Who our children meet in their books matters

OurShelves curates diverse book boxes for children

Partnering with you to ensure ALL kids and ALL families have a place on OurShelves
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Our curation sets us apart.

Our Curation Team's wide-ranging expertise and lived experience shape our book selection.
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Take action to change the picture book industry.

Join us in advocating for the many more diverse books still needed.

OurShelves is a quarterly diverse book box for children.

We curate high-quality children’s books that feature racially and ethnically diverse, LGBTQ+, disabled, feminist, and other characters and families currently under-represented in kids’ books.

We advocate for the many more diverse books still needed, in part by proving the significant audience for such books through our growing membership.

How it works

Red Number One
Choose your book box

You choose the type of book box you receive every 3 months: 

Sunshine Box (Ages 0-2)
Rainbow Box (Ages 2-5)
Treehouse Box (Ages 5-8)

Orange Number Two
Receive expert-curated books

Enjoy the peace of mind knowing that our Curation Team lives and breathes finding, and delivering to your doorstep, the very best books!

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Cherish and share

Cherish these special stories. Share them throughout your community. Also, share with us who and what types of stories are still missing on your shelves, which we incorporate into our advocacy with publishers.

Find the perfect box for your child

Sunshine Box

(Ages 0-2)

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Rainbow Box

(Ages 2-5)

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Treehouse Box

(Ages 5-8)

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Our Curation Team sets us apart.

Our team brings expertise from academia, librarianship, teaching, psychology, child development, anti-oppression work, and parenting to our book review process. 100% of the team has the lived experience of being under-represented in children's books.

Your subscription matters

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To you and your children

Our books affirm, empower, and connect.

Adult and Child Read a Children's Book
To your community

Share our stories with your school,
or library, and as birthday, shower,
or holiday gifts.

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To advocating for more diverse books

Be counted. Publishers will create
more of these books as they understand just how many of us there are seeking these books.

Our members love OurShelves!

Broadening the scope of where my students can identify themselves within their own library gives me hope and confidence that they will then broaden the scope of where they will place themselves in their lives and communities as they grow older.

Barbara Haake
Montessori Teacher

Our son has a subscription and has loved every book he's gotten. As a mixed race kid (who loves books!) with a Black daddy and queer mama, we try to be intentional that he is seeing not only characters and families like his, but also a variety of identities and experiences beyond his--racially and ethnically diverse characters, LGBTQ+, diverse religions and abilities, etc.

Kaite D.
Parent

The company is easy to work with and very compassionate and kind. We love it so much I just ordered a subscription for our nephew!

Colleen Aziz
Family Member

Who's Excited About Us

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Join our advocacy.

"Discussions with OurShelves influenced our decision to choose to feature a two-mom family in THE BREAD PET: A SOURDOUGH STORY."

- Kate DePalma, Senior Editor at Barefoot Books