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Book Nooks


A book nook is any inviting place for your children to read, away from the hustle and bustle of the household.
  • Reading Is Fundamental
  • Reading
    • 1-2
    • 3-5
    • 6-8
    • 9-12
    • teen
  • Minimal
  • Indoor
  • Bed, Play

Your home may already offer some built-in book nooks: a window seat, a loft, attic dormer, or hearth.

A few pillows and a good reading light are all the furnishings you need. But if the architecture does not lend itself to cozy corners, you may want to improvise. For example, how about setting up a campground in your children's room? Drape a sheet or a blanket over a card table or some chairs for a tent. You can also buy a pop-up tent that is attached to a fitted bed sheet, or put up a real tent that does not require staking. Inside the tent go a few cushions, a sleeping bag, a battery operated light, and maybe a book or two inspired by the setting, like Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe or The Legend of Bluebonnet. When your kids are not camped out with a good book, the tent makes a great place for creative play or time alone. A large appliance box makes a nifty room-within-a-room. Cut off the top and line the bottom with a carpet scrap and some old pillows.

Your children may consider this their cabin, cave or reading room. Here's another unusual environment you or your children can set up in a jiffy: Create a jungle or woods with a circle or large houseplants. What better place to read animal and nature stories? If your home already feels like a campground or a jungle, head for the one room with guaranteed privacy-- the bathroom. There you can convert the bathtub into a temporary nook. Just load it up with pillows and let a child or two "test the waters" with magazine or book. While a comfortable chair will often do, a special place that inspires the imagination may also inspire your children to settle in for a good long read.

Book Nooks