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High-Quality Diverse Children's Books Delivered to your Door

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  • Our boxes ship quarterly -- our winter boxes in December, our spring boxes in March, our summer boxes in June and our fall boxes in September. Please contact us with further questions.
  • Only ships within United States
  • Subscriptions automatically renew. Cancel anytime
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. Three-book and five-book boxes include a special activity idea to keep the fun and conversation going. Watch with joy and pride as the special little ones in your world receive these beautiful books once every three months.
  • Books that ignite imagination, wonder and the giggles too
  • Books that proudly feature feminist, racially and ethnically diverse, and LGBTQ+ characters and families, among other under-represented identities in children's books
  • Curation Team that chooses books includes expertise from librarians, teachers, academics, psychologists and parents, as well as those with lived expertise in raising children who are under-represented 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

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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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Q: For the 5-8 year old box. Is it a one time fee of $50 for 3 books over 3 months? Or is it $50 per month for 3 months to get 3 books each month?Asked by Molly J., March 2020

OurShelves answered...June 2020

Great question! The fee is for one box every three months that includes three books in each box if you choose the three-book box. Thanks for asking, and thanks for your interest in OurShelves.


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Q: How much is shipping for these boxes? Looking into doing the box with 3 books and I assumed shipping was included but there's a line item in checkout. Asked by Erin M., February 2020

Hi there, thanks for raising this issue! Yes, we offer free shipping so you should not pay any additional costs for shipping. Please reach out so we can solve this issue immediately. (This platform doesn't allow us to include our email address, but you'll find it on our web site.) Thanks for your interest and your commitment to ensuring ALL kids and ALL families have a place on OurShelves!

by Ourshelves, March 2020

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High Quality Books and Skilled Curation

5 days ago
Sarah O.
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Sometimes books that focus on representation lose a little in dimension and writing style (Anyone else remember the super dry mental health/counseling affirmation books or the "all these different kids" books that still didn't have queer kids in them?). The books curated for us were interesting, multidimensional, and we saw our family and community members reflected in them. "When Aidan Became A Brother" was the first book I have read featuring a trans kid and the story was not 100% about transitioning. It gives context and then moves on to Aidan becoming a big brother, and his complex emotions about it. Our other books were also well written and interesting. Absolutely recommend. Good quality, and truly thoughtful curation.

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OurShelves said...4 days ago

Thank you, Sarah, for this review. Our Curation Team -- sharing their expertise from academia, psychology, the library, the classroom, early childhood development, early childhood development of bias, and 100% of whom have the lived experience of seeking more, higher quality and "multi-dimensional" (as you say) representation of themselves, their children and others in kids' books -- works very hard at curating our books. Thank you for affirming this work. The Curation Team, and all of us, are also deeply committed to advocating for the many diverse children's books of the quality you describe that do not yet exist, but are greatly needed. We're grateful that you're part of our community as we prove to publishers the significant audience for these books so that they...

Delighted granddaughter

Jul 16, 2020
Forbes J.
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Subscribed for 6 days
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The box were so wonderful. My granddaughter loves them and reads them every night. They are beautifully written and illustrated and she enjoys seeing pictures of familiar faces. Great customer service and emails were answered promptly. Keep up the great work. Again, thanks

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OurShelves said...Jul 17, 2020

Jeanne, thanks so much for taking the time to share how you're finding your OurShelves books and broader OurShelves experience. We're so glad to hear your grand-daughter is loving your OurShelves books and reading them regularly! Quality of text and illustrations/photography is very important to our Curation Team so I'm glad you're enjoying the quality of the books we choose for our boxes. Thanks again for being part of our community -- and most importantly for your commitment to ensuring all kids and all families have a place on OurShelves!

Delighted customer

Jun 10, 2020
Alison D.
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Subscribed for 14 days
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We could not be more thrilled with this subscription. Customer service responded to us right away : we have kids aged 1-9 in our house and they quickly built us a custom box with books for all three age groups. Our first box included a bilingual book, several books featuring main characters who are black or children of color, a book featuring a LGTB family and a board book about PRIDE. Our kids LOVED the books and wanted to read them over and over. They are already asking when the next box will arrive. We wish there was a monthly option : we would sign up right away !

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OurShelves said...Jun 10, 2020

We are so thrilled that you and your children loved our book selections! We also love to hear that you'd like to receive our boxes even more frequently -- an option we are considering offering in the future! Thanks for being such a special member of the OurShelves community committed to ensuring ALL kids and ALL families have a place on OurShelves!

Stories that celebrate all identities!

Jun 05, 2020
Murray J.
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Subscribed for 4 months
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The books we have received from OurShelves have become some of my toddler's favorites, and some of my favorites too. It is so important that all children see characters from a diversity of backgrounds and identities in their books, and OurShelves is a powerful tool for making that happen. The books they send increase representation of underrepresented and oppressed groups, fight stereotypes of oppressed groups, and celebrate identities that are so often portrayed negatively by the media and our nation's dominant narrative. An OurShelves subscription is one small thing parents can do to help raise anti-racist kids who are ready to fight oppressions of all kinds.

