ABOUT US

[ THE STORY ]

Mocha Books was founded and began as an online bookstore in 2017. 

As of August 17, 2019 we have officially opened our door to our reading room/bookstore in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Inspired by a family of readers; the mission of Mocha Books is not only to promote literacy (for all ages), but to foster a love of reading in the home and community. It is equally important to promote positive self-images, encourage creativity and thought by providing a curated book selection that highlight black and brown characters and/or written by authors of color. Another central focus of Mocha Books is to highlight books by indie authors that . 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 and to offer youth stories that look like theirs, with characters that look like them.

To be more accessible to our community we are working towards a bookmobile.

 

[ THE FOUNDER ]

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 service to my community. 

-Shionka 

Check out my interview in the Tulsa People February 2019 issue

 

 

 

 


last updated 9.01.2019