The LGBTQ+ Communiy


Dear Queer families,

OurShelves is for us.

My wife, Jenn, and I have a five-year-old, Anna, and another on the way due in December. We think our littles ones - all of our littles ones - deserve so much better than the current picture book status quo.

How many high-quality books do you have with LGBTQ+ characters or families? Whatever the number is, it's not enough. Not to mention all the beautiful diversity existing within our families that remains invisible in most of today's offerings . . .  

Like most change throughout history, change will occur when we organize ourselves, with our allies, to assert our collective power. There are enough of us to accelerate change, but only if we ensure we're counted.

This is what OurShelves is all about -- we are standing up, collectively, to be counted in a long, sustained wave of powerful market demand. Together, we are connecting existing, hard-to-find content to our little ones so they don't miss out on what does exist. And also, together, we are advocating for more books, so many more books. 

Please listen to our quick video below, and then please share your story too - about why you care about kids' books!

OurShelves belongs to all of us. This is our time. 

Because we all know the closet is no place to be during story time.

With gratitude and love,

Alli, Jenn and Anna