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Post #8 - Erin Kant Barnard wins an outstanding achievement award!

6/8/2022: The Wisconsin Library Association works hard inspiring, engaging, and advocating for library workers and supporters for the state of Wisconsin. So when Erin submitted Rhino & Dino in: Juice!, she didn't think much about it afterwards. After all, the WLA Children's Book Awards Committee annually looks at every book that has been written, illustrated, or (in Juice's case) author/illustrated by anyone who was born in Wisconsin, currently living in Wisconsin or has lived in Wisconsin for a significant period of time. That's a lot of books! And in Erin's mind, kind of a long shot.

Fast forward a few months, and Erin gets something in the mail. Actually her husband, Kent, opens it, thinking it's for him because Erin hardly ever gets mail. She's too busy making books! Once Kent sees what it is he starts whooping and happy-dancing with the hugest of smiles. It takes Erin a minute for it to sink in before she joins him! And even then she can hardly believe it: she has just been awarded a 2022 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Literature for her work on Rhino & Dino in: Juice! by the Wisconsin Library Association Children's Book Awards Committee! Erin is now an award-winning author! And within the same week her second book in the series, Rhino & Dino in: Lemonade!, debuted to boot!

Within 2 days, our Facebook post about it had reached over 526 people. Pretty good, considering that the Barnards live in a little village where the population is only 692 people.

Thank you to the committee members Julia Lee, Ashley Borman, Sara Christopherson, Murray Johnson, Emily Stueven and Briony Zlomke!

This award means so much! What an amazing honor!

Erin with WLA Award
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Post #7 - The Rhino & Dino Series Continues!

5/2/2022: Seabear Press' third book, and second in the Rhino & Dino standalone book series, has been successfully funded on Kickstarter! We are pleased by not only that, but that Kickstarter chose Rhino & Dino in: Lemonade! as a "Project We Love." Kickstarter writes that they award Project We Love badges to "exceptionally bright" projects and "is our way of highlighting brilliant examples of creativity." Along with getting Lemonade! before anyone else, backers will also get a free Rhino & Dino holographic vinyl sticker for reaching a campaign stretch goal. Other stretch goals included a Rhino & Dino magnet, an extra copy of the book for the backers and a copy sent to the U.S. library or school of the backer's choice. The Kickstarter ends on May 13th, 2022 at 1:48 CDT. Thank you to all of our backers!

Additionally, we are also pleased that Rhino & Dino in: Juice! has been awarded a 5-Star Review by Readers' Favorite and that Rhino & Dino in: Lemonade! has been endorsed by our friend and super-talented author, Jerry Apps! The review can be read on our Facebook page: here. The endorsement can be seen: here. More information about Jerry Apps and his 40+ books can be found by visiting his website.

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5-star Readers' Favorite Review Medal

Post #6 - Rhino & Dino in: Juice! Debuts!

9/9/2021: Erin Kant Barnard has illustrated over 200 educational books, CDs, games, and other teacher tools for classrooms. "It's quite humbling knowing that my work is seen and helping people all over the world!" Barnard says. "And yet, Rhino & Dino is my first published book that I've authored as well as illustrated, and it's a whole other level of excitement! I can never thank everyone enough that has helped make this possible. When Juice! debuted, I spent the first 6 days sending out pre-orders and signing, personalizing and drawing a little something special in each of over 250 books! It's been a whirlwind of an adventure for sure so far, and I couldn't be happier!"

Rhino & Dino in: Juice! is now available in our store and at the Patterson Memorial Library with more locales coming soon. Help us spread the word by telling your friends and family about us and reviewing our books on GoodReads and everywhere Mom Needs a Dinosaur! is sold. We are a small mom 'n' pop press and your praise will help us to continue putting out awesome books.

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Post #5 - Rhino & Dino in: Juice! Comes Out September 2021!

6/19/2021: We are so excited that the first in the Rhino & Dino series is currently being printed! If you want to get the preorder deal for this title, check out our shop.

