Welcome to Tuma's Books and Things!


Your choice of an awesome book by a writer of color + cute gifts + personalized note in an adorable custom box. Book options include a variety of Adult, Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Children's titles in Hardcover or Paperback. Learn more.

January Book of The Month selections are now available. This month's picks highlight diverse books to inspire you for the new year! Grab deluxe version for additional special gifts (book-shaped soap and mini soy candle).

Diverse Monthly Book Box, highlighting writers of color. #NoSubscription

Every month choose from a diverse lineup of books by BIPOC writers.

Classic Box includes book(s) of your choice carefully wrapped in an adorable custom box with bookmark, pen, pencil, other small gifts (cute/ quirky stickers, pins, note-tags, etc.), words of affirmation card, and personalized notes.

Deluxe Box includes everything in Classic Box, plus special gifts by creators of color, such as stunning bookmarks, candles, soap, postcards, etc.

Minimalist Box includes your book(s) of choice giftwrapped with words of affirmation card, personalized note, pencil, and bookmark.

Special gifts or Used Books can also be added onto any BOTM box.

**Gifts change slightly every month based on supply and new theme every season. See BOTM page for details.

To further personalize your box, leave a checkout note with a list of things you love.

Diverse Monthly Book Box; Book Subscription Box; Book of the Month box

Looking for a specific book?

If you're looking for a non-BOTM title, I can help you! Submit a special book order request and I'll take it from there.

JUNE BOTM: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (YA/Poetry/Novel-in-Verse) - Hardcover-BOTM-Tuma's Books And Things
JUNE BOTM: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (YA/Poetry/Memoir) - Hardcover & Paperback-BOTM-Tuma's Books And Things
July BOTM: Legend of Orisha Series- Children of Blood and Bone/Children of Virtue and Vengeance (YA/Fantasy/Series) - Hardcover-BOTM-Tuma's Books And Things
July BOTM: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (Nonfiction/Memoir) - Hardcover & Paperback-BOTM-Tuma's Books And Things
Oct. BOTM: The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio (Nonfiction/Memoir)- Hardcover-Tuma's Books And Things
Nov. BOTM: The Only Good Indian by Stephen Graham Jones (Horror)- Hardcover-Tuma's Books And Things
AUG. BOTM : A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (Literary Fiction) - Hardcover & Paperback-BOTM-Tuma's Books And Things
Dec. BOTM: Patron Saints of Nothing Randy Ribay (YA/Realistic Fiction)- Hardcover & Paperback-Tuma's Books And Things
Dec. BOTM: Sal & Gabi Series by Carlos Hernandez (Middle Grade/Fantasy&Sci-fi) - Hardcover-Tuma's Books And Things
Dec. BOTM: Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhhà Lai (Middle Grade/Poetry)- Paperback/Hardcover-Tuma's Books And Things

Too many titles to choose from?

"GET YOURSELF A MYSTERY BOX!!! I absolutely LOVED my mystery box. After filling out a survey, Tuma selects the best books to fit your style. I was so happy with what she sent me. I will definitely be purchasing the mystery BOTM box again!!!"

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. Read the rest of my story here.

If books and reading is your life, 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.