When growing a reader, you need to provide a special place reserved for reading, where your child can hide away, curl up and get stuck into a good book. With a little effort, you can create an appealing and relaxing book nook that your children will want to spend time in.
Here are four simple tips to get you started:
1. Keep it simple. You will need somewhere to store the books, seating, such as a bean bag or cosy armchair, blankets and lighting. That’s it.
2. Keep your child in mind. If you want to create a book nook exclusively for your child, let them be involved in the layout, design and colours. Every child will be drawn to a different kind of space. My eldest will often be found lounging on the radiator in the winter, whereas my daughter likes to hide out in a small den of her making somewhere in the house. A box to keep her props in helps her to transport it quickly from one place to another.
3. Keep it central. It might be tempting to set up a reading area in a quiet, hidden corner somewhere, but often the most used book nooks are the ones situated in the busiest areas of the house. My book nook is usually built in the lounge, where everyone hangs out, and I can easily join them for a story.
4. Make it appealing. Your book nook needs to be attractive, exciting and well looked after. Updating your book nook every now and again will maintain interest. This might mean adding some new books, swapping a blanket or cushion or changing the layout slightly.