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Kent works as the librarian in town when he's not writing and selling books. He has loved science, history and books (comic books and reading the backs, sides and fronts of cereal boxes), since he learned to read before kindergarten! While he never got his mom a dinosaur, they saw many fossils and displays over the years! He wrote Mom Needs a Dinosaur! for his mom, who also loved everything science. When Kent was younger he proudly worked as a cook on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. America (CV-66) for the Navy. Now he lives in Wisconsin with his wife Erin (the illustrator) and their two ginger kitties (a.k.a. junior advisors), Rocket and Robyn.

Illustrator Erin Kant Barnard and author Kent Barnard with their first picture book together, Mom Needs a Dinosaur!

Erin and Kent Barnard excited to show you their first picture book together!

Surprised cricket from the Rhino & Dino book series
Author Kent Barnard and illustrator Erin Kant Barnard with a raptor!

Kent and Erin with a raptor friend of theirs!



When Erin was a kid she considered being a paleontologist, but has always loved drawing the most. In fact, she studied hard and got her classwork done quickly just so she could doodle. This got her into trouble because the teachers found that the rest of the class would watch her instead of finishing their own work. In the 4th grade she was actually forbidden to draw for that entire year! [Erin says: "It was tough, forced to just sit there without paper or books or anything. So I imagined stories in my head instead. And look at me now, Mrs. Doty!"]. Erin Kant Barnard has illustrated hundreds of educational titles found around the world including all titles by Kagan Publishing like Cooperative Learning (which has so far sold almost a million copies). Mom Needs a Dinosaur! is her first picture book and the Rhino & Dino series is her first as an author/illustrator. She has also illustrated a couple of books for the Native American company, Black Bears & Blueberries, which were printed in both English and Lakota (Erin's great grandmother was Dakota Sioux). Although neurodivergent and technically disabled with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Erin loves illustrating as much as she can from her tropically-decorated space called the Tiki Room. Erin finds that she'd much rather draw dinosaurs than dig them up!

Outside of what she does with Seabear Press, more work of Erin's can be found at her store, Facebook and Instagram pages... or you can check out Erin's secret page (but shh! don't tell anyone!).

Linda is Seabear Press' official book cheerleader! She helps promote books, schedule signings and provides great company during events. Once a library director, Linda now has more time to read, garden and play with her super cute collies, Jackson and Piper, when she's not helping at Seabear Press. Linda, like Kent and Erin, especially loves picture books and protecting the environment.


book cheerleader

Erin and Linda at the Seabear Press Booth at WLA

Erin and Linda at the Seabear Press booth at the Wisconsin Library Association conference!

Selling in California, Terri holds the record for most books sold. Not only is Terri one of Seabear Press' biggest advocates, she's great at providing moral support, giving feedback for new books and being Erin's mom.


part-time book slinger

Kate is Kent's daughter who is new to Seabear Press. She sells books in the Ohio area, when she's not voraciously reading or fundraising for and rescuing pets in need.


part-time book slinger

Rhino & Dino heads back to back
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