Thank you to everyone that helped make this adorably funny picture book a reality. Here are a few of the super backers in a shout out as part of the Kickstarter tier that they chose.

Click on the picture to see the original post on our Facebook page.


Post #4 - Rhino & Dino: New Picture Book Series!

3/30/2021: The first book in the cutely fun and hilarious picture book series, Rhino & Dino in: Juice! has debuted today on Kickstarter! Please check out all of the details by clicking here and make sure to order by 9:30am CDT on May 14th, 2021 so as not to miss out on the best price there will be... and some rewards as well. We are a small press that relies on word of mouth. Please help us spread the word so there will be many more Rhino & Dino books to come. Thank you.

5/8/2021: Rhino & Dino in: Juice! is 100% funded so make sure to put your book order in now!

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Erin Kant Barnard excited to show one of the Waushara Argus newpaper articles. See them all here!


Post #3 - The Year of 2020! Yuck!

2020 has been tough for everyone. We have held back this year with respect for those lost and in hopes that the world can begin to heal. At Seabear Press we are dedicated to our readers, and have not been idle during this time. Several books are finished and set to debut starting in 2021. So, until then, keep reading, best wishes and happy holidays to you all.


Post #2 - The Origin of Mom Needs a Dinosaur! by Kent Barnard

Meet Anthony! The inspiration for our book!

When I became the Director of the Patterson Memorial Library, Anthony and his mom were the first to come to the new Mr. Kent's Storytime at the library.

Anthony loved dinosaurs. Every week, when he and his mom came to storytime with his sister, Julia, he would return dinosaur books, then check out more dinosaur books. Anthony read every dinosaur book in the library several times!

One day, we were talking about birthdays, and I asked who had a birthday coming up. Anthony said, "My mom has a birthday coming!" When I asked him what he was getting her for her birthday he said, excited and happily, "A dinosaur!"

I thought, of course, what else would you get her? I thought it was a great idea for a book, so I started writing "A Dinosaur For Mom!" in 2012.

So, after 7 years, here is Anthony now with his own very special copy of Mom Needs a Dinosaur!, our first book!

Anthony, the inspiration for the picture book, Mom Needs a Dinosaur!
Author Kent Barnard signing a book for Anthony, the inspiration behind Mom Needs a Dinosaur!
Anthony and The Barnards at the Mom Needs a Dinosaur! picture book debut!
Anthony and The Barnards at th Mom Needs a Dinosaur! book premiere!

Anthony, Kent and Erin at the Mom Needs a Dinosaur! Premiere!

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Post #1 - It's official! Our first picturebook, Mom Needs a Dinosaur! has hit! We are pleased to announce that it can be found online and in book stores around the world including Barnes and Noble, Amazon and independent bookstores. For libraries and schools, please look for the book in the next edition of Ingram Spark's magazine.

To get a copy now, the link to Barnes and Noble is here or try this list of all of the good folks that sell our book. We have found that (other than purchasing from us, of course) that Barnes and Noble is the best place to get the book. The price is $16.99 with FREE shipping that takes only a few days (this is both cheaper than Wal-Mart and faster than Amazon!).

If you want a signed and personalized copy, we have PayPal in our shop! The information that we will need from you is listed here. The Barnards both sign the book and Erin always draws a dinosaur inside too!

Want to know more? Here's a description of Mom Needs a Dinosaur!:

Mom's big day is coming quick!
Would a dino do the trick?

Mom Needs a Dinosaur! is the answer for when a child can't decide what to get Mom for her big day... why, a dinosaur, of course! While this delightfully-rhyming and whimsically-illustrated picture book adventures through the humorous positives and negatives of gifting several kinds of dinosaur favorites, the child discovers what it is that Mom truly wants in this heartwarming tale.

Packed with dino-mite fun and appeal that is perfect for dinosaur lovers, Mother's Day, birthdays and read-alouds whether it's one-on-one or for group story times. Ages 2-7 (though we think anyone ages 2-107 would enjoy it!). 40 pages of full-spread illustrations.

Mom Needs a Dinosaur! picture book