Josh Potler ’97 Writes First Children’s Book, “Space Skunks”

In February of this year, Josh Potler ’97 was looking for a challenge. A self-described “goofy dad” with a wide array of interests and hobbies, he was itching to try something new and enriching. Now, less than a year later, he has published his debut children’s book, Space Skunks.
Written and illustrated by Josh, Space Skunks follows three adventurous skunks – Stinkers, Smelly, and Stench – as they travel to outer space to restore the Earth’s rotation after it gets caught on a star. Geared toward children 2 to 8 years old, this exciting story introduces concepts related to science and space as the skunks fight to save nighttime.
Inspired by his own children, Josh said that he wanted to develop something fun and informative that kids and parents could read together. Born and raised in Baltimore, he currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his wife, Kathryn, and their two children, ages 3 and 4 years old.
“I wanted to create something that they could enjoy and that I could enjoy,” he said. “Something with lessons, rather than just fun pictures.”
Josh, who works in sales at design and production firm The Alison Group, says that seeing families enjoy Space Skunks has been incredibly rewarding, and he has learned a lot about publishing through this experience. He is especially proud to have carried this project “all the way to the finish line,” seeing it through from his first idea to the final product.
Next, he plans to continue the Super Skunks series with stories about cleaning the ocean, saving the rainforests, and preventing forest fires, along with other world-saving feats.
Calvert School is thrilled to congratulate Josh on this achievement, and we look forward to the remaining books in the series.
Space Skunks: A Children’s Book About Saving Earth can be purchased through Amazon and is available in hardback, paperback, and ebook forms. Click here to order the book – and please join us in congratulating Josh!
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