Thursday, April 15, 2010
A reading nook
When I was a child, I loved books. And now, as a mother of three young children, it's one of the fundamental things I want to pass on to my kids - a love for reading. We read to our kids every night before bed, to all three girls. It's been a long standing part of our bedtime routine. My eldest likes to fall asleep with a big pile of books on her bed too...she reads them after we have said goodnight till she is sleepy enough to tuck herself into bed.
So everytime I came across a display book corner, like this one on OhDeeDoh, I drooled a little and then I sighed...because we have no available corners in our house.
I've realised things have to be at kids eye level for them to access and use toys, arts and crafts and books. And books that are lined vertically with only spines showing fill our bookcase neatly, but don't entice children to lovingly browse their books.
But, one lonely night on Ebay, I came across an inexpensive canvas book display shelf, and it was perfect. A few days later, this little baby was up and running in our study. My two little ones especially have taken a liking to our new little reading nook. They sit together but mostly read separately, and it's lovely to see. We change the books every few days. It works!