It is important to inspire children to read at a young age. They need to be shown that reading can be fun and doesn’t have to be seen as homework or a chore, but also as an enjoyable pastime. One way to help teach children how to read or to find enjoyment in reading is to have an incredible space for them to read in. It can be a special room in your home that your whole family uses for reading, an area of their bedroom, or when the weather is right, an exterior reading area, like on a porch or in a tent. For today’s Teelie Turner Author post, we have decided to share eight inspiring ideas on how to create a reading space for children.
Make Them Fun
Make your children’s reading space fun. That can include having intriguing wall décor, magnetic and chalk boards where your children can express themselves by writing and drawing. Reading has the power to spark a lot of creativity in a child and make them wonder about different things. Having fun ways for them to try and figure things out is a great idea. We decided to show you a magnet from the Teelie Turner Collection. This magnet features Bethany the Birthday Fairy. Several magnets could also be used to show how many books a child has read in a given amount of time. It is a visual reminder for them to know that they are doing well in their reading regardless of the reading level that the child is at. Find this magnet and plenty of other options on Redbubble. Small, medium, and large magnets are available.
Have a Wide Variety of Books
Offer your children a wide variety of books to choose from. As adults, we know that not every book or book genre appeals to us. This is the same for children, so letting them choose to read something that interests them is a great way to help put them on a path of lifelong reading. We found this vintage board book from 1990, written by Richard Scarry called ‘Just Right Word Book’ and decided to share it with you. You can find it on Etsy.
Within a Child’s Reach
Putting the books within a child’s reach is a good way to allow them to enjoy a book whenever they want. This is as long as they are of the right age to enjoy the book without turning the pages into confetti as some little ones, we know might. There are several options available to display books at the right height for a child including this hanging bookshelf. Find it on Etsy.
Intriguing School Supplies
Having intriguing school supplies for children to use when they are making notes about a book or drawing a picture about it, or perhaps coming up with a story of their own, is a great idea. We found these unicorn erasable gel pens so cute that we had to share them with you. They are available on Etsy.
Choose Artwork Together
Choosing artwork for the walls of your child’s reading space is a great way to make him or her feel part of the process of setting up a great space to discover the written word. There are numerous options available, including framing your child’s own drawings to put on the wall, or having them turned into magnets that stick to a wall if magnetic paint is used, or to a metal surface. We saw this imaginative fine art print and instantly fell in love with how magical it is. It is available on Etsy.
Having comfortable seating is a must when it comes to reading a book. We thought that children might enjoy a fun beanbag chair. We found a cute one featuring woodland animals. It can be found on Etsy.
Curl Up with a Blanket
Curling up with a warm blanket is another enjoyable part of the reading experience. There are endless blanket option that are available, but we decided to share this throw blanket from Teelie Turner’s collection of merchandise. This one features Feebie the Fall Fairy. She seemed like a wonderful option for the upcoming season. Find this blanket and many others on Redbubble.
Ensure Excellent Lighting
There needs to be excellent lighting to make reading easier. There are many intriguing lamp ideas out there. We liked this one that can appeal to an adult or a child. It is a rustic moose table lamp. It can be found on Etsy.
Thank you for taking the time to explore our list of inspiring ideas for creating a children’s reading space. Another great way to inspire children to read is to read with them. Depending on their reading level, you can take turns reading pages or having the child read certain words. If the child is able to read on their own, reading a book of your choosing while your child reads is an option. We would love to hear from you. Please contact us on social media or find us on Bloglovin’. Please also continue to explore the Teelie Turner Author website for more news and fun. New book releases are coming soon, and we hope that you and your children love them as much as we do.
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