1. What is Stories of a Colorful World?

Stories of a Colorful World (SOCW) is a Black-owned, women-owned online children’s bookstore, founded by Kanika Mobley and Vanessa Mitchell. 

We provide curated book collections to increase diverse representations of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) characters, amplify the voices of BIPOC authors and help cultivate children’s love of reading.

Our book collection spans children ages 0-12 years old with a mixture of board books, picture books, early readers, early chapter books and middle grade books. 

4. What age ranges do you serve?

We offer books for ages 0-15 years old. 

3. How long will it take for my order to arrive?

We will process and ship your order within 2-3 business days (excluding weekends, holidays, and in the event that we are holding a special promotion or receive an influx of orders.) Your order should arrive 3-5 business days after shipment, depending on the time of the year per USPS or UPS. You will receive an email when your order ships with a tracking number regardless of which method of shipping you choose. Please note that we cannot guarantee arrival dates and are not responsible for any delays.

2. HELP! Why haven't I received any emails confirming my order or shipping yet?

Check your spam box. You should receive one from www.storiesofacolorfulworld.com confirming your order and then another one when your order ships with tracking information. If you have any questions regarding your order, we are here to help at info@storiesofacolorfulworld.com.

5. How do you choose your books?

To find our books, we work with publishers, partner with independently published authors, and are constantly receiving awesome recommendations from amazing people like you.  We’re looking for a few things in our books: superior quality, gorgeous illustrations, and how well children interact and stay engaged as they’re reading. We’re also looking for books that represent a wide range of ethnicities, abilities, cultural backgrounds, and world views. The lucky few who make the BEST impressions get added to the shop!

6. Why don’t I see classics like Dr. Seuss or books with animal characters?

 At our core, we believe that every reader deserves to see themselves in the books they read.  Currently, the statistics from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center shows that the percentages of books depicting main characters from diverse backgrounds are lower than the number of books with main characters who are animals. Research shows that 11.9% of main characters are Black/African, 1% are Native/First Nations, 5.3% are Latinx, 8.7% are Asian/Asian American, .05% are Pacific Islander, 41.8% are white, and 29.2% are animal/other. Additionally, 3.4% of books have a main character with a disability and 3.1% have a main character who identifies as LGBTQIAP+.

That said, we’ve made it our mission to help you find quality books featuring BIPOC main characters, written by BIPOC authors, especially those you may never have heard about. Classics and books featuring animal characters are easily found and purchased at a multitude of retailers (for which we are very grateful!). So while some of you may recognize a few of our titles that were simply too good to pass up, the bulk of our choices are made by discovering new and exciting options for you. We pride ourselves on a curated list of books that are sure to delight child and adult readers alike.

7. What if I don't see a book that relates to my child's needs or situation?

If you don’t see exactly what you need for your child’s current developmental or emotional state, please send us an email at info@storiesofacolorfulworld.com. Even though we aren’t able to carry every amazing book out there, we have read or read about thousands of options and are happy to help you find something that reflects your child’s needs or feelings.

8. What is your return policy?

We are happy to accept returns of unread books within 30 days of their arrival date. All returned items must be in their original condition.

Returns are issued in two forms: the original payment is refunded to the purchaser’s credit card or an exchange can be made for books of equal or lesser value. Shipping charges are non-refundable. Please email info@storiesofacolorfulworld.com and we’ll get things sorted straight away!


Returns should be sent to: 

Stories of a Colorful World
559 Chauncey St. Floor 2 
Brooklyn, NY 11233

9. What is the SOCW Loyalty Rewards Program?

Joining the SOCW Loyalty Rewards Program is free and there are never any renewal or maintenance fees.  This membership entitles you to exclusive offers, free shipping, and discounts on purchases.

To Join: 

  • Sign up for a standard customer account online at storiesofacolorfulworld.com by providing your first name, last name, and email address. 
  • If you already have a customer account, you will automatically earn points on your next purchase.

Earning Points: 

Actions Points Earned
Create an account 10 points
Make a purchase 1 point for every $5 spent
Leave a review of your purchase 15 points
Refer a friend
You: 10 points
Your friend: 5 points


Reward Levels: 

Levels  How to earn Rewards
Bronze 0-24 points
Silver 25-49 points
  • Free shipping 
  • 20 bonus points
Gold 50-99 points
  • Free shipping 
  • 25 bonus points
Platinum 100+ points
  • Free shipping 
  • 25 bonus points
  • 2 points for every $5 spent


10. How do I join the SOCW Loyalty Rewards Program?

You automatically start earning rewards when you sign up for a standard customer account online at storiesofacolorfulworld.com by providing your first name, last name, and email address. 

If you already have a customer account, you will earn points on your next purchase. 

11. Do you offer discounts for bulk order?

Yes, we offer bulk discounts for schools and/or organizations.  We require a minimum order of 10 books to receive a bulk order discount. To inquire further, complete the Special order request form and we’ll follow up with more details.