Read Diverse Books. All Year Long!

Monthly Book Club and Online Bookstore offering a carefully curated selection of diverse titles by BIPOC authors because authentic representation of marginalized identities matters for everyone.

Why Tuma's Books?

Authentic diverse books by Black, Indigeneous, POC, and/or Queer writers handpicked for you by an avid reader and experienced educator.

Careful research to bring you powerful stories centering underrepresented identities, communities, and experiences.

Promoting literacy in communities with low literacy rates.

Directly support a small business, BIPOC authors, and local economy.

Owned by a Black, Muslim, Gambian, First-Generation American Woman.

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JUNE BOTM: Pride by Ibi Zoboi (YA/Romantic Classic with a Twist) - Hardcover & Paperback-BOTM-Tuma's Books And Things
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Historical Fiction) - Hardcover-Books-Tuma's Books And Things
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (Literary Fiction) - Hardcover-Books-Tuma's Books And Things

Looking for books not currently in my bookstore?

I'm happy to place a special order for you! Just fill out a form with the information I need to get started and I'll take care of the rest from there.

Upcoming Pop-Up Shop Events

Looking to shop Tuma's Books in person? Check out my next Pop-Up shop appearance. You can catch me in the Bronx, Harlem, and lower Westchester, where there is the highest need for book access as there are fewer or no bookstores.

Order online and pick up at Pop Up event by selecting PICK UP option during checkout. Browse in stock titles here.

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Diversifying your AAPI Reading

Diversifying your AAPI Reading

 Tuma's Books recs by Asian writers from lesser represented countries. 
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Currently Reading: Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? By Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

Currently Reading: Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? By Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

I'm currently reading Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn and here are my thoughts so far:
Yinka, Yinka, Yinka . . .
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Focus on the PI of AAPI Heritage Month

Focus on the PI of AAPI Heritage Month

The AAPI stories that we predominantly see are East and South Asian--Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian. But Asia is the LARGEST continent with about 50 countries! Each with multitudes of identities and experiences that deserve to be told.

I challenge all of us to find stories about LESSER represented nations and learn what we can. Read for recs to get you started.
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About Tuma:

My name is Fatuma Hydara and I am an 8th grade English teacher by day and a reader-entrepreneur by night. I've always been book-obsessed. As a child, I hid under my covers with a flashlight reading late into the night. Growing up, books and stories were gateways into worlds and experiences that were so different from my own as the oldest daughter of West African, Muslim immigrants, living in The Bronx, NY. However, I never found stories that reflected my identity as Black, Muslim, First Generation, Gambian-American. Read the rest of my story here.

If books and reading is your life, if you value diversity and connecting with others, if you enjoy simple pleasures, and if you're young at heart, then this is your home. Thank you for joining me in my journey. Read the rest of my mission/vision here.