Mom Needs A Dinosaur by Kent & Erin Barnard

Kent Barnard (MLIS 2011) and Erin Kant Barnard (MLIS 2011) have recently published their first picture book, Mom Needs a Dinosaur! (Seabear Press, 2019).

They began working on the book together after graduation in 2011. Kent had become the Director of Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, WI, and Erin had just started working at the Wautoma, WI Public Library. Kent said, “The inspiration for the book was Anthony, who came to my first story time and loved dinosaurs. One day, his mom said she had a birthday coming up, when I asked Anthony what he was going to get her, he said ‘a dinosaur!’ I thought, what a great idea for a book!” With Erin’s amazing talents as an illustrator, the couple set out on their adventure!

After joining the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), getting feedback on the manuscript and hearing “no editor wants to hire an author/illustrator team” the Barnards decided to self-publish.

After overcoming a few trials and tribulations, they at last uploaded the book to Ingram Spark. Mom Needs a Dinosaur! is available at; Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers.

For details on signed or personalized copies, please visit and click on book order info, or send an email to The website also has fun games and printable bookmarks – They’re Dino-mite!

Congratulations to Kent and Erin on their first Children’s Picture Book!