From coloring pages to matching games, Pedro the penguin now helps children learn about disaster preparedness in six languages. The Prepare with Pedro: Disaster Preparedness Activity Book is available for free digital download and mail order in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, and both Simplified and Traditional Chinese.
The Prepare with Pedro Disaster Preparedness Activity Book was created in partnership with the American Red Cross. In the book, kids can follow Pedro around the United States as he learns safety advice for disasters. The 28-page book teaches young children about staying safe in thunderstorms, earthquakes, and other hazards. It also shows them the basics of making an emergency kit and family communication plan. Kids can learn about these topics through crossword puzzles, mazes, games, and more.
The activity book was ordered or downloaded more than 190,000 times in 2020. This includes 52,000 copies in Spanish, the first translated version available.
The translated activity books extend preparedness education to children and families for whom English may not be their first language. Kids can also be trusted messengers in bringing safety information to their families. Ordering the books in both English and a family’s native language can help reinforce concepts and engage both children and their parents.
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