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One of the greatest joys of parenthood is reading with your little ones. Whether it’s going through a story with only a few words (all consisting of animal noises) or watching your budding reader start to put sentences together, fond memories are sure to come from quality time spent with books. Reading—at all ages—is magical as it takes the reader on adventures through time, on journeys to faraway lands, and fosters connections with characters who teach them valuable lessons.
As parents, one thing we can do to foster our children’s love and appreciation for reading is to give them their own reading corner to get lost in a book. Whether it’s a space in their bedroom, a closet they can escape to, or a special chair in the living room, creating a “reading nook” for your little one will surely bring them joy and help them remember just special books really are.
How to create a cozy and practical kids reading nook
1. Pick a reading corner
The corner of a child’s room, playroom or living room are all ideal places to start!
2. Choose your seating
An important step in encouraging your little ones to get lost in books for hours is to give them a comfortable place to do so. Whether it’s a nugget couch, a big fluffy beanbag chair, or a simple pillow on the floor, what matters is that their reading area is comfy and inviting (and books are close by of course!)
3. Consider your storage
Next, you’ll need to find a place to store and display all the books! We love shelves that allow the books to face outward so that kids can easily identify and grab the book they want next.
4. Make it unique + cozy
Now for the (really) fun part: Making your child’s nook personal and cozy. Tents are never a bad idea in this endeavor and they make kids feel as though they have their own little hideaway for quiet time.
5. Light the way
Protect little eyes by ensuring there is a good source of light, either from a window (making sure they are secured so they can’t climb out), or a light fixture that casts the perfect glow on the pages.
6. Fill it with books!
This is the best part! Books and reading = memories and love. Fill your child’s reading nook with Montessori Busy Books, books about space, books about coding, or books about inspiring women in honor of Women’s History Month. Whatever they’re interested in, whatever ability level they are reading at, whatever you know they’ll love to sit and read, fill up those shelves and watch them embrace the joy of reading.
A version of this article was published October 22, 2021. It has been updated.