Frequently Asked Questions
Are you a publisher?
No. We started MiJa Books by simply writing book reviews of the diverse books we bought for our daughter’s home library, and offering Amazon Affiliate links to purchase the books through Amazon.com.
We are now an official, independent (online-only) bookstore. You can support our small, family-owned business by purchasing books directly through our MiJa Books Shop. We are still keeping up our Amazon Affiliate links for the following reasons:
1. Not all of the books that we find are available for wholesale purchases. This usually means that the author is self-published. At MiJa Books, we pride ourselves in supporting self-publishers in addition to promoting books from larger, established publishers. Very rarely are self-publishers able to get shelf space at bookstores, making it a challenge to promote their book(s) on a large scale. We’d like to help those authors that have taken the self-publishing route, and we do that by showcasing their book(s) on our site and offering Amazon links to purchase these books that you may have never encountered otherwise.
2. There are more diverse book titles than we can physically store in our office! We’ve found hundreds of amazing titles and want to showcase as many of them as possible. Currently, the only feasible way for us to do that is to keep writing reviews, providing Amazon links for purchases, and sharing them on our social media pages. The wholesale purchases of books have been restricted to whatever we can fit in our office. We would love for our shop to do so well that we’d be forced to expand and move into a larger warehouse!
How long does it take to get my order?
If you order directly through our MiJa Books Shop, please allow 1-2 days for processing, and 2-10 days for shipping.
We do not ship or distribute books purchased through our Amazon Affiliate links. Check your Amazon.com order for details on shipping.
Do you only feature picture books?
At the moment, yes. We focus on baby board books and children’s picture books. We have a philosophy that the best way to combat racism and bigotry is to expose children from day one to inclusive, diverse, and multicultural stories. And what better way to do that than with books?!
We’ve created a Bookshop.org store that features middle grade and YA novels featuring protagonists of color. You can browse our curated lists at our MiJa Books Shop through the Bookshop.org affiliate program.
How can I get my book featured on your site/social media pages?
We accept digital and hardcopy submissions of board books and picture books. If we find that the imagery and message of your book aligns with our vision, we’d be happy to review it and showcase it on our site and across our social media platforms. Please send digital submissions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you offer collaborations on Instagram giveaways?
Yes! We love #IGGiveaway collabs! Here is a sample of a recent indie author collab:
If you are interested in a giveaway collab, please reach us via email at email@example.com to discuss the details.
I’m looking for a specific type of book. Can you offer a recommendation?
Absolutely! After countless hours of searching for diverse books, it’s fair to say we’ve become diverse picture book connoisseurs! You can reach us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for recommendations.