I wanted to give you a little peek into our reading nook in the kid’s nursery because I think it’s just darling. A month or so ago I rearranged Stella and Alfie’s room to make space for reading and playing, an intentional space with a big wool rug, a library cart full of books, soft animal toys, a woven basket housing blocks and cars, and our favorite images from Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit pinned on the wall. This is where we read stories before naps and bedtime, where we talk about seeds becoming flowers, where we learn about the seasons, why cows are called calfs and why the sky is blue.
I have found that creating a space just for them to cozy up on the floor with bigger than them feather pillows makes things like reading and block building more inviting and somehow, special. It gives them a place to hunker down with Andrew and I and point out duckies and farm animals somewhere bedsides our beds or the couch. If you have little ones I so encourage you to make a cozy nook for them, it has grown to be a beloved part of our home.
And one more thing, you have to get your hands on these beautiful nature-inspired books we’ve been reading all summer long. I think I enjoy them just as much as the kids, if not more! The Seasonal board books are without words, which gives us all an opportunity to use our imagination and make up our own stories, play eye spy, and learn different seasonal objects. The books by Hutts Aston are some of the most gorgeous we own and are also very informative. Happy, cozy reading to you and your little dears.
- A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston, Illustrated by Sylvia Long
- A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston, Illustrated by Sylvia Long
- Summer Board Book along with Autumn, Spring & Winter by Gerda Muller
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Michelle - LOVE this idea! Darling!
sarah - book nooks are the very best! i remember growing up that our favorite place to read was usually the floor. as long as it had a rug we were golden! are those pillowcases from ikea? they look so comfy! xoxo
admin - Sarah, yes they are! The pillow inserts are, too. Such a good deal for large floor pillows I think! x Amanda
Eve - What a lovely space! I worked at a small children’s bookstore all through University and have a collection of my absolute favourites. I feel like you would also really love, The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood if you haven’t read it already.
admin - Eve, thank you for these wonderful recommendations! I just looked it up along with other books by Deborah Underwood and they all look so good. I especially love the Christmas Quiet Book 🙂 Blessings to you! x Amanda
Carolyn - The Quiet Book is one of my favorites! Such a good, slow rhythm before bed, and creative too. My little guy went through a stage where he always wanted to sit on the same little pillow on the floor during story time but now he insists I sit on the pillow and he on the big rocking chair. Too funny. Great stories ideas and photos, love your reading nook!
admin - Carolyn, ha! I love that you two have made the switcheroo. Lately all four of us have been cuddling up in this spot, but before that we all climbed in mama’s bed to read because four in our tiny reading chair just didn’t cut it! Thanks for stopping by and sharing, dear. x Amanda
Kirsti - This is a beautiful space. I have two older children and we have all always loved books and reading stacks of books. I have a little boy about one week older than Alfie and he is in motion constantly! I didn’t realize what people meant about those that just like to move! He loves books too, but certain ones and removing the rest. I was wondering if you do what is recommended in Simplicity Parenting with books? This is the first time I have considered because I wondered if he is one who would benefit from fewer. He is a jolly soul but usually tearing apart every shelf and drawer at home or in the go! But then there is this part of me that realizes he doesn’t get to pick his favorites out and let us know. Thanks for the beauty! Happy Friday!
admin - Kirsti, we have kiddo books in three main places in our home 1) the nursery 2) living room bookshelves 3) plus a few in Theo’s room. I change them up a lot, put some downstairs every now and again, and make sure to recycle them from station to station. Parenting Simplicity has it completely right in my option, less is always more…but it’s so hard when it comes to books! I can’t see to ever get enough reading material, whether it be for myself or the kids! x Amanda
Amy - Oh, I love the Dianna Hutts Aston books … thank you for sharing! I noticed there’s a teacher guide you can download to go along with them. Perfect for even my big girl (7).
I think you would adore the way Cynthia Rylant writes. Our favorite is “Let’s Go Home: The Wonderful Things About a House.” This might be a great one for you and Stella to share. My girls love pouring over the illustrations that are almost dollhouse-like. I love the imagery of the words.
Another great one for all ages for winter: Cynthia Rylant’s “Snow.”
Our current fave: “The Mouse Mansion” by Karina Schaapman. (Incredible photos of a huge mouse dollhouse built by a woman, with beautiful detail and stories to accompany)
admin - Amy, all of these books are so beautiful, thank you for the inspiration and for sharing them with me! Have the happiest weekend! x Amanda
sammyw - love this idea! I have 3 children (same ages & gender order as you:) and it’s so hard to read to my older two while my youngest tries to climb off the bed/couch/get into the most mischief! A spot on the floor solves almost all our reading time woes. Will be setting up a cozy corner as the weather gets cooler and the days shorter. Can you share where you found the bookcase? xx Samantha
admin - Sammy, the library cart was mine when I taught, something I found in an old antique shop years ago. I’ve seen them here and there on Craigslist! Love that you have three little ones the same ages and genders…such a fun trio 😉 x Amanda
Kirsti - I am the same when it comes to books! I just wasn’t sure if I should store them out of sight and rotate in; however, each time I bring them out, with each child, I find we acquire new ones and also pass a few along. And, even the books that aren’t treasured, if the kids loved them, they become treasures. I use the library for fiction or for my older boys chapter books that won’t be read again most likely. But toys, I have no problem culling toys or passing them along! Books are my vice!
kry - love! where did you find all the prints for the wall? so cute.
admin - Kry, they are from a Peter Rabbit book I found at a thrift store, I just ripped out our favorites 🙂 x Amanda
BJ Emory - Where did you find that rug because I have been looking and looking and can’t find something similar! Thanks!
admin - BJ, this was a Target find! x Amanda
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