A former volunteer writes a children’s book inspired by her volunteering experiencek at La Tortuga Feliz
Johanna Lehmann is a former volunteer at La Tortuga Feliz Costa Rica and is the founder of United Letters, who inspires children through personalized and mindful books. After finishing her studies in 2009 Johanna took a few months off before work and chose to volunteer with the turtles at La Tortuga Feliz in Costa Rica.
“ This was truly one of the most inspiring months of my life and taught me so much about turtle conservation but also about myself. After the program I knew that I wanted to write a book about it in some form in the future to tell more people about the importance of the ocean and its creatures.”
At the end of 2016, Johanna Lehmann launched her first children’s book, which can be personalized with the name and appearance of the child. The Tree of Life book has become an international bestseller. Recently Johanna has published a second book: The Ocean Adventure. It’s an ocean adventure inspired by her volunteer work at La Tortuga Feliz in Costa Rica. It’s about a turtle named Myrtle that shows all the wonders of the ocean while also asking for help with the big challenges that the sea creatures face. We met up with Johanna to learn more!
Hi Johanna! Great to have you! How did you come up with the idea of a personalized children’s book?
Thanks for having me!
I have always written and have previously published books. I’ve always wondered how I could combine my passion for writing with my startup & technology experience in California. Likewise, I wanted to give my daughter an inspiring and personalized children’s book and did not find any that were sustainable and high quality.
That’s how I got the idea for United Letters, my online shop for high quality personalized children’s books, created sustainably in Germany. Each of our titles inspires children to live mindfully. You can personalize the name and look of the child and add your own dedication. So far, the feedback was very positive!
Recently you have published the personalized children’s book “The Ocean Adventure”. What’s it about?
With the personalized Ocean Adventure Book, we take every child on a journey to bring him the richness of the ocean and its inhabitants. Also, we playfully encourage them to protect the oceans!
The Sea Adventure Book is very personal for me, because the protection of our oceans and their animal inhabitants is extremely important to me. You know that more plastic than fish is forecasted to be in the sea by 2050? This is terrifying and will have dramatic consequences not only for the sea and it’s animals, but also for people.
How did you come up with the idea for The Ocean Adventure Book?
After finishing my master studies in 2009 I took a few months off before working and chose to volunteer for La Tortuga Feliz. This was truly one of the most inspiring months of my life and taught me so much about turtle conservation and also about myself. After the program I knew that I wanted to write a book about it in some form in the future to tell more people about the importance of the ocean and its creatures.
The book is beautifully illustrated and has such an important message for children and we are honoured that you chose us as a partner organization.
Yes, we are also pleased that we can donate part of the books proceeds to your organization to further support your cause. I chose La Tortuga Feliz as a partner as I know the organization very well and think the work you have done are are doing to protect turtles is very important.
We hope that as many parents and children as possible will read this great book. For what age is the book suitable for? And where can you buy it?
It is recommended for ages 2 to 8 years. In the beginning, the little ones can look at the colorful pictures. As they get older, they can understand the story behind it. Visit our website www.united-letters.com to personalize and preview the books. Use code FRIEND10 to save 10% on your Christmas order.
What’s next? What are your hopes for the future?
That as many children as possible read our personalized children’s book “The Ocean Adventure”, so that all children know how to protect the sea and its inhabitants.
Thank you for this exciting interview and your support to our turtle program in Costa Rica!
This is just an example of how volunteering at La Tortuga Feliz in Costa Rica can inspire people. Want to know more reasons why you should volunteer at La Tortuga Feliz in Costa Rica? Read the following article: 15-reasons-why-you-should-volunteer-with-turtles-at-la-tortuga-feliz-in-costa-rica