Santa Barbara Non-Profit Publisher Raises Funds to Donate Books During COVID-19

Source: Seven Seas Press

Santa Barbara-based nonprofit publisher, Seven Seas Press, partners with national organization, Head Start, for its latest fundraising effort to provide books to local preschool age children as they and their families navigate lack of access to early childhood learning opportunities due to COVID-19.    

“We are excited to announce our newest campaign aimed at gifting as many books as possible to children, many with parents who are working while navigating distance learning,” says Erika Romer, Executive Director at Seven Seas Press. “This book is perfect for these times we are experiencing,” continues Romer. “Why Am I / Por Qué Soy, authored by Colleen McCarthy-Evans and illustrated by Sarah Dietz, is a playful and sweet journey of much needed joy. It is a rhyming poem which is an invitation for little ones and adults alike to explore questions around why we are here. Now more than ever as children learn from home, books are an important and simple way to contribute to their well being.”

Funding from this IndieGoGo fundraising campaign will provide books to partner organizations, Head Start, and its sister organization, Storyteller Children’s Centers here in Santa Barbara. Romer adds, “It is important to us to provide books that offer fresh, supportive and relevant content which explore ways to navigate the world around us in a connected way. We offer all of our books in bilingual format in support of all of our bilingual Santa Barbara families.” 

This latest campaign follows 2 others that raised over $10,000 to gift more than 600 books locally and beyond, including organizations that support families in border facilities, hurricane, fire, and mudslide relief, and refugee camps in Australia and Greece. Seven Seas Press continues its mission to seek out partnerships with organizations that offer direct services to children in need. This past summer’s campaign supported by individual donations, funding from American Riviera Bank and an in-kind donation by Boone Printing, enabled the publisher to send 173 English and bilingual books to 4-8 year olds enrolled in Girls Inc. programs. In addition, last month 50 books were distributed by Artesania para la Familia in Carpinteria, an organization that works directly with underserved families by identifying needs and facilitating distribution of donations.

As they continue to grow, Seven Seas Press invites greater community support to help build the nonprofit to expand the scope and reach of its work. They will be focusing on developing relationships with grant giving organizations, marketing and expanding the base of collaborating talent to reflect diversity in our community. 

Please support the Why Am I Fundraiser at 


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