I recently posted about The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. It is a fabulous , must-have book for parents on fostering a love of reading. One of the things the author recommends is having books accessible throughout the home. Today’s post gives strategic locations for books, as well as storage ideas.
A must-have for creating a reader is a bed lamp! Each night you can give your kids the option to either the following:
A. go to bed or B. stay up and read 15 more minutes.
My guess is most kids will choose to stay up and read! Kids always want to stay up past bedtime it seems! My kids have these lamps we purchased on Amazon and love them.
My two oldest kids have bunk beds and they have ledge shelves next to their bed where they can display their books. These are simple picture ledges from IKEA. I love these because the cover of the books is visible and a book seems more enticing when you can see the cover, right?!
My oldest two also have a book shelf in their closet to place the books they aren’t currently reading. I believe I purchased this shelf at Wal-Mart online a few years ago. I also purchased some simple black book ends to divide the books.
I have a book basket on my baby’s dresser. When I am changing his diaper and he is drinking his bottle I read books to him. This routine happens three times a day and he loves it. It is the only way I can get him to hold still and listen to a book. I just picked up this basket at Goodwill. Some of his favorite books are Animal Hide-and-Seek and Barnyard Dance.
We have books in our living room in two baskets on the bottom of our console table. This is where I store all of our library books and any overflow books that aren’t currently being used in the baby’s book basket in his room. I picked these up at Home Goods.
In my three-year old’s room he has shelves built in his closet and a couple of those are devoted to his books. He also always has a few books on his bed (Right now he is loving Nibbles and Shhh! My Brother is Napping!) that we are currently reading – not a good book solution but a good strategic place! I am hoping to get him some mini book ledges to display near his bed.
We also store books in the built-ins in our dining area. I have some on display that you can see through the glass cabinets and others inside the solid cabinets. I store them in canvas and wicker baskets as well as on the shelves inside the cabinets. I love having the mix of visible and hidden storage. These built-in cabinets are an IKEA hack we did a few years ago using IKEA Besta Storage System and adding molding around the unit. They unfortunately changed the style of Besta and I don’t like them nearly as much now. They are a bit too modern for me. However, you may love the more modern look. You could always add your own trim on the cupboard doors for a more traditional look.
I love storing my magazines out of view in these inexpensive magazine files. I also store my kids coloring books, workbooks, and my piano music in these.
We have magazine holder by each toilet in our house, since some people like to read on the toilet. I don’t understand it but I am sure you have bathroom readers in your home, too! I purchased these as a set on Amazon. The set is out of stock right now, but you can still buy individually.
I also am going to start having some books in a basket on the middle of our table, since I’d love to start reading a bit at mealtimes. My kids are a captive audience while they are eating. He he.
Do you have any great book storage solutions? I’d love to hear!