How to Create a Special Place to Read with Your Kids

Do you have a favorite place to read? The Internet is full of amazing reading nooks and dream libraries. I find myself getting lost in the pictures dreaming of spending a day there. When it comes to getting kids excited about reading, you want to ensure that they have a great area that they can call their own. While we may wish for fantastic libraries that aren’t meant to be (I realize now I will never have the library from Beauty and the Beast), there are lots of ways that you can carve out a small area in your home and make it the perfect place to read. Today’s book takes a fun look at what a perfect reading area needs.

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A Place to Read was written and illustrated by Leigh Hodgkinson. It is a is a fun book about finding just the right place to enjoy your book. The story follows a little boy as he searches for the very best reading spot. The rhyming text is full of fun sounds and comparisons, and the illustrations are vivid and colorful. Kids will enjoy the silly places that the main character tries to find his reading spot, while parents will appreciate the beautiful sentiment at the end of the story.

There are lots of ways to use this story to have fun creating the perfect reading spot in your home.

Creating a Reading Area  – To encourage kids to dive into reading, create a dedicated reading space in your home. Fill it with bookshelves packed with fun and colorful books. Add comfortable seating, pillows, blankets, and good lighting. Use fabric to create a fort-like reading nook. Be creative and let your kids take part in designing the space. Use a theme to drive your decorating. Add quotes and illustrations to the walls. Let the creativity and personalities of your children guide you.

Decorate with your favorite books

Make Book Art – I have a rambunctious toddler who loves to read. We are working on book handling skills, and she does pretty well with it. However, there are some books that just can’t withstand the love that she gives them. Dust jackets never last very long in our house. Instead of leaving them on the books to be destroyed, I used the dust jackets from some of our favorite books to create some themed art for our reading corner walls.

To create this wall art, I gathered our dust jackets and measured them against stretched canvas frames of different sizes. You could also frame the dust jackets, but I liked that when I wrapped them, they looked like books hanging on the wall.

Stretch the dust jacket out and center the cover over the front of the canvas. Pull it tight and staple the inside flap from the front cover to the back of the canvas. (I used a staple gun like this one, and it made it so easy!).  Stretch the rest of the jacket tightly around the back and fold the back cover and it’s inside flap together.

Staple through both to attach to the canvas. I attached it to the wall by poking holes in the back and hanging it on nails I hammered into the wall. They are light enough that you could also use picture hanging strips.

A special place filled with things they love

A reading corner should be a place that inspires kids to want to read, as well as an area that is full of things they love. Since my daughter loves all things Disney (she definitely gets that from me!), I filled her reading corner with familiar characters.

When designing your reading corner, consider what things your child loves most. Since reading aloud can help kids with fluency and build their confidence, having lots of stuffed animal friends in their corner gives them “reading buddies” that they can read to.  

Building Your Own Corner

Do they have a favorite character, or a favorite hobby? There are tons of wonderful companies that offer furniture and accessories for all kinds of themes. Here are some great products to inspire you!

Bookshelves

Your books need a place to stay! Choose something easy to use so that kids are likely to actually put the books back. There are a lot of fun bookshelves in different shapes and themes, so you are sure to find something to suit your child’s interests!

Comfy Seating

Fill your reading corner with comfy seating so you can snuggle up together to share your favorite stories.

 

Fun Decor

Fill your reading corner with fun decorations, stuffed animal “reading buddies”, cozy blankets and more.

Having a dedicated reading space can really encourage you to take time out of your day to enjoy a good book. There are lots of ways to create a special reading corner in your home with fun products, or with things you already have around the house. Be creative and make it a space that your kids can call their own.

75 Comments

  • Caroline

    September 21, 2017 at 7:27 am Reply

    I’ve got two young boys so there are lots of wonderful ideas in this post! My favourite place to read to them is snuggled up in bed.

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 12:23 pm Reply

      Snuggled up together is the best way to read! This book shares that same message!

  • Lauren | also known as mama

    September 21, 2017 at 7:55 am Reply

    I just love this! We also use Ikea spice racks as book shelves in our kids’ rooms. 🙂

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 12:24 pm Reply

      I love that! We don’t have an IKEA nearby, but I hope to get some next time we are there!

  • Brittany K

    September 21, 2017 at 7:57 am Reply

    What an adorable idea! I’ll have to do this when we renovate our attic playroom!

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 12:24 pm Reply

      Thanks! I hope you have fun creating the perfect space!

