When growing a reader, you need to let your child get really comfy. Comfy clothes, comfy position and comfy things around them. No one likes to read sitting at a table where it feels like work -if we want children to get lost in a book then the right place to read is important. You need to know your reader and be flexible. Where this takes place might change, some days your child may want to hide away, curl up and get stuck into a good book, others they might want to be sat in hub of it reading away.
With a little effort, you can create an appealing and relaxing place 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 books, seating (such as a bean bag or cosy armchair) blankets and lighting. That’s it.
2. Keep your child in mind. Let your child lead the way as every child will be drawn to a different kind of space. My eldest will often be found lounging on the radiator with a stack of comics in the winter, whereas my daughter likes to hide out in a small den somewhere in the house with a box to keep her props in so she can move 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.