So...my dedication to literacy stems from my love and work as a mother (of 2) and educator. My journey has included homeschooling in a child-led environment and youth worker for after school programs & emergency shelter. It was during this time that I became increasingly aware of our lack of color in literature - stories, characters and writers. Since then it has become my mission and passion to create family friendly spaces and services to my community that promote color in literature, a love for reading and to increase community engagement. - Shionka
Statistics show that reading at least 20 minutes a day will have a positive impact and build a lifelong reader. While encouraging this, it is important to include books that are diverse, that will open the mind to a world outside of one's own view and to offer youth stories that look like theirs, with characters that look like them.
Why Mocha Books? Mocha is defined as a dark brown color and books are, of course, the focus of this space. Thus, the creation of Mocha Books. A space that highlights characters and stories of color in literature.
Here's a brief timeline
March 2017 Mocha Books founded as an online bookstore
August 2018 - Opened a tiny bookstore and reading room in Tulsa, Ok.
Summer 2020 - Mobile Mocha Books is coming soon!
Inspired by a family of readers, the mission of Mocha Books is to promote literacy (for all ages), and to foster a love of reading in the home and community. It is equally important to promote positive self-images, encourage creativity and thought and provide a curated book selection that highlight black and brown characters and/or written by authors of color. 90% of the books featured/stocked are by indie authors. It is important to note that we are more than a bookstore, but a resource for (all) things literature and literacy.
Before you go, check out several articles and other mentions of Mocha Books.
TULSA PEOPLE MAGAZINE
Our first feature was a story in a local magazine.
HOMESCHOOLING IN THE D
We are listed as 1 of 13 booksellers/bookstores.
50 STATES 50 BOOKS
We were picked as the recipient of 50 diverse books for Oklahoma.
A brief Q&A by blog, Its Really Relle
Our profile is listed on this platform for indie bookstores and book clubs.
We are currently the only bookstore in Oklahoma that is listed on this Black owned bookstore directory.
Small write up about our crowdfunding efforts for a mobile bookstore.
Our mission and story was featured on Forbes.com
Black on bookstores
and you may have seen us in these bookstore listings...PublishersWeekly