Hella Black Books

Founded by Joy Sparks

Joy Sparks is the Founder and visionary of Hella Black Books. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Joy relocated to Seattle, Washington in 2008.

After realizing that the challenges her children faced academically were linked to their struggle to read and comprehend, joy began to explore children's literature.

She felt that to ensure her children's success as students, they would need to have access to quality books.

Joy wanted to attract her children to literacy, arts, and culture through books. After a year of collecting culturally relevant books, Joy created a private library for her children.

She had found a way to elevate her children's literacy and wanted to share the wealth with her community. Hella Black Books was born!

Hella Black Books