a humorous one about worms that gets kids to tear up paper. Another with plastic bags as a “musical instrument”. You can make shakers out of corn or rice in a plastic bottle. Make up movements to go along with the verses.

    It’s very difficult to feel afraid when you are singing, laughing, moving and having a good time.

  10. I was reading through all of the responses already posted and I don’t believe I can add anything that has not already been stated. I think this is wonderful book for children. I would love to give to my great-nieces and nephew. Two are just teens and the youngest is 5. Never to late to think about starting to prep. I believe their mother is in the prepping mindset so I think all the information I can get to them the better. Keeping calm is probably the best information I read and I agree. Hope I win this great addition to my prepping library.

  11. I have noticed alot of what I would do has pretty much already been mentioned.

    The most common thing is remaining calm. Another good thing to do is to include the kids in your prepping and if they are of the age of being able to read and comprehend, then I suggest a prepper book of the week with the kids. Kind of like what they do in school but you can have a family sit down and discuss the book and or reading materials. i actually take my daughter primative camping and teacher her how to live off of what is in the woods. I have been doing this ever since she was about 5 years old and she is now 21. As long as you make it fun, kids will pick up on the things they need to know. You will have to stress when things happen and they need to do what they where taught its all serious. You can be suprised what having fun will engrain in the brain in a tough situation.

  12. The big Granny arm wrapping hug. A blanket to “Let’s get cozy”. A calm voice. A good book to take the little one’s mind off the surrounding chaos.
    Something about the patience of a Granny.

  13. My thought for helping children not be afraid is 2-fold: take them camping. That gets them used to not having frills. To bring the lessons closer to home, have ‘practice’ days where you turn off the electricity and/or the heat for a day.

  14. They best way to insure our children do not become afraid during a disaster or crisis event is to make prepping and survival talk part of our everyday lives. Let them help with the preparing and with decision making. They make a decision that is not smart you can educate them why that wouldn’t work and what will. If they are just as much part of the preparing of the SHTF plan then they will understand more when it really happens.

  15. Nothing. We had no children and all other children in our lives were raised as namby-pamby’s. With the endowment of that mindset known to us, we don’t concern ourselves as to their needs. They are not amenable to the subject, and quite openly say they don’t want to hear about it, that we are a little crazy, and that is that. Thank you very little. I have told them when they do get their asses in a sling not to disturb us with their problems, that we have tried and tried to get them to understand that if just national electric grid goes down life will be extremely different, and all their gadgets and goodies won’t put food in their mouths or shelter over their heads. Harsh? Maybe-reality often is and we cannot change it, simply adapt and cope. Cruel? Hardly. Cruelty is when your children live one block from the school they attend and you drive them to and from every day. Honestly, one of my wife’s nieces did that. And she was a pediatric psychiatric nurse, for God’s sake!!!!!
    They live in a very nice upper income area; no street dealers, whores, or other walking vermin to soil their precious little lives. I’m talking $200K houses folks in Omaha, where $200k gets you a lot of house in a very safe, affluent, and desirable neighborhood. So to those of you who can influence the young ones in your livers, I salute you and encourage you to keep on keepin’ on. Perhaps nothing of a catastrophic nature will ever happen in our in our nation. Then again, it might be tomorrow afternoon, or tonight. If any of us could accurately predict the future, we would pick the winning Powerball numbers all the time. That would reduce our issues to those of our personality, and money spent with a good psychologist is money well spent. Worry? What, me worry? I ain’t got no steenking worries. Just things I can’t do anything about and I know it, so I do something I can do.

    Semper Fi Semper Vigilans

    • DHConner, even though I have four of my own, I understand what you mean about many children being raised with an endowment/entitlement mindset… it’s unfortunate and I fear the future of our society will suffer for it. Regardless, I have used Prepper Pete as a great inroad to people who think my Prepping lifestyle is odd or crazy. They often find themselves agreeing with some of the reason before they know what’s happening (“Even the government recommends…” is one of my favorite quotes I put in there!). Just wanted to put that out there.
      And if the Semper Fi is an indicator… thank you for your service. I’m a Navy Chaps, myself.

  16. I encourage my daughter to start family camping trips with my grandson as soon as possible. While it’s not a disaster situation, it’s a great way to test and practice all the preparations. She’s in a great location for it, too. Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia are all nearby. Camping is what got us started, and she’s looking forward to giving it a try.

  17. Stay calm and positive! I love the idea of a book for kids. My daughter likes to share the fact with family/friends that we have “water bottles and snacks” in case of a bad storm.

  18. I have 3 boys, and both are little preppers themselves. I have taught them that, there will be scary situations, maybe even life or death situations, but if they are prepared, it will make any situation easier. We live in northern,ca where very little weather besides sunshine happens here,a nod we are in a drought. But this weekend we were in for a rainy storm. When we know something is headed our way,I a sk my boys, what will you do right now to prepare. The first thing they wanted to do was charge all of their electronics, in case the power went out lol. They made sure we were stocked and had all the supplies we needed, and even volunteered to pick up the yard as to not cause clogged drains. My boys 11, and 9 are very well aware, probably mores o then most kids, of different situations that can happen, and they aren’t scared. They are always ready to go.