  • Bridget

    September 21, 2017 at 7:58 am Reply

    The dust jacket art is an AWESOME idea! I love that I can take something we already have and love and repurpose it as art😊

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 12:25 pm Reply

      Thank you! That was my goal! I never wanted to throw the dust jackets away, but I wanted to use them since we love the books so much!

  • Eryn

    September 21, 2017 at 8:15 am Reply

    What a perfect idea! I’ve always wondered what to do with the dust jackets because you can’t leave them on the books, the kids will destroy them, but I feel guilty throwing them away. But to make them art, how smart! And the cozy kids reading chairs are so fun. Christmas is coming! Might have to grab one!

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 12:25 pm Reply

      Thank you! I could never bring myself to throw them away, although I’m not sure why! I love having a use for them!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    September 21, 2017 at 9:02 am Reply

    That is such a great idea! Perfect for making reading time so much more special and inviting!

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 12:26 pm Reply

      I love having a special place for us to share books!

  • Ophira

    September 21, 2017 at 9:11 am Reply

    This is such a cool idea for wall art! Now I feel bad about throwing way the covers 🙁 But I am definitely trying this DIY. Too cute not to😬 And creating such a corner for kids really helps get them
    Excited about reading we saw a difference in our sons enthusiasm about books when we created a reading book for him. Lovely post, thankyou for the diy idea!

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 12:27 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope you have fun creating them! I hate throwing the covers away, but it felt weird to keep them without a purpose!

  • Morgan Harvey

    September 21, 2017 at 9:32 am Reply

    Im so copying your book canvas idea!!! Great article.

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 12:27 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope you love them! They were so easy!

  • Jenn

    September 21, 2017 at 9:48 am Reply

    I really like that idea of the book art. Really makes the room fun and happy! Whatever we can do to encourage reading is great.

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply

      Thank you! I agree about encouraging reading any way you can!

  • Virjinia Harp

    September 21, 2017 at 9:54 am Reply

    Reusing the jackets is so neat! I never would have thought to re purpose them.

    With Purpose and Kindness

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hate throwing them away, so I really wanted to find some way to use them!

  • Noelle

    September 21, 2017 at 9:59 am Reply

    So sweet! Great idea!

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries

    September 21, 2017 at 1:21 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness, I love this idea! It’s so clever to wrap them around so they looks like real books! 🙂

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 1:35 pm Reply

      Thank you! I was so happy they turned out!

  • Amy

    September 21, 2017 at 1:46 pm Reply

    I love book nooks! We are moving to a new house in a month and that is one area that I’m so excited to create. A special reading nook is the best place to enjoy a book!

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 8:37 pm Reply

      That’s so exciting! I agree it makes reading even more fun!

  • Chandelene

    September 21, 2017 at 3:04 pm Reply

    Great post!! I love reading and books – I really do hope that my children will share my passion!

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 8:37 pm Reply

      Thanks! I’m so glad my daughter is already showing a passion for reading!

  • Sarah

    September 21, 2017 at 3:30 pm Reply

    I love the decorate with your favorite book!! What an amazing idea! Will for sure have to try that

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 8:39 pm Reply

      Thank you! I’m so glad they turned out! I hope you have fun with them!

  • Ana

    September 21, 2017 at 4:47 pm Reply

    I love the wall decor idea! I am definitely going to do this!!!

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 8:40 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope you do!

  • Emily

    September 21, 2017 at 9:48 pm Reply

    This is such a sweet idea and so cozy! My kids would absolutely love this!

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 11:08 pm Reply

      My daughter loves sitting in it and reading together!

  • SHANIKA GRAHAM-WHITE

    September 21, 2017 at 9:58 pm Reply

    I love this post! Such great ideas! I definitely would do this for my little guy! I believe that setting the mood is super important too! 🙂

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 11:08 pm Reply

      Thank you! Having a cozy corner to read in can make the experience more fun!

  • Samantha Kuzyk-Raising Twincesses

    September 21, 2017 at 10:51 pm Reply

    LOVE the idea of using the covers as wall art-genius!!!!

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 11:09 pm Reply

      Thank you! I’m so glad they turned out well!

  • Jennifer

    September 22, 2017 at 12:14 am Reply

    Great ideas !!!

  • Mary Ware

    September 22, 2017 at 7:23 am Reply

    Oh I love how you did the canvases with the book jackets! What a neat idea. I’m definitely pinning this for inspiration when I do our reading nook in the playroom!

    • Vicki

      September 22, 2017 at 2:21 pm Reply

      Thank you! I’m so glad they turned out! I hope you have fun decorating your reading nook!

