Creating a cozy, welcoming reading nook for your kids is a great way to encourage reading for pleasure every day. Here are 3 must-haves for a great reading nook for kids of all ages plus reading nook ideas for boys & girls.
There’s nothing like curling up with a good book and being taken away to exotic far-off lands, other worlds and daring adventures. Reading helps children develop a better vocabulary, improve their knowledge and understanding of the world, and ultimately perform better in a school setting. Some studies have even shown that daily reading can be a better predictor of a child’s success in school than their economic background.
There are many ways you can foster your child’s love of reading. From an early age, you can read aloud to your child or simply describe pictures in a book. You can also make sure that your kids have access to books, whether at home or at their local library. You can also lead by example, showing your kids that reading is an enjoyable pastime that’s important no matter your age.
One great way to encourage your kids to read daily is to create a cozy, quiet space they can use just for reading. Start by setting up a small, inviting reading nook in your home and make time for your kids during the day so they can use it.
The perfect reading space can be as simple or as elaborate as you and your kids like, but there are a few basic things it must have.
1. Quiet & Well Lit
Start by finding the right space in your home to create your reading nook. You want to make sure that it’s quiet and somewhat secluded from the hustle and bustle of the house. The child’s bedroom or playroom is typically a good spot, but you might find other hidden spaces in your home that could be great spots of reading.
Remember, you don’t need a lot of space; in fact the more cozy the space the better. Many wonderfully creating reading nooks for kids are in converted closets, unused spaces under the stairs, teepees, tents and hanging canopies, and small corners of rooms.
One thing to pay attention to though is to make sure that the space has plenty of light. Natural light is best, so a spot by any window is always great. But you can also get creative with lighting and make it part of your reading nook decor.
2. Super Soft & Extra Comfy
You want your kiddos to snuggle in with a good book, relax and get lost in reading. The best way to do that is to make sure their space is comfortable and cozy for long periods of time.
You really don’t need much. A couple of pillows, a soft blanket and a bean bag chair or a backrest cushion should do the trick. You probably already have most (if not all) of these things around the house already. All you have to do now is to simply carve out a space in your home to put them all together.
Of course, you can get creative and hang a swing or hammock chair from the ceiling, create a comfy window seat, or layer on furry rugs, floor cushions, comfy poufs, and lots and lots of pillows to make the space as comfortable as possible.
3. Fun & Inviting
Adding a fun and unique element to your reading nook will make your kids want to spend time in this space. Hang some twinkling lights from the ceiling. Add a picture, a sign or other wall decor your kids might like. Add a small table where they can put their drinks and snacks down.
If you want to make the reading nook more special, consider adding a personalized touch, like a custom throw pillow, blanket or wall art with their name, favorite colors, designs and more.
And don’t forget about the most important part — the books! In addition to functional book storage you can create a fun book display so kids can see the book covers. You can hang narrow book shelves or even picture ledges to display the books. Or simply make the books stand up on a book shelf and change out the collection periodically.
BONUS: Go The Extra Mile
If you really want to wow your kids, build a reading nook in an unexpected space, like an old armoire, a tree house or a boat. Add some wonder and whimsy to your design, make it special, make it magical.
But remember, all your child really needs is books and a comfy, quiet, well lit spot for reading.
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