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  • For first-time members, your box will ship within 3 business days of placing your order. For existing members, boxes ship quarterly: Spring Box - March, Summer Box - June, Fall Box - September, Winter Box - December.
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OurShelves: High-Quality Diverse Children's Books
Give the gift of beautiful books that both ignite imagination and wonder, and also feature diverse characters and families. Watch with joy and pride as the special little ones in your world receive these beautiful books each quarter.
  • The perfect gift to ignite imagination, wonder and the giggles too while affirming your values of inclusion, equity, social justice, love and fun!
  • Books that proudly feature racially and ethnically diverse, LGBTQ+, feminist, and other traditionally under-represented identities in children's books
  • Free shipping and increased discounts for annual prepay subscriptions.
  • The pride in knowing you're exercising your consumer power to be counted in support of diverse children's books -- OurShelves advocates for the many diverse books needed in part by proving the significant, yet largely untapped, audience for such books
  • Curation Team that chooses books includes experts from librarianship, teaching, early childhood development, psychology, racial and other identity bias, and parenting. All Curation Team members -- and their children -- share the experience of having aspects of their identities under-represented in children's books.

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Q: Do you get to keep the books that are sent or do you have to buy them?Asked by Aisha P., January 2021

OurShelves answered...January 2021

Great question! The price you pay to subscribe includes the price of the books sent to you so you keep the books. In other words, they've been mindfully curated for your age group and when we send them to you, they're all yours! Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thanks for your wonderful support of diverse children's books and your consideration of OurShelves!


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Q: If you are sent a book that you already have do you replace it or give a credit toward the next box? Thanks Asked by Sara E., December 2020

OurShelves answered...December 2020

Sara Elizabeth, thanks for your support of diverse children's books and OurShelves! Would you be willing to reach out to us via the contact form on our web site so we can speak to you directly via email or phone about for which books you may have concern about overlap and then we can let you know some options to avoid book duplication? Thanks so much again for reaching out!


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Q: Can I change the age? For the first order I want to order the 0-2, but for the next order I was 2-5. If I buy a subscription will I be able to change the age? Asked by Chandler H., December 2020

OurShelves answered...December 2020

Chandler, thanks for your support of diverse children's books and interest in OurShelves! Of course we can help with this! You can definitely sign up for a Sunshine (ages 0-2) subscription now, and whenever you're ready to move to Rainbow (ages 2-5) boxes, just reach out to us via the contact form on our web site, and we can upgrade your membership. Please note that Rainbow boxes are priced higher than Sunshine boxes because picture books cost more than board books. So when you upgrade, we would adjust the pricing at that time. Please let us know if you have any other questions at all! Thanks so much again for your wonderful support, Alli and the OurShelves Team


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Q: I am interested in receiving this subscription, but I live in Europe. Will this be a possibility in the future?Asked by Erin S., June 2020

OurShelves answered...June 2020

Yes, this will be an option in the future! We are working on it as we type here. Stay tuned Thank you so much for your interest!

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67 reviews

Diverse Literature for All!

Dec 16, 2020
Amber B.
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Hello fellow Reviewers...I read ALL the reviews I can before I make a purchase, even innocuous ones, so I must pay it forward. You must subscribe to Ourshelves if you want your children to be exposed to literature you may not find in mainstream stores! So far my family has received 3 boxes and we are very satisfied. My 8 month old daughter has now been exposed to LGBTQIA, Native American, and Spanish language books. In addition to that, she is able to see herself in the characters in books we have received. We are Black and we are not often represented in books that fly off the shelf. Ourshelves makes my family and I feel mainstream. Do your family a favor and subscribe to this affordable book subscription service!!!!

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Exceptional!

6 days ago
Arthur W.
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I just want to say well done! I've subscribed to many children's book services and this one is by far the best. You can tell a lot of thought has been put into the selection of books. I am beyond satisfied and I hope that Ourshelves continues to deliver such great messages to our children in the form of insightful and relevant literature.

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OurShelves said...6 days ago

Thank you so much for these very kind words! Yes, we are very grateful for our excellent Curation Team that so thoughtfully reviews the books that are selected for our book boxes. Thank you for partnering with us to ensure all kids and all families have a place on OurShelves!

The only subscription you need!

7 days ago
Tristen S.
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I love that when I look at my daughters growing library, I get a visual that I never had as a little girl. My bookshelf was filled with white princess and animals. Looking at my daughters, I see proper representation. I see stories about multicultural norms, different races, vivid colors and stories about lives that are different than hers. Each box we received was better than the one before. This woman owned company delivers magic every time and you won’t be disappointed!

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OurShelves said...7 days ago

Tristen, thank you for this beautiful way of describing what we, as an OurShelves community, are trying to do as we work to ensure all kids and all families have a place on OurShelves. As the founder, I agree -- we are trying to offer books, and a vision for the world, that I also didn't have as a child. Thank you for your incredibly kind words and for being part of our community!

Highly Recommend

Jul 02, 2021
Hannah M.
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Subscribed for 1 year
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We have been receiving this box for over a year now. The books are incredibly high quality, amazing titles. My son has loved every one! The customer service from this company is also incredible. I cannot recommend OurShelves more highly!

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OurShelves said...Jul 03, 2021

Hannah, thank you so much for sharing these kind words! We're so glad you're loving your OurShelves books and especially that you son is loving them -- that's our highest compliment! We're so grateful that you're part of our community! Thank you for partnering with us to ensure all kids and all families have a place on OurShelves!