  • elizabeth hurt

    September 22, 2017 at 9:27 am Reply

    As always, you are so full of great ideas! I love love love the canvas on the wall idea with the book covers! My kids would get a kick out of that and what a great project to do together! Thanks so much for the idea!

    • Vicki

      September 22, 2017 at 2:22 pm Reply

      Thank you! I was so excited they turned out, and my daughter was so excited to see some of her favorite books on the wall!

  • Nicole Raithel

    September 22, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply

    This space is so adorable and welcoming! Great ideas!

    • Vicki

      September 22, 2017 at 2:22 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Theresa | Bridesmaids Confession

    September 22, 2017 at 12:58 pm Reply

    OMGosh I can’t get over how adorable those book covered canvas sets are that you made! I think making reading fun at an early age is the best thing you can do to instill life long reading.

    • Vicki

      September 22, 2017 at 2:23 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope that I can encourage my daughter to keep her love of reading as she grows!

  • Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor

    September 22, 2017 at 1:23 pm Reply

    Super cute!! When we moved to our new home, one of the first things I did in my daughters’ playroom was create a reading corner.

    • Vicki

      September 22, 2017 at 2:23 pm Reply

      It’s so much fun to create a great reading space!

  • Diana

    September 22, 2017 at 2:11 pm Reply

    I love the idea of using the jackets as wall art! That reading nook looks super cozy too!

    • Vicki

      September 22, 2017 at 2:23 pm Reply

      Thank you! She loves reading in it!

  • Margaret Westhoff

    September 22, 2017 at 2:55 pm Reply

    I love your idea of creating book art! Might just have to create some book art for my son’s room. These are great ideas. Cannot wait until my kids are older and can read books without having to be constantly supervised to make sure they aren’t eating the books or ripping pages.

    • Vicki

      September 22, 2017 at 8:40 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope you have fun making them! I still have to watch my daughter for page ripping sometimes.

  • Courtney Byers

    September 22, 2017 at 6:22 pm Reply

    This is such a great idea! Reading is so important for kids

    • Vicki

      September 22, 2017 at 8:41 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Melissa @ Disco Bumblebee

    September 22, 2017 at 6:41 pm Reply

    I love the idea of putting book covers on canvas like that! So cute!

    • Vicki

      September 22, 2017 at 8:47 pm Reply

      Thank you! I’m happy with how they turned out!

  • Dana

    September 23, 2017 at 10:29 am Reply

    I absolutely love this idea <3

    • Vicki

      September 23, 2017 at 1:35 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • This Mum At Home

    September 23, 2017 at 10:32 am Reply

    We are big readers in this house! Having a great reading area would be so great to give even more encouragment!

    • Vicki

      September 23, 2017 at 1:36 pm Reply

      It’s so nice to have a cozy and dedicated space you can curl up in together!

  • Pooja Sharma

    September 23, 2017 at 10:58 am Reply

    Reading is so important for kids. I am always looking for ways to make them more interested. Your blog has helped me out a lot.

    • Vicki

      September 23, 2017 at 1:46 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I agree it is so important to get them interested in reading when they are young!

  • Rachel Johnson

    September 23, 2017 at 1:10 pm Reply

    We absolutely love the crayons series! Reading is so so important!

    • Vicki

      September 23, 2017 at 1:48 pm Reply

      I agree! They are some of our favorite books!

  • Kaitlynn

    September 23, 2017 at 2:11 pm Reply

    I LOVE your book art idea. I don’t have kids, but I think I’d make something like that for myself!!

    • Vicki

      September 23, 2017 at 8:08 pm Reply

      Thanks! They could totally work in a reading corner for adults too!

  • Allie flowers

    September 24, 2017 at 8:06 am Reply

    I love this idea! Going to use some of these tips as my little one gets older 🙂

    • Vicki

      September 24, 2017 at 9:23 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you have fun with them!

  • Taylor Reese

    September 25, 2017 at 6:48 am Reply

    LOVE THIS!!! I didnt learn to enjoy reading until well into my 20’s. I can’t wait to do this with my kids one day!

    • Vicki

      September 25, 2017 at 12:47 pm Reply

      It’s so much fun to pass your love of reading on to your kids!

  • Claire

    September 25, 2017 at 11:57 pm Reply

    Aw I’d love to do something like this with my kiddos!

    • Vicki

      September 26, 2017 at 12:50 pm Reply

      I’m so glad I did! She is loving it!

  • Jaime Porter

    September 29, 2017 at 11:48 am Reply

    As a former teacher, I find this amazing! Definitely something I want to do with my kids 🙂

    • Vicki

      September 29, 2017 at 1:17 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! Parts of my teacher life have definitely crept into my home life!

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