21 incredible reading nook ideas for book lovers

Be inspired by the cutest, tiniest corners.

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As a mama, we want to instill a love for books for our kids. Reading books has great benefits—expanding their range of vocabulary and helping them to become smarter. But maintaining that love, in the age of technology, where screens instantly catch kiddo's attention, can be a challenge.

The easiest place to start a love of reading is right in the comfort of your own home. That's why having a reading nook is essential. Their playtime (and mama quiet time) can both take flight in a tiny corner of the house for some comfy, cozy, reading time.

You know that tiny spot under your stairs that only fits pillows, or that area in the corner of your mudroom that piles up with toys? Transform those areas into functioning reader corners.

And even if you aren't a reading family, don't stress it. Reading nooks are still a great place to just chill and unwind.

We found the most incredible reading nooks—they can be everyone's favorite spot in the house:

1. Just swingin' around


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2. Happy place


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3. Green thumb reader


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4. The collection nook


Image: @avi.reads

5. A corner of your own


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6. Read + chill


Image: @tinyhomelearning

7. The floor seat lounge


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8. Baby blue nook

@madewithmichelle @bluerockutah

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9. The glam nook


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10. The teepee fort


11. Pretty in pink


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12. Keep it cozy


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13. That 70’s nook


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14. The window seat


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15. Modern corner


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16. Sunshine


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17. The best spot in the house


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18. In it together


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19. Kiddie corner

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Image: @rui_myhome

20. Keeping it gray


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21. The Mom Cave


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Once you've settled into a reading nook, try reading these cool books to yourself and your little one:

'The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama: Redefining the Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Journey'

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama

Celebrate your transition to becoming mama with this book created by the experts at Motherly.


 'Off to the Park' board book by Child's Play

Child's Play 'Off to the Park' board book

High contrast images and rhyming text make this the perfect book for little ones.


'Om the Otter' by Articulation books

Om the Otter

Om the Otter teaches kids to slow down, take their time and enjoy the ride.


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Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


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