“BOOKNOOK” a happy combination of two of our favourite things: 1. Reading and 2. Relaxing in a quiet and cosy place. Here’s how to create the perfect space for children to read and relax..
When you’re a child, having a book, a cosy place to sit and time to lose yourself in a great adventure can be the perfect way to spend a day. But how do you lure your child away from a screen and encourage them to pick up a book instead?
Children will read more if their books are easily accessible and out on display. For very young children, this means having bookcases at toddler height and with the covers facing forwards so they can easily identify their favourites by the colours and pictures on the front.
Placing a simple book caddy or library table on the floor next to a beanbag or pile of cushions will encourage your child to pick up a book and flop down to read. The beauty of the book caddy is that it’s portable and can be carried around from room to room, from chair to sofa or even taken outside to a garden chair or tent . It’s sturdy and won’t topple over no matter how many books you put in it. You can easily rotate the books every few days, pop a new book in from time to time, and gradually increase the complexity from pictures to simple words. Your child will love to visit their booknook each day to see what’s new – learning through discovery.
Wigwams are great for hiding away with a pile of story books. Providing a secret booknook in an out-of-the-way space enables a child to escape distractions and let their imaginations soar. If you prepare the wigwam with a pile of cushions and a pile of books you may find a contended child curled up inside, reading quietly. And if they need a bit more encouragement, why not join them in the den and spend a quiet half hour reading together.
A comfortable chair or beanbag next to a wall-mounted bookcase is a brilliant way of making a booknook in a smaller space. The Greenaway bookcase frees up floor space in a small bedroom and displays different sizes of books, from tiny Mr Men to an outsized Atlas. Our pyramid beanbags are plump and supportive. The raised back delivers great posture support which means your child won’t slump or slide to the floor. Beanbag chairs are the ultimate cosy reading chair for toddlers, shaped for comfort and with a higher back to encourage a better reading position.
Freestanding sling bookcases are another clever GLTC invention and ideal bookcases for bedrooms. Available in a variety of beautiful fabrics which coordinate with beanbags, cosy rugs and curtains to provide a soft and stylish space for bookworms.