What do infants, teachers, librarians, and inmate fathers have in common? They all benefit from Motheread training and curriculum. One reason they benefit is because we all know that regardless of their ages or circumstances, instruction must be relevant to their lives. From the start, we have taught students while respecting and adapting to what they teach us. Our students are diverse, each bringing unique strengths and challenges to our classes. Participants in our classes include parents and expectant parents, English language learners, aspiring citizens, Basic Skill students, those with developmental disabilities, families at risk for domestic violence, incarcerated men and women, and childcare teachers.