The Gnomes of Oakland by Kamaria Lofton
There is an estimated 5,000 hand-painted gnomes just waiting to be discovered in the city of Oakland, California. "The Gnomes of Oakland" journeys through their lives and imagines what these tiny beings do at night when the city is asleep.
It's the third book in the wonderful Kids love Oakland! series by Oakland native and Turn the Page! children's book festival author Kamaria Lofton. It's illustrated by local artist Steven Anderson.
Children's Fairyland has been an Oakland institution since 1950. This is where kids and grown children alike explore its refreshingly low-tech landscape of Storybook sets and playgrounds, tunnels, and mazes. Parents know to check out the magical pumpkin of coffee post haste upon entry, and not to miss the puppet show, the live animals, the Jolley Trolley, and the Wonderland Tunnel. And of course, you must buy a Magic Key to unlock the stories of years past. Learn more about how to support them on their own site, or find more of their fun products right here on Keep Oakland Alive.