My Story- Who is 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. Reading opened up my world and made me the open-minded, empathetic, and intellectual person that I am. In addition, I value the power of connection, service, and providing others with what they need. I truly believe that knowledge is power and equity. A person might lack certain opportunities, but you can always read and learn. I believe that the more we learn about others, the more accepting and tolerable we become. So, reading is not only fun, but it helps make you a better fellow human.
How We Got Started
While I chose teaching as my life's work, I've always secretly wanted to have my own bookstore to further share my love of words, books, and reading. The chaos of Covid-19 and quarantine has provided me with time to further explore this dream. After weeks of waffling, Tuma's Books and Things was born to provide book lover gifts, as well as books. We're all about loving books, beautiful or quirky bookmarks, tees, notebooks/journals, and more.
We're still growing, but I'm super excited about helping other book lovers meet their bookish needs.