15 Things to Create a Kid-Ready Reading Nook
Give your little ones a space designed just for getting lost in a book — to step through the looking glass or fly off to Neverland. See our favorite buys for creating a book lover's getaway.
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Photo By: Mark Burstyn
Go Ahead, Get Cozy
A new twist on an old favorite, this triangle-shaped bean bag chair is a comfy and essential addition to your child's reading nook. Give her a spot to really sink in and enjoy her newest pick from the library. The cushy seat is available in pink, blue or taupe.
Buy It: Crate&Barrel, $99
A Space to Sink Their Toes In
Start from the ground up to create the ultimate cozy factor. This flokati shag rug is made from 100-percent New Zealand wool and sets the scene for a cloud-like atmosphere where kiddos will be whisked away to the Hundred Acre Woods or Green Gables.
Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $49 and up
Keep Clutter at Bay
As with any kids' space, there is never enough storage. Never. Grab a few baskets or bins, like these adorably appliqued boxes, to stow away extra books that won't fit on the shelves, cuddly stuffed animals or art supplies for when inspiration strikes.
Buy It: The Container Store, $24.99
Every reader just wants to cuddle up with a good book. This striped throw is ethically made in collaboration with artisans in Mexico and ready to be used as an invisibility cloak to take your kiddo through the moving staircases of Hogwarts.
Buy It: Kaufmann Mercantile, $135
Add a Little Twinkle
Bring a magical touch to their reading spot with fairy lights. These tiny LED lights on a copper wire are easy to string along shelves or wrap around window frames to create an enchanted experience.
Buy It: ModCloth, $25
This Little Light of Mine
The only thing about being surrounded by twinkle lights is they don't have quite enough power for reading. Have a couple book lights handy for when they want to turn the rest of the lights down low and step through the charmed wardrobe to Narnia.
Buy It: Amazon, $9.99
Write This Down
When inspiration strikes, a blank piece of paper is the best thing to have on hand. Your littlest ones may want to color and draw pictures of what you're reading aloud to them, while your older kids may use it to write down their favorite quotes or ideas they have for their own stories. As their brains fill up with words and pictures, give them a place to do their own creating.
Buy It: Minted, $16
Of course, no reading space is complete without a bookshelf. This open bookcase can be placed against the wall or play double duty as a room divider to create a smaller nook in a bedroom or playroom. No matter how you use it, be sure to anchor the shelf to the wall so your little monkeys won't topple it over.
Buy It: CB2, $549
Outfit their reading haven with this curved wooden desk, which is the ideal spot to set their book, do some homework or unleash their artistic skills. Bonus points for its grow-with-them capability to be used as a lap desk when they get older.
Buy It: Magic Cabin, $59.98
The Better to See You With
Fill their space with personal touches, like this magnifying glass. Made from lightweight beechwood, the glass offers three times magnification so your kids can take a closer look at their favorite illustrations. And maybe discover something they never have before.
Buy It: Terrain, $18
Mark Their Place
Magnets are the best thing to happen to bookmarks since, well, ever. Your kids will never lose their place, and there are tons of magnetic bookmarks to choose from. Of course, we're a little partial to this set of wizarding professors.
Buy It: paperlyandco at Etsy, $11
On the Road Again
Zoo animals tucked into an old VW van for a road trip? Yep, this is exactly the kind of imagination you want to infuse your kid's reading area with. Add playful delight with fun pillows your kids can lounge on and jump all over.
Buy It: Society6, $29.99 and up
Keep books in line and add a little quirkiness to their shelves with fun bookends. This oversized felted strawberry with charming beaded seeds is a sweet (and functional) accessory.
Buy It: Anthropologie, $68
Decorate With Books
Even if you have a large bookshelf or if you're working with a smaller space, wall-mounted shelves are always a smart addition to any reading nook. Not only do they provide extra storage, but they're the perfect way to display beautiful book covers and your kids' favorite titles.
Buy It: Pottery Barn Kids, $69 and up
Bring a rainbow of hues and textures to a wall, shelf or window with this tasseled garland. Easy peasy kid-friendly decor.
Buy It: Crate&Barrel, $25