  19. Gaye, Thank you so very much for your thoroughness! In addition to winning a copy through your fabulous Festival, people are welcome to like Prepper Pete on Facebook for a chance to win the upcoming “Gun of a Son” book!
    You rock!

  20. We are currently having very heavy snow here in Northwest Oregon. I have my grandsons (6 1/2 and 5)here and we are snowed in, as my daughter and son in law cannot get up the steep road and our narrow drive. Even the mail did not get in today. Our power went out for a few minutes about an hour ago. The older boy grabbed the flashlight, the younger just ran about cheering. Seems as if that is a fun time thing, as they did not panic, but reacted positive. By staying calm in past outages I must have taught then it is OK! So I echo the others….stay calm! Also, our home is warm from the woodstove, and water is hot for cocoa. So even though we have been snowed in for 3 days now, we are warm, fed, and calm!

  21. Such great answers!! I almost wish I had little ones around again. I did want to stress not talking down to kids, but involve them instead. Give them tasks to do that are age appropriate and help them feel they are helping everyone get thru the situation. Practice when you can before it is real and let’s all pray that is doesn’t get real, ever.
    I don’t want to be entered into the drawing as I just won something, but just wanted to put my 2 cents in anyway. Good luck to everyone.

  22. Children are amazing little sponges. My boys ( 4 1/2 and 1 1/2) pick up on the smallest details of every day life. I will try to summarize.
    Tell them the truth in simple terms
    Show them how to do things (everything!) and explain why
    Encourage participation (closely supervised, of course)
    Make time for silly play every day
    Remember you are their role model! I believe life does not need to be made into a game for children to learn, but it also does not need to be demonstrated as scary or drudgery either. Put a positive but realistic spin on life.
    And, as my older son has adopted from the book “The Lion and The Mouse,” Always help others. When we have our affairs in order, there is no need to panic and we can focus on helping others. Such a great distraction during scary moments!

  23. I have taught all my children and now my grandchildren how to use all types of weapons, and their safety. at a young age. My one grandson that carries on my last name received my old Winchester, at the age of 8, that my grandfather gave me. My other grandson received my Ruger 9 mil at the age of 12, after he had shot his first deer at the age of 11. 2 deers at the age of 12, and one deer at the age of 13. Ky country life is a way they are all taught. When they see my food storage room, most say “gee granddad, I wish our store room had that much food”. Teach by example at a young age.
    PS. The targets we shoot at are photos of Nancy and Diane.

  24. I think the greatest deterrent to fear is preparedness. As a former Girl Scout, I learned the wisdom of redundancy. As a 70 year old adult, I am absolutely confident that God has a “work-around” contingency plan for everything. I just ask for wisdom — and it comes. Teaching my grandchildren to PLAN, helping them obtain resources for emergencies, practicing the plan and then having fun with the “what if” scenarios that pop when the glitches take place. Kids are wonderfully resourceful and inventive. Being part of the solution helps us stay in control, practice produces confidence, and faith calms us down lets us activate the PLAN.

  25. I think I would want to read this to my husband. He sees no reason to prep, even though, when he was laid off we ate the food I had saved. Even though,We are in the worst drough…..ever! And unless it rains..a lot we will be buying bottled water just to take a bath. And,even though just 45 min away in San Jose someone tried to bring down the power grid.( you can look it up in the Wall Street Journal, we where miss led at first. )

  26. My kids are teens and have learned from a very young age that work will keep your home running smoothly and everyone has a job to do. When notified of a storm coming we break down what we need done in smaller pieces, and then we eqch takeca “piece”. Water, heat, backup cooking, generator, animals extra feed & water, shovels at the ready, vehicles facing out and candles and flashlights handy. Makes life so much easier!

  27. We try to teach the kids about practical preparedness every chance we get. We are intentional about gifts such as; paracord bracelets and key chains; flashlights and headlamps; etc. Over time we teach about how other things come in handy at times and how it is better to have it when you need it; then to need it and not have it.

    We also teach the kids about God, His Word and prayer. We let them know that we are responsible for what we can do and God will take care of what we cannot do. We do all we can to prepare and we still pray and trust Him.

  28. I think it’s important to talk about the possibility of different crises scenarios with your children and become confident yourself in self-sustainability. If adults remain calm and confident, children will as well. Having God in your lives and leaning on him is huge as well!

  29. If your in charge (to what ever degree that means for you and your group/family)and you have the love and respect of your family/friends/group, how you react to what ever the situation is will largly be how most of them will react. if you are the leader, lead with respect, lead with understanding, but lead. if your family/group respects and trusts you there will be no need for bravado. Bill B

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