ABOUT US

▪ OUR STORY ▪ 

Mocha Books is an online bookstore, founded in 2017, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Inspired by a family of readers; the mission of Mocha Books is not only to promote literacy, but to foster a love of reading in the home and community. The Goal of Mocha Books is to promote positive self-images, encourage creativity and thought by providing a curated book selection that highlight black and brown characters. 

The selection of new and used books are for all ages that either include characters of color and/or written by authors of color. Another focal part of Mocha Books is to highlight books by indie authors that most often don't get a lot of exposure. We also offer family friendly events and literacy resources.

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. It is also equally important that youth have the opportunity to read stories that look like theirs, with characters that look like them.

▪ OUR FOUNDER ▪ 

Shionka McGlory + Mocha Books + Tulsa Magazine

PHOTO BY VALERIE WEI-HAAS FOR TULSA MAGAZINE. 

 

Since 2011 I have dedicated countless hours, working in various roles within my community to provide resources for youth and families in under-served areas. 

In 2013, while homeschooling my children, I faced a challenge to find books that highlighted black and brown characters as the main character. I wanted to find books that my children would enjoy, with characters that looked like them, beyond black history books.

Since then I have dedicated my time to find such books and most importantly to find books that are written by black authors. It has become my mission and passion to create a space (Mocha Books) and do my part so that families do not face the same challenge.


-Shionka