Fun Children's Books about Manatees and Other Sea Life

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Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard!

Announcing the Fourth Installment in the Award-Winning Kobee Manatee® Children’s Educational Picture Book Series!

Kobee Manatee Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard – Will be Released on September 28, 2021 (Lexile Measure: 790L)

Greetings to you! In this blog, I’ll be talking about my brand new fourth installment in the award-winning Kobee Manatee® Children’s Educational Picture Book series. It’s titled, Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard. It’s all about climate change and plastic pollution in our oceans.  And it’s another awesome adventure! Here’s the scoop …

Myself and my seafaring pals, Tess the seahorse and Pablo the hermit crab swim from the Cayman Islands westward to Belize. You see, I want to help my cousin Quinn clean up ugly plastic litter at her new, all-veggie underwater bistro appropriately called Quinn’s Seagrass Café.

Unfortunately, on our Caribbean journey we encounter harmful effects of climate change and plastic pollution. And as if that wasn’t enough, several other unforeseen problems occur on our journey including; a distressed loggerhead turtle, a giant Portuguese man-of-war, and a venomous scorpionfish. Then we’re all totally amazed when we discover the extraordinary and beautiful Great Blue Hole. Suddenly, our adventure takes another crazy turn when Pablo plunges into its huge abyss!

Each page includes in-depth, scientific details on climate change and plastic pollution in our oceans with Dr. Tracy Fanara, Inspector Planet & NOAA Coastal Portfolio Modeling Manager.

Below are bios of the awesome team who put together this award-winning  title …

Author – Robert Scott Thayer

Robert Scott Thayer, is also a recording artist who writes and sings in the pop, jazz, and children’s genres. Robert has won several International Songwriting Awards including those from Billboard. His children’s tune, Kobee’s Song, produced by Grammy winner Jim Cravero, is fun, upbeat, and has a solid reggae groove. Kids love it! It’s about the clever marine mammal protagonist wearing a purple cap and a yellow jersey, KOBEE MANATEE®, and his traveling ocean adventures in Thayer’s award-winning children’s educational picture book series. Thayer said, “What Walt Disney’s creativity and branding is doing with a mouse, I intend to do the same with a manatee.”  

Ever since he was young, Thayer had a passion for manatees, weather, and ocean life. Robert earned a degree from Temple University in Philadelphia and also worked as a copywriter. He is a member of IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association), SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), the Authors Guild, BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), and the Save the Manatee Club in Maitland, Florida. Robert currently resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Illustrator – Lauren Gallegos

Lauren Gallegos earned her BFA in Illustration from Cal State Fullerton in 2009 and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).  Lauren has illustrated several Children’s Books and has won several awards including the PubWest Design Silver Award for Illustration in the Children’s/Young Adult category. Her newest project is illustrating in the popular Little Golden Books series published by Penguin Random House. When Lauren isn’t illustrating, she loves hiking and enjoys the beauty of nature, as well as exploring places she’s never been before.  She lives with her husband and 2 kids in Southern, California.  See more of Lauren’s work at

Expert Contributor – Dr. Tracy Fanara, Inspector Planet & NOAA Coastal Portfolio Modeling Manager

Dr. Tracy Fanara is an engineer and research scientist with a BS, ME and PhD from the University of Florida’s Department of Environmental Engineering. Tracy spent almost a decade as a project engineer designing water systems for projects around the world. Before and during her research at UF, she focused on sustainable design retrofit of urban areas and water treatment through storm chasing and collecting data. Tracy was the design engineer on two nationally winning EPA design teams, was a National Science Foundation SPICE fellow, subcontracted for the United States Geologic Survey, and was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow by the US Federal Government.

For the past 6 years, Tracy has been managing the Environmental Health research program at Mote Marine Laboratory where she designed and developed models, tools and programs to protect wildlife and water quality. 

 Tracy has taken on projects from led concentration at military sites to designing an aquaponics system for wastewater treatment in space. Now Tracy is the Coastal Modeling Manager for the National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration [NOAA], developing systems in pursuit of a Unified Earth Systems model to answer big questions (for example biodiversity, climate change impacts and hurricane tracking).

Tracy spends time outside of work on communicating science (TV, podcasts, school visits, and public speaking), and she was featured in Marvel’s Unstoppable Wasp, which led to her co-produce the comic series, Seekers of Science. You may have also seen her on Mythbusters the Search.  Tracy can also be seen on The Weather Channel as an expert guest on AMHQ, on their Weird Earth series, on CBS Mission Unstoppable as an expert, and the Science Channel’s What on EarthAND now let’s add another very cool hat to Tracy’s extraordinary contribution to science …

… Dr. Fanara could get a seat on Elon Musk’s SpaceX lunar mission! The company’s first civilian mission to the moon is scheduled to launch in 2023.  “Knowing I am one of these very few people who have made it this far, it’s really humbling because this is such a huge mission and it means so much to so many people,” Tracy explained. She continued, “I wouldn’t take this opportunity for granted. I would do what I can to bring all of these countries together on a mission to extend humanity’s time on earth to preserve our lives and livelihoods because everybody is connected. All of our earth systems and our space systems, it’s all interconnected.” Learn more about Tracy at: 

We already have Awesome Reviews for this Title!

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

 “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

For young readers who enjoy imaginative tales surrounding affable and heroic sea creatures, as well as parents and/or teachers looking for a way to introduce youngsters to the importance of marine conservation, Kobee Manatee® Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard offers a perfect blend. Highly recommended! – Chanticleer Book Reviews

“We are happy to award deserving books like Kobee Manatee Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard. Our panel of judges really felt this book merited a place on our list of the best in family-friendly products that parents and educators can feel confident in using.” Dawn Matheson, CEO, Mom’s Choice Awards

Keep watching for more of my updates on climate change!

If you see any sick or injured manatees, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at: 1-888-404-3922 (FWCC). They are the folks who are responsible for rescuing us in Florida.

Here’s the Save the Manatee Club link to learn more about us manatees …

Here’s a cool link for you to learn more about how we’re rescued and brought into rehabilitation …

~ Kobee Manatee

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Robert Scott Thayer

Author Robert Scott Thayer is also a recording artist who writes and sings in the pop, jazz, and children’s genres. Robert has won several International Songwriting Awards including those from Billboard. His newest children’s tune, Kobee’s Song, produced by 2012 Grammy winner Jim Cravero, is fun, upbeat, and has a solid reggae groove. It’s about the clever protagonist, KOBEE MANATEE, in Thayer’s first children’s informational picture book.