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OurShelves said...Jun 06, 2020

Murray, thank you so much for these wonderful words! We are so glad that our books support the values you're cultivating with your toddler -- and that they're some of your toddler's favorites! We are so grateful that you're a member of the OurShelves community -- both receiving our books and being counted as we prove to publishers the large audience seeking these books! Thank you again for your support!

Fantastic children's book subscription

May 13, 2020
Amaru D.
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Subscribed for 5 months
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If you have a kiddo in your life, please consider gifting them an OurShelves book subscription. 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. The curation team is majority people of color and majority LGBTQ+ and they prioritize #OwnVoices stories (meaning stories that center characters with identities that the author/illustrator also share) when possible.
#recommendation #representationmatters #childrensliterature

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OurShelves said...May 13, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful feedback! We're glad that you and your son are enjoying our books as much as we love them. Thank you for also mentioning our Curation Team who thoughtfully review our books -- they are a very special group and bring both professional and personal expertise and experience to the curation process. Mostly, thanks to you for being such a special Founding Member of OurShelves -- we're so glad you're part of our community and partnering with us to pursue our vision of ALL kids and ALL families having a place on OurShelves!

So GREAT!

Apr 29, 2020
Michelle T.
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Subscribed for 9 days
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I've encouraged all my friends to order a subscription -- I love the dual mission, and the quality of the books is great!

We just got our first box of 3 yesterday, and our 6-year-old triplets were so excited to read! I always felt like I had to work too hard to FIND books like this -- showcasing the diversity of human experience -- and now someone is doing the work for me...one thing off my plate!

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OurShelves said...Apr 30, 2020

Thank you so much for these kind words about our dual mission and our book selections! We know how hard it can be to find high-quality children's books centering diverse characters. In fact, that's why we are here -- to share the expertise of our Curation Team with all of the incredibly busy grown-ups out there who are committed to cultivating inclusive values with the special children in their world. We want to make it easier to find these books. In turn, these books' sales will grow, which will encourage publishers to produce more and more of them. Thank you for your incredible support and being part of the OurShelves community!

Love these books!

Apr 21, 2020
Lily G.
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Subscribed for 1 year
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Our family has been loving OurShelves book boxes! The selected books have been fun, engaging stories with diverse characters that have helped broaden my children's understanding of the world they live in and all the beautiful people and families that we share it with. I also love that OurShelves is working to make diverse books more accessible with their dual mission of working with publishing companies to advocate for these stories to be put out into the world. Thank you for all of your hard work!

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OurShelves said...Apr 21, 2020

Lily and Owen, we are so excited that you are loving your OurShelves books as much as we do! We also love that you appreciate -- and partner with us in -- our advocacy mission to advocate for the many more diverse kids' books still needed! Thanks again for being such special members of the OurShelves community!

OurShelves

Mar 27, 2020
Larissa F.
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Subscribed for 3 months
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OurShelves is AMAZING! I love that they are really making more diverse books available for kiddos. My son and I are SO excited whenever the package comes in the mail. The books they chose will really open his eyes to the world and influence his learning. The books are also really entertaining! He LOVES reading them and always requests them:). Keep up the FABULOUS work and we can't wait for our next arrival!

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OurShelves said...Apr 21, 2020

Thank you so much for this fabulous review! We are so happy that you and your son are loving our books as much we do! We try to find the books that are both highly engaging and entertaining and that also center traditionally under-represented characters and families. So we love hearing that our community -- especially the children in our community -- love to read them again and again! Thanks for your wonderful support -- it means so much to us!

Favorite Books!

Mar 10, 2020
Cedar B.
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Subscribed for 2 months
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I love OurShelves! The books they send have fun, creative, loving, and inclusive stories. I appreciate the how strong and diverse the characters are. I believe these books will play a vital role in helping my child to feel fully free and loved in being herself - whomever that may turn out to be, and to support others in doing the same.

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OurShelves said...Mar 10, 2020

Thank you so much for these kind words and being such a special part of our OurShelves community committed to ensuring ALL kids and ALL families have a place on OurShelves!

Happy Three Year Old!

Jul 03, 2020
Emily C.
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My three year old loves her diverse book boxes! They are consistently her favorite books and the ones that she goes for in her bookshelf. It's been so great to take the pressure off of me to research at length and find diverse books (I still do this, but not with such urgency!) We look forward to our books arriving regularly every few months. I can't say enough about OurShelves. If you're thinking about purchasing a subscription I'd highly recommend it!

OurShelves said...Jul 03, 2020

Thank you so much, Emily, for these kind words! We're so glad to hear that OurShelves is valuable to both you and your three-year-old! We aim to send books that children love -- so they enjoy reading them, and we aim to support grown-ups (parents, teachers, librarians, healthcare providers, religious institutions) in making it easier to find these excellent books! And hopefully together, at the same time, we'll prove to publishers the incredible demand for these books so they perceive opportunity, rather than risk, in creating the many more still needed. Thanks again for your commitment to ensuring all kids and all families have a place on OurShelves! We're thrilled that you're part of our community!

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