Reading has always been very important in our family, so, I was delighted to find OurShelves and get my grandkids hooked up with some diverse books that I didn’t even have to shop for! The kids were delighted to get packages in the mail, and also books, so it was a win/win for us all. Each quarter when the books arrive, the kids haul them to my house to be properly shown off. Some go home again, some stay here. There are so many wonderful books showing every kind of family, and the kids certainly love reading—which was the entire goal. If I had to pick one book out of them all, it would be “The Red Stroller.” It came in the very first package, and I practically know it by heart now. The kids still love to trace the stroller’s path in the lovely illustrations, and Gwen loves to point out to me that the story comes full circle. She can even read most of it herself now. Theo likes to pretend he can read it to me, and knows the story so well that he just about can.
There is so much competition for their time and energy, and these wonderful books have provided respite and quiet time at the end of many busy days, while also modeling inclusivity and diversity—without any preachiness. Thank you very much for providing this old lady with some “couch time” that enables me to spend time with the kids without killing myself.