It’s time we teach our kids about how climate change affects our oceans! Ocean and Climate Advocate and author of the popular Kobee Manatee® series. Robert (Bob) Scott Thayer has crafted a children’s series that is educational and beloved by children and adults. His latest in the Kobee Manatee® series, Kobee Manatee Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard deals with a catastrophe directly affecting the manatee population – climate change. The 4th in the series comes with an educational component and song for readers.  

ABOUT THE BOOK

Kobee Manatee Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard is the fourth installment in the award-winning Kobee Manatee® Children’s Educational Picture Book Series. The story follows the beloved Kobee Manatee and his seafaring friends on an adventure to Belize in Central America. Kobee wants to help his cousin Quinn with her new all-veggie underwater bistro called Quinn’s Seagrass Café. However, they quickly encounter several obstacles along their 500-mile Caribbean journey from the Cayman Islands. The sea friends confront a strained loggerhead turtle, a giant Portuguese Man-of-War, and a venomous scorpion-fish along the way. Then their venture takes an unforeseen turn as Pablo the hermit crab plunges into the abyss of the Great Blue Hole! A Caribbean adventure loaded with facts about climate change, and the danger plastic pollution is having in our oceans and on our coral reefs. 

Like the previous books in the Kobee Manatee series, Thayer collaborates with experts in their chosen fields. In his newest installment, Robert teams up with Dr. Tracy Fanara, Inspector Planet & NOAA Scientist. Dr. Tracy appears on The Weather Channel as an expert, on Weird Earth and previously on the Science Channel’s Mythbusters and What On Earth? for her expertise on climate change and plastic pollution. Previous collaborators lending a fin to Thayer’s tales have been aquanaut Fabien Cousteau, oldest grandson to legendary ocean pioneer,  Jacques Cousteau. 

This past year, Florida has reportedly lost 750 manatees at the Indian River Lagoon – due to climate change (warming water), along with increased human generated fertilizer runoff, which flows into the lagoon. These circumstances have created unprecedented killings of seagrass –  the main food source for manatees, who are herbivores. 

Thayer hopes to help children see the connection between our climate choices and the world around us. This is a call to action to make children more aware of the harmful effects of climate change and how it can affect the threatened Florida manatee. Each Kobee Manatee title has its own teacher’s guide and song.  

The series is beautifully illustrated by Lauren Gallegos (Illustrator) and will be published September 28, 2021 by Thompson Mill Press. 

Since the spring of 2014, the Kobee Manatee books and CDs and the Kobee Manatee plush toy have been sold within Jimmy Buffett’s – Save the Manatee Club (SMC) through their online store. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ever since he was young, Bob had an interest in manatees – which might seem a little odd, given his upbringing in Philadelphia. His admiration for these endangered marine mammals continued into adulthood and inspired him to create a beloved children’s series: Kobee Manatee®. 

Robert has a degree from Temple University, is a member of the Authors Guild, SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), the Save the Manatee Club in Maitland, Florida, and BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.). Robert currently resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

TALKING POINTS

  • How to teach kids about climate change and the impact on ocean and marine life 
  • How greenhouse gas emissions and plastic waste impact the life of a manatee
  • Manatees: From facts about their smooth brains to dietary choices, Bob is an expert on the beloved cows of the sea 
  • The Great Blue Hole – education travel for kids

TIMELY TIE-INS

  • August is Water Quality Month
  • August 21-27 is National Friendship Week
  • September is Children’s Books Month
  • September is Read a New Book Month
  • September 17-21 is National Keep Kids Creative Week
  • September 16 is World Ozone Day
  • October is National Reading Group Month
  • November is National Family Literacy Month 
  • November is Manatee Awareness Month
  • December 4 is World Wildlife Conservation Day
  • December 5 is National Communicate With Your Kids Day

PRAISE FOR THE KOBEE MANATEE SERIES

“Kobee Manatee is a lovable and magnetic host, leading readers into the waters that cover 70% of the earth while opening young minds to the connections between human actions and marine ecosystems. Creating opportunities, which inspire love for our marine animals can cultivate an environmentally responsible conscience that can last a lifetime.”  — Dr. Tracy Fanara, Inspector Planet & NOAA Coastal Portfolio Modeling Manager and spokesperson for this 4th installment

“Robert Scott Thayer presents an important environmental message in an engaging story with wonderful characters. Anyone who loves the ocean and wants to help save it should read Kobee Manatee: Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard. I’m looking forward to the next Kobee Manatee adventure.”   Readers’ Favorite

“A well-crafted, thoughtful, and well-illustrated addition to a noteworthy educational book series.” Kirkus Reviews