OurShelves is amazing!

Jun 27, 2021
Sierra H.
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Subscribed for 3 months
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Alli and Doug are so helpful and kind! Their dedication to their work and to helping their customers is what keeps us coming back. They're doing the kind of work that makes an impact on the world, and they're doing it so well!

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I look forward to every shipment

Jun 18, 2021
Melissa S.
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Subscribed for 3 years
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It makes my day when an OurShelves shipment arrives. The books are awesome because they not only expose my kids to different family structures, ethnicities, races, and religions from their own, but they're also just really good stories. Before bedtime, my older son always asks me to read books OurShelves has sent to us, and he's a tough critic!

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OurShelves said...Jun 19, 2021

Melissa, thank you so much for these kind words capturing what our wonderful OurShelves Curation Team is trying to do with our book selections. We're honored that your oldest son requests our books--that's our highest honor! Thank you for partnering with us to ensure all kids and all families have a place on OurShelves!

So helpful and also good books

Jun 15, 2021
Christie D.
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Subscribed for 1 year
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This service made it easier for me to be a good parent - started conversations I would have otherwise put off or honor out into a context my kid could understand. Plus they’re good books! So thankful for this service and glad to have books like this that I can share with family and friends and my kids school. Can’t wait for the chapter book version!

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Wonderful Books!

May 18, 2021
Lauren W.
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Subscribed for 11 months
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We love this subscription! The books are age appropriate and so unique! Excellent customer service, too.

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OurShelves said...May 19, 2021

Lauren, thank you so much for being such a special part of the OurShelves community! Thank you for partnering with us to ensure all kids and all families have a place on OurShelves!

Kindness, Quality, and Hope

May 18, 2021
Melissa P.
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Subscribed for 12 months
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My children and I receive so much joy from our OurShelves subscription, discovering artists and stories we might not otherwise have found. My children ask to read these titles over and over again. OurShelves has given us hope and connection during a difficult, isolated year. The owners and customer service team provide kind, personal service. They really care about their readers and the artists behind each book, which sets OurShelves apart from other subscription services we've tried. Just phenomenal.

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OurShelves said...May 18, 2021

Melissa, thank you for these incredibly kind words! We love hearing about the joy, hope and connection these books have brought to your family. We also love to hear that your children ask to read the books again and again! Thank you also for your kind words about our team and our mission. We're so grateful to have members like you who join us in working toward a world in which all kids and all families have a place on OurShelves!

Beautiful books, great value

Apr 10, 2021
Madeleine E.
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Subscribed for 6 months
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Outstanding subscription service for children's books. All new titles that our library doesn't have (yet), and nearly every one of them a winner :) Our kid comes back to these books again and again. Very fairly priced, as well. We bought a gift subscription for a friend and we expect we'll buy more soon.

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OurShelves said...Apr 11, 2021

Madeleine, thank you so much for your kind words! We are thrilled to learn your child comes back to your OurShelves books again and again! And thank you so much for sharing our curated books with both your child as well as friends through gifting! Mostly, thank you for partnering with us to ensure all kids and all families have a place on OurShelves!

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Past boxes from OurShelves

Past OurShelves Box

Past OurShelves Box

This box is full of fun -- and diverse characters and families! Here are three examples of the books you may receive with this fall box. These books center imagination, wonder, joy, and playfulness -- and LGBTQ+, racially and ethnically diverse, and feminist characters and families, among other under-represented identities in today's children's books. Enjoy!

Past OurShelves Box

Past OurShelves Box

This box illustrates the fun and joy you'll have with OurShelves books, all the while affirming the beautiful diversity of the world around us. The books shown here feature LGBTQ+, racially and ethnically diverse, and feminist characters and families, among other under-represented identities in children's books. Enjoy!

Past OurShelves Box

Past OurShelves Box

This is a picture of Chance, one of our newest members, and the three board books he received with his winter Sunshine (ages 0-2) book box!

Past Box

Past Box

This box illustrates the fun and joy you'll have with OurShelves books, all the while affirming the beautiful diversity of the world around us. The books shown here feature LGBTQ+, racially and ethnically diverse, and feminist characters and families, among other under-represented identities in children's books. Enjoy!

Fall 2020 Book Box Samples

Fall 2020 Book Box Samples

This box illustrates the fun and joy you'll have with OurShelves books, all the while affirming the beautiful diversity of the world around us. The books shown here feature LGBTQ+, racially and ethnically diverse, and feminist characters and families, among other under-represented identities in children's books. Which books actually end up in your box depend on your child's age and available stock. Enjoy!

Winter 2020-21 Book Box Samples

Winter 2020-21 Book Box Samples

Check out the fun and joy you'll have with OurShelves books, all the while affirming the beautiful diversity of the world around us. OurShelves books feature racially and ethnically diverse, LGBTQ+, and feminist characters and families, among other under-represented identities in children's books. Which books end up in your box depend on your child's age and available stock. Email info@OurShelve if you want to ensure one or more of these books come in your next box!

Spring 2021 Book Box Samples

Spring 2021 Book Box Samples

Check out the fun and joy you'll have with OurShelves books, all the while affirming the beautiful diversity of the world around us. OurShelves books feature racially and ethnically diverse, LGBTQ+, and feminist characters and families, among other under-represented identities in children's books. Which books end up in your box depend on your child's age and available stock. Email info@OurShelve if you want to ensure one or more of these books come in your next box!

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