Women-Led Nonprofit Publisher Celebrates 5th Anniversary With 7 New Book Releases

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., July 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A normal year for the relatively young California non-profit, Seven Seas Press, includes the release of one or two new children’s book titles. In Year 5, creativity and production grew and exploded into an exponential number of new things!

“Makana is a gift” is available in English and bilingual Spanish/English versions.

Fresh off the press, ” Makana is a gift,by award-winning author Janet Luciaillustrated by Alexis Cantu, is the story of a small green sea turtle’s quest for identity and purpose, and an all-too-common and life-threatening encounter with a plastic bag he mistakes for a jellyfish.

In conjunction with the nearby Goleta Valley Library’s summer reading program themed “Oceans of Possibilities”, Seven Seas Press brings a message of hope and empowerment to children who see themselves in Makana, and also want do their part to protect the underwater world from the perils of plastic.

Seven Seas Press has launched an Indiegogo fundraiser to donate 400 books to children participating in the library’s summer reading program during the “Summer Splash” event. Seven Seas Press and Goleta Valley Library share a passion for children’s books and the power of public libraries to reach young readers.

Executive Director of Seven Seas Press, Erika Romer said: “With “Makana is a Gift” we hope to inspire a new generation of readers to become curious about the ocean and its inhabitants, and especially that children and their families become passionate about helping to protect our oceans.”

The Seven Seas Press fundraiser will run through July. Books can also be purchased by donating books to the campaign. See the link below for more information:

Marcos Martinez, Spanish Engagement Specialist from the City of Goleta and translator of the bilingual version “Makana is a Regalo” says, “Literacy is not only important, it is transformative.

Makana is a gift” is endorsed by Mary J. Donohue, Ph.D., marine biologist and ocean plastics expert, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa:

“An underwater fable of self-discovery, punctuated by the tragedy of ocean plastic pollution, all set against the backdrop of beloved ocean creatures rendered in extraordinary aquatic splendor.”

Author Janet Lucia said, “Makana is a gift’ offers topical themes of identity and belonging to explore with children, as well as the call for ocean conservation. May we all play a part in protecting these magnificent magical ocean creatures.”

Coming this fall, other new features:

  • “The Crazy Old Maid ~ and How She Came to Be Known as Flora, the Completely Sane and Age-Defying Domestic Goddess” and the bilingual “La Solterona Loca,” a children’s book about living simply and treating others with respect;

  • The Ukrainian/English version of the classic “The Three Sunflowers”, a sweet allegory of the garden that offers support and inner peace to children going through difficult times;

  • In honor of the 20th anniversary of the publication of “Moon Mother, Moon Daughter – Myths and Rituals That Celebrate a Daughter’s Coming of Age” the liberation of the companion “Moon Circles Animator’s Guide” accompanied by a Log.


For more information contact:
Erika RomerExecutive Director – Seven Seas Press
[email protected]
805 886 6548

Vibrant, realistic imagery by watercolourist Alexis Cantu brings the characters to life.

Vibrant, realistic imagery by watercolourist Alexis Cantu brings the characters to life.



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