This Land is My Land is a children’s book written by Dubie Toa-Kwapong and illustrated by Samuel Fleming. In the summer of 2017, Nana Adom Mills-Robertson, a senior at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, came up with the idea of creating a children's book. This book aims to build empathy for more than 2 million children in the USA. Adom approached Dubie Toa-Kwapong, an award-winning writer and Macalester graduate ‘16, with the idea. Dubie agreed with it and created This Land is My Land. However, it was not complete. Samuel Fleming, a junior at Macalester, who doubled as a prominent up-and-coming artist in the Twin Cities, brought life to the characters through art
The reading level of this book is aimed for grade's 1-3. However, anybody can enjoy the book and learn the lessons that it brings up.
Amina is a little girl who lives in a city called Minneapolis with her mom, dad, and baby brother, Alfie. Amina is a very happy girl. She loves her family and mathematics. But recently things have changed at school. Some of her schoolmates have started to say and do mean things to Amina and some of her friends because they are “different”. It has been making Amina very sad. Luckily, Amina has a mom who reminds her that she and her friends are wonderful, just as they are.
Your funds and help will go towards bringing the book to life. The manuscript of the book has been created. The illustrations are still in process. However, we need your help for printing and publishing the book. We want it to have the widest reach possible in order to fulfill our mission of building empathy for more than 2 million children in the USA. To do that, we need to create a book that can weather the test of time, by having the best quality possible.
How are we going to build empathy for more than 2 million children with just a children's book?
By tapping into the power of communities. We hope that parents and educators will use this book to draw courage and speak about their experiences in the journey to teach their children empathy. Educators are not only in the classroom. People can be educators through the conversations they have, the groups that they surround themselves with, and the activities that they engage in. These activities have a lasting impact. The book and the communities that it galvanizes ensure that this impact will grow exponentially such that our goal of building empathy is achieved. As such we have built a platform on our website:
This is a safe space for you to engage and grow. The book starts the conversation, and the community will make sure that the impact stays. The community is called #wearewithamina.
We'd also like to give a shoutout to our website designer, a Macalester College student by the name of Daijiro Yokota '20, and our advisor Kenneth Chang. This Kickstarter would not have been possible without their help and expertise.
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Risks and challenges
The story of the book is already done. The book will be 36 pages long, one colored picture per page. Our illustrator Sam is in the process of creating 36 illustrations.
We will use a third-party publisher in the US for the publication and distribution.
In order to make our story reach as many children as possible, we focused on making the book affordable while keeping the quality high.
The biggest risk that we anticipate is the delivery date. The estimated date of delivery is between February and March 2018. We are putting as much effort as possible to deliver the rewards by that time. However there might be delays due to the production process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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