Besides a kind heart and a love for Jesus, an admiration of books and reading is the number one thing I could hope to instill in my children. Reading opens up a whole amazing world of imagination that television and the Internet can not. I was an early reader and an avid reader. It helped me to excel in school early on and allowed me to establish confidence in myself.
It is well known that reading to your children when they’re young sets a foundation for them to enjoy books later on. Another thing you can do to encourage reading is setting up a special spot in your home for you child to read.
Often times called a ‘reading nook’, this special place can give your child an area to relax and immerse themselves in a good book.
I am hoping to implement a reading nook in my Ivy’s room very soon. I found a lot of beautiful examples on Pinterest. So, here are my favorite ones. You can find even more and see the sources for the photos below on my Pinterest board here.
Don’t forget to check out my Pinterest board for more ideas!
So how can you create a reading nook for your child? I have a few tips!
Define the space
This can be done a number of ways. As some of the photos above depict, you can use a tipi or canopy of sorts to make the nook separate from the rest of the room. If you don’t want to buy or make a canopy or tipi, you could use a curtain and rod. Another idea I had was to paint the designated wall or corner a different color than the rest of the room. Ivy’s room is white and I’m planning on leaving that way, but wouldn’t it be cute to paint one corner a fun color? I’m sure she’d even have some idea of what color she’d like. Which leads me to the next tip.
Allow your child to help
Even the youngest little ones like to have a say about their surroundings. If you let your kiddo pick out pillows to use or a paint color to use, he or she will take ownership of the space, and in turn enjoy it more. A sense of ownership may even inspire your child to help keep the space tidy. We can dream right? Really though, let your child have a say in where the nook will be, how to it is decorated, ect to ensure they’re gaining a space they will use. Your child may even do this on their own. I remembering camping out in my closet to read when I was a kid. It was my own little space away from the rest of the world. Oh, and it was comfortable.
Comfy and accessible
Add pillows, reuse that crib mattress, give them a cozy blanket. Make sure the nook is a place they can comfortably kick back. You want them to stay awhile, right?! Also, the books should be where the child can reach. This will come naturally if your child is helping you set it up; but an adult designed space may have tall bookcases or high shelves. Watch out for this, and allow the space to invite your child in.
I wish I could claim this idea as my own, but either way it is GENIUS. You can mount white vinyl rain gutters from Home Depot to act as book shelves. Here’s a photo from Beth from Sunshine on the Inside so you can see what I mean.
Does your child have a reading nook? I’d love to hear about it! Or even better, snap a pic for instagram and tag it #smithfamilyrenovations. If this post has inspired you to get to work on one, I’d love to see your finished result on Instagram too, #smithfamilyrenovations.
Thanks for reading friends!