Oakland's First Children's Book!

$4,237 of $8,500 goal

Raised by 69 people in 12 months
Kamaria Lofton Walker  OAKLAND, CA
My name is Kamaria Lofton. I am an Oakland native, Mills College graduate, and author of Oakland's first children's book, "My City Is Oakland". 

I need to raise $8,500 for the final printing cost to publish "My City Is Oakland". Your help and generosity is needed to make this dream a reality.

It is my goal to print "My City Is Oakland" in the summer of 2016 including recording an accompany song to go along with the book and will schedule to officially release 2016.

"My City Is Oakland" is a fun and exciting book for children, high-lighting the wonderfully diverse and culturally-rich place we call home: Oakland, California. This is the first in a series of seven children's books about this fascinating city that introduces younger and older readers alike to the history, landmarks and activities that make Oakland so great! "My City Is Oakland" is sure to spark fond memories of growing up in Oakland as well as be a guide for new Oaklanders. Readers will be able to re-live the memories of growing up in Oakland or make some new ones with this book.

Although I feel like I have accomplished many goals to insure success in my life, two years ago I found myself homeless and jobless after the house we were renting was sold (without giving us the proper time to find a new home) and I was forced to close down my preschool. With a new baby, a business involving children, my husband losing his job, and the soaring housing prices in Oakland we were never able to find a house for me to continue to operate my business.

Although it was one of the lowest times in my life it was also a time where I was inspired by the opportunity of a new beginning. I enjoyed motherhood with no interruptions and focused on researching and learning what it would take for me to publish my children's book series. During that time I wrote the other books in the Around The Lake Series.

To publish this book through my own company, Like The Moon Press means so much more to me than it would for the average author. Publishing "My City Is Oakland" will allow me to rebuild my family's quality of life and future as well as share this wonderful book with the world.

Any amount you can contribute to this project will be greatly appreciated and no amount it too small.
Thank you!
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Update 23
Posted by Kamaria Lofton
2 months ago
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Hello Everyone,
I know most of you are on Facebook but for those who are not, the theme song to the book is now available on iTunes! Please go to iTunes to down load "My City is Oakland Theme Song"...
P.S. The Remix will be available soon as well :)
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Update 22
Posted by Kamaria Lofton
7 months ago
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Hello All,
Although I did not reach my original goal I was still able to print a small run of "My City Is Oakland!"
To everyone who gave, I cannot say thank you enough for your support and belief in me. I wrote this book 10 years ago and it's finally REAL! I will be sending out a copy of the book to each of you along with a gift. If you are local I will arrange a drop off. Thanks again to you all...and the journey continues but on a different path now ❤️
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Update 21
Posted by Kamaria Lofton
7 months ago
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Carla Service of Dance-A-Vision reads My City Is Oakland.
Ms. Carla
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Update 20
Posted by Kamaria Lofton
7 months ago
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This lovely young lady provided the lead vocals for the remix. So impressed with her!
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Seena Hawley
7 months ago

Will you publish more as you collect more $'s? Also, I'm in Berkeley, I'd be delighted to come pick up a book from you.

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Frank Sherlock
7 months ago

Congratulations, kamaria. So glad thi beautiful book is published! We're very. Proud of you. Frank & Norah

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Bonnie York
12 months ago

I would love to contribute. Unfortunatrly I make less than all head starts in the bay area & I can't afford to donate. Being a Head Start Teacher I struggle constantly with very little pay. Otherwise I would love to donste.

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$4,237 of $8,500 goal

Raised by 69 people in 12 months
Created March 27, 2016
Kamaria Lofton Walker  
CS
$25
Celeste Salvatto
24 days ago

team work makes the dream work...

EP
$75
Eleni Papanikolas
2 months ago
$100
Anonymous
7 months ago
$25
Margie Pacheco
7 months ago

Kudos Kamaria!

$25
Jessica Stewart
7 months ago
AP
$100
Adrian Pettaway
8 months ago(Offline Donation)
JR
$75
Jamie Reese
8 months ago
$25
Ami Eaton
8 months ago

So awesome, thank you!!

RD
$25
Rohan Dixit
8 months ago

I love this! Thank you

$25
Greg Cruz
8 months ago
Seena Hawley
7 months ago

Will you publish more as you collect more $'s? Also, I'm in Berkeley, I'd be delighted to come pick up a book from you.

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Frank Sherlock
7 months ago

Congratulations, kamaria. So glad thi beautiful book is published! We're very. Proud of you. Frank & Norah

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Bonnie York
12 months ago

I would love to contribute. Unfortunatrly I make less than all head starts in the bay area & I can't afford to donate. Being a Head Start Teacher I struggle constantly with very little pay. Otherwise I would love to donste.

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