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Billie the Octopus children’s book announcement

8 June, 2022

A Bears for Cares Book

‘Billie the Octopus’ Book Encourages Young Ones to Care About What’s Under the Sea

With World Oceans Day coming Wednesday, June 8, the children’s book “Billie the Octopus” (Eifrig Publishing) invites young ones to explore the wonders of the oceans, become aware of the threats to it, and how they can help make a difference in a watery world that covers 97% of the earth’s livable habitat.

Written by youth author Lotus Kay and illustrated by Chey Diehl, Billie the Octopus is part of the Bears for Cares new book series and initiative to educate young people to care for and protect the environment and create a more compassionate world.

“Billie the Octopus” is told in charming rhyme and colorful graphics that show a world beneath the sea that is in danger from humans.  Filled with Plastic Facts: did you know that “8 million tons of plastic enters our oceans from the land each year?”  and suggestions “instead of using plastic water bottles get a reusable one, don’t use plastic straws,” and many others, even the earliest readers will find these facts and recommendations fascinating and concerning.

The book are part of the Bears for Cares initiative and book series, a project of The Jane Goodall Institute’s  Roots and Shoots initiative, a youth service program, and a portion of proceeds from the books and toys go to The Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program.


“Dear Lotus, It is fantastic that you are writing these books – thank you so much for sending me some copies, including, of course, Jenny. And it is such a good idea to have soft toys with them. Children’s books are really important – and even more so because of the pandemic. Congratulations.”

Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and Roots & Shoots

“I received Lotus’s books and loved them! Well done! Thank you! With people like Lotus so aware and inspirational, I’m sure humanity can rise to the challenges we face.” — Louie Psihoyos, Director of Racing Extinction, Executive Director Oceanic Preservation Society

🌊 Need some reading material for this weekend? Bears for Cares ‘Billie the Octopus’ is inspired by Mission Blue and Sylvia A. Earle.” – Mission Blue

Bears for Cares books are also available with stuffed animals based on characters in the books:  Beary the Polar Bear (in “More Beautiful Than Heaven”), Billie the Octopus, Milo the Turkey and Jenny the Chimpanzee.  The books are published by Eifrig Publishing and are printed on recycled acid-free paper. For more information about Bears for Cares visit www.bearsforcares.com

About the Author

Lotus Kay, a 21-year-old writer, has been published in many publications including Green Child Magazine, Natural Parent, Thrive Global, and many others. She is a recipient of a grant from Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots program for her work creating the Bears for Cares campaign to educate kids on the importance and beauty of nature, and motivate them to help protect the Earth, and everything on it. She is also a singer/songwriter and poet. For more information about Lotus and her books and Bears for Cares, please click here.


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