Create A Reading Spot
Making sure kids have a quiet, comfortable spot to settle down with a book is important if you're keen to
raise a reader.
Add electronic games, computers and the TV into the mix and often reading just doesn't happen.
So, if you want to encourage the reading habit, why not have a think about how you can create a special reading spot in your home?
If your child is young, this can be a special reading aloud spot. If he’s older, he may like to help you get it set up so he feels it’s his own special place.
The gorgeous reading spot in the picture above is a great example of what can be done with a bit of time and thought.
A reading spot doesn't have to be fancy though, or even permanent.
Children, even when they're very small, love making cubbies and these can be great spots to snuggle down in with a collection of books, even if it's just for the afternoon.
Just take a look at the fantastic cubby in the photo below!
Reading Spot Essentials
Reading Spot Inspiration
Check out these great reading spots and nooks for inspiration!
This compact reading spot makes good use of the space on a landing at the top of the stairs. The colour scheme ties in with the neutral colour scheme of the house.
This colourful reading spot is actually a corner of a young child's bedroom.
A comfy chair is a great read-aloud spot and the books look great displayed on rain gutter shelves, although they are a little high for little people to reach.
Try to have shelves low enough for your child to reach on his or her own, even if he or she is still crawling. It's messier but better for encouraging reading!
I really love this light-n-bright reading spot.
Note the child-height bookshelves, cushions and great reading lights.
These cushions are handmade and the letters spell out the word "lire" which is the French word for "read". You could do the same thing in French (a great learning tool!) or in English or in any other language you like.
You could also spell out your child's name or use your children's initials. The possibilities are endless!
Stored this way, the book covers will catch your little one's eye and encourage him or her to pick one up and "read" it (or ask you to!)
As well as helping them become good readers, it's a great way of helping kids relax before it's time to go to sleep.
A good reading light like this one is a must for bedtime reading.
Note the lovely old armchair, ottoman and the books displayed on rain-gutter shelves.
Although the top shelves are too high for a little person to reach, the books do look wonderful and could easily be rotated by mum or dad so the top ones don't languish unread.
I also love that there are lots and lots of books!
I love the rain-gutter shelves, bright colour scheme, terrific natural light and the fact that there's plenty of uncluttered floor space for sprawling with a good book.
Oh, and check out the curtains! Even if you're not great with a sewing machine, these would be very easy to make or you could buy some cheap ones at Ikea.
Does your child have a special reading spot?
I'd love to hear about it and share it on my site.