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Father writes, son draws. Meet the children's book duo, Omar and Khalil Bala. We are passionate about early childhood literacy and we advocate for children to pursue their dreams. Our mission is to inspire the future generations of young leaders.
An Oakland native has spent his entire life in Oakland, CA. After graduating from Oakland Technical High School, he went to one of the nation’s most prestigious universities, UC Davis, to purse a degree. Omar graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Community Regional Development and a minor in African American Studies. Soon after, he began working various jobs around Oakland and the Bay Area, such as Habitat for Humanity, where he built affordable homes, and he tutored/mentored high school students at various schools in Oakland. After years of dedication to the youth, Omar found employment at Bay Area Rapid Transit working as a train operator, but he knew he was deeply connected with the youth and giving back to the community. So, he and his son Khalil decided to write books to inspire not only his children, but children around the world as well.
Khalil has always had a passion for creativity. It begin when he first picked up a pencil to draw SpongeBob SquarePants at 3 three years old. He would draw SpongeBob incessantly. In, addition to drawing, Khalil enjoys sculpting figures out of play-doh and clay and creating visual art on his iPad. Khalil can manifest any image from his mind in physical form. His first book, “Why Dogs Chase Cats” and “The Lost Baby Spinosaurus,” were drawn when he was only 7 years old. Khalil is currently in the third grade and aspires to become an astronaut.