I have 5 children. My hubby and I are readers. We want to raise readers too. But how do you keep your little readers away from your beautiful copy of Pride and Prejudice and promote reading as well?
Sounds like an oxymoron. Why display books if you don’t want people touching them? Well, I do want people touching them. The right people. The right people are not toddlers.
We started with the top shelf of a bookcase. There just weren’t enough top shelves. We couldn’t just add more bookcases; especially in our tiny house.
Next, we put them in our master bedroom. Which worked for keeping them out of children’s reach but not for displaying them.
Then we moved. Our new to us house has a shelf for displaying plates going around the dining room about 18 inches below the ceiling.
I don’t have decorative plates to display.
Enter the books.
We have only put our fiction books here (because we haven’t unpacked our non-fiction) and they are organized alphabetically by author.
I prefer collecting books to plates anyway 🙂
Displaying Children’s Books So That They Will Be Read
Out of sight out of mind.
I keep the books I want to encourage them to read in plain view or at least within easy access.
Rolling Book Cart
Our rolling book cart was a thrift store find that I covered in contact paper.
The top shelf holds books I want to display in order to entice the children to reading them. There are never very many. My toddler frequently takes them down to sit on this shelf and read.
The bottom shelf has two sections. The first half has a desk file sorter like this one (aff. link). Each child has a section where I put books that they want to read or that I want to read to them. Not only do the kids each get a section which makes finding their books easy, it’s also much easier for them to put their books away.
When they are asking for ideas on what to do with their time, I tell them to check their “section” for ideas.
The other side has our kid Bibles and rotating books from the book cabinet. I try not to have too many here because the children have a hard time getting them to stand well and the more books that are here, the more likely my toddler is going to take them all down and not be able to put them away.
I also keep pillows close to books. My kids have young bodies and like laying on the floor to read. Weird, I know.
Morning Basket Books
I made a table using two chairs and set it next to the kitchen table. Our school supplies are now in easy reach.
One basket has our current subject (geography) and our meal time read a-louds. The middle basket has all of our journals. And the third has the supplies for math.
Containing a Library
I don’t want my children to have access to all of our books. There are too many for them to choose from.
Aside from type, it isn’t really organized. Actually, it’s kinda messy.
Once a month, I take books from the book cart and pull out new books from the cabinet. The first day I bring out new books, I set them on the floor or the table for perusing before I put them on the rolling cart.
The most important feature about this cabinet is that it is locked! I have children who enjoy exploring cabinets. By exploring I mean taking out all of the contents and spreading them everywhere. Keeping the cabinet locked means less messes to clean up and less books to protect.
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