LITTLE ROCK (November 9, 2020) – The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB)
announced the statewide launch of its first-ever illustrated children’s book “Otto the Otter
and the Great Arkansas Mystery.” Families and children from across the state can now
access the free book both online and at local community and public school libraries.
In “Otto the Otter and the Great Arkansas Mystery,” readers follow KAB mascot character
Otto the Otter along with his new crew of litter-fighting friends during his journey across
Arkansas. The team joins forces to solve the mystery of who or what is destroying the
environment, one piece of litter at a time.
“It is our mission to empower children to get involved at a young age with local and state
beautification efforts,” said Mark Camp, executive director of KAB. “We hope that our new
children’s book serves as a fun, exciting outlet to encourage children to participate and help
teachers find unique ways to demonstrate the importance of preventing litter and
“Otto the Otter and the Great Arkansas Mystery” was written and illustrated by Ron Wolfe,
cartoonist and features writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Printed copies of the book are now available at various public and school libraries across
Arkansas, and the digital version is available online at
About Keep Arkansas Beautiful
The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), consisting of a professional staff of three
and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor, is a division of the Arkansas
Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. KAB is a certified state affiliate of Keep
America Beautiful Inc. KAB inspires and educates individuals to reduce litter, recycle and
keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is funded by 1% of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax. For
more information, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com. Stay in the know by following Keep
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