Author website/social media: www.TheEndangereds.com @pcousteau for twitter, facebook, and Instagram.
1. When you were my age (11), did you like to read? I did like to read very much, my favorite books were mysteries and adventure stories.
2. What is a book that made an impact on you? I remember reading stories about Sherlock Holmes, I loved how he always solved problems and saved the day and how he would work with Watson as a team. That approach is definitely one that inspired The Endangereds, the idea of a team coming together to solve problems.
3. Is it hard to come up with book ideas? For the Endangereds, we were very much inspired by nature and the real issues facing wildlife so it is easy to come up with stories because there are some many challenges in the environment right now.
4. Is there a new or lesser known author you think kids should be aware of? I don’t know if he is lesser known per se, but I really like Roland Smith, his books are really smart, fun and engaging and touch on environmental themes. Also Pablo Cartaya is also terrific, his book The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora is a must.
5. If you could portal into any book (yours or another person’s), what book would it be? I really love the story we have put together. The idea of a team of hyper intelligent animals traveling around the world? I really want to meet Arief and Nuk and join thier team.
6. You write about environmental topics. How do you think kids can be more engaged and aware of environmental issues and solutions? I run a non-profit, EarthEcho International, and we are one of the leading youth environmental education organizations in the world. What I have learned though that experience is that kid’s already care about nature and animals, we wrote the Endangereds because we know there is a lot of concern amongst kids, even young kids, about the health of nature.
7. What is your challenge to kids right now (your call to action)?
Here is the good news, kids already want to act. The care and desire to do something is there, what we as adults need to do is give young people the inspiration and tools to actually take action. The Endangereds is part of that, the story is designed to remind kids that if we come together we can solve problems and make the world a better place. The back of the book has lots of real world information about the animals and also resources to point them in the right direction to take action through our partnership with my non-profit EarthEcho International, Explore by the Seat of Your Pants, and the World Wildlife Fund. We are also offering free webinars for kids this fall through www.TheEndangereds.com where I will be talking with real world experts who work with these animals showing footage of the animals that are featured in the Endangereds, talking about conservation and giving kids a chance to ask questions and interact with them. We are also offering classroom resources through World Wildlife Fun for all the kids that are learning from home right now.