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We are creating a children's book to build empathy for more than 2 million children in the United States of America.
We are creating a children's book to build empathy for more than 2 million children in the United States of America.
122 backers pledged $7,997 to help bring this project to life.

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 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.

 

This Land is My Land
This Land is My Land

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.

 

Amina
Amina

 

Amina's Family
Amina's Family

 

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: 

https://www.thislandbook.com/forum

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.

 

Dubie Toa-Kwapong
Dubie Toa-Kwapong

 

Samuel Fleming
Samuel Fleming

 

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.

Learn more about us

website: www.thislandbook.com

email: thislandbook@gmail.com

Social

Facebook: https://facebook.com/thislandbook/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thislandbook/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/thislandbook/

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.

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    Invitation to join #wearewithamina

    To thank you for your contribution of $5 or more, we'll send you a digital thank you card that includes an invitation to our online community #wearewithamina. Also, with your permission, we will list your name as a contributor on the website for the book.

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    e-book download

    We will send you the eBook of This Land is My Land and the digital thank you card. Also, with your permission we will list your name as a contributor on our website.

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    One book

    We will send you one copy of This Land is My Land and the digital thank you card. Also, with your permission we will list your name as a contributor on our website.

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    One book and an e-book

    We will send you one physical copy of This Land is My Land, the e-book, and the digital thank you card. Also, with your permission we will list your name as a contributor on our website.

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    Buy one, gift one + e-book

    You get two copies of This Land is My Land, an e-book, and the digital thank you card. Also, with your permission we will list your name as a contributor on our website.

    One copy will be shipped directly to you. The other copy will be either:

    - Donated to one of our partner schools / organizations / libraries.

    -Shipped directly to you to gift as you'd like

    We will contact you prior to shipping about your preference, whether both books are coming to your address, or if you'd like us to donate the second book.

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    Family Package

    You will get four copies of This Land is My Land and the digital thank you card. Also, with your permission we will list your name as a contributor on our website.

    One copy will be shipped directly to you. The other copies will be either:

    - Donated to one of our partner schools / organizations / libraries.

    -Shipped directly to you to gift as you'd like

    We will contact you prior to shipping about your preference, how many books are coming to your address, or if you'd like us to donate all the books.

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    Significant Contributor's Package

    In addition to the four copies of This Land is My Land, the e-book and the digital thank you card, we will send you a copy of our illustrator Samuel Fleming's original picture with his signature on it. Also, with your permission, we will list your name as a significant contributor on our website.

    One copy will be shipped directly to you. The other copies will be either:

    - Donated to one of our partner schools / organizations / libraries.

    -Shipped directly to you to gift as you'd like

    We will contact you prior to shipping about your preference, how many books are coming to your address, or if you'd like us to donate all the books.

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    • Digital thank you card
    • e-book download
    • This Land is My Land (Hardcover)
    • Signed copy of Sam's original picture
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