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Reading Corners for Kids

Updated on July 27, 2015
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A librarian through and through, Virginia Allain writes about book topics, researching, and information for library users and librarians.


Create a Special Reading Spot for Your Child

A great way to encourage reading is to create a special corner just for that. Any child will want to spend time curled up with a good book in their own personal reading spot. Make it fun. Make it cushy. Make it cozy. Stock it with books and you'll have a reader in no time.

Teachers find reading corners popular in the classroom and even use them as a reward for good work or good behavior. Parents can create a reading nook that invites a child to unplug from the TV and the games. It can be their own quiet retreat to bond with a book. Here are ideas for all styles of reading corners or reading nooks for children.

Little girl reading Zazzle graphic by shopstew

Sure Kids Can Read Anywhere

but they will read more with a special reading corner or reading nook of their own

Teachers and librarians want to get the message out to parents that reading is vital to school success. Besides that, reading makes a marvelous lifelong hobby that brings many hours of pleasure.

You will want to do everything you can to turn your child into a reader. Making sure they have a comfortable place to read and plenty of books on hand.

Fun Ladybug Tent - Makes a great reading nook for a kid

They can have some favorite books in a tote or bin nearby or in an adjacent bookshelf.

If you want more lighting for them while they read, get a booklight that attaches to the book. It serves as an extra-incentive.

Another way to go is a Kindle Fire. The lighted screen is suitable for any lighting conditions. There are rugged covers you can get for the Kindle to make it hold up to use by youngsters.

Cute Ladybug Tent for a Reading Corner

Ladybug Tent
Ladybug Tent

Where's your child? Look first in this colorful indoor tent. I bet your little one is in there reading away.


Colorful Child's Bookshelf - for the reading corner

Have lots of great books on hand with tempting covers. Make it easy for the child to grab a book and settle down to read.

Don't forget that reading aloud to a child is crucial to their learning to love reading too.

Tot Tutors Kids Book Rack Storage Bookshelf, Natural/Primary (Primary Collection)
Tot Tutors Kids Book Rack Storage Bookshelf, Natural/Primary (Primary Collection)

The strong primary colors make an eye-catching space for a child to store their books. With the covers facing forward, it encourages the child to pick up a book to read.


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Tents Can Be Dark Inside

so get a clip-on reading light. Kid's will think that's cool and want to use it.

A Girl's Reading Tent - Add some cushy floor pillows or a beanbag chair

Books carry us to imaginary places.
Books carry us to imaginary places. | Source

Image Credit:
Imagination Postcard from Zazzle

Exotic Tent - Perfect for a Reading Nook

HABA Room Tent Marrakesh
HABA Room Tent Marrakesh

Picture yourself as a young child sitting in this tent reading Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. How fun!


Make the Reading Spot Comfortable

with cushioning like beanbag chairs or a few pillows.

Bean Bag Chairs for the Reading Corner - Available in different colors & finishes on Amazon

Strawberry Bean Bag
Strawberry Bean Bag

Just having a comfortable place to snuggle up with a good book can be enough to encourage a reader.

Click on the picture to see other bean bag seating in kid-friendly fabrics, plus a range of colors and styles.

Create a corner for these with bookshelves and put a catchy reading slogan on the wall. Voila, instant reading nook for a child.


Reading Themed Wall Quotes - for your child's reading corner

Besides reading books, they'll enjoy reading the Wall Quote. These are easy to put up and easy to change later on to something else.

Why not get several and switch them out. Surprise your young reader with a new wall slogan.

Put a Reading Slogan on the Wall

Reading David McCord Books Fall Open You In - Boy Girl Themed Kids Room Playroom - Vinyl Saying, Wall Lettering Decal, Quote Sticker Decoration, Art Mural Decor
Reading David McCord Books Fall Open You In - Boy Girl Themed Kids Room Playroom - Vinyl Saying, Wall Lettering Decal, Quote Sticker Decoration, Art Mural Decor

I love the wording of this one by David McCord, "Books fall open, you fall in."

Put that in the reading nook to inspire your young reader.


Videos with Ideas for Kids' Reading Corners

I found some great examples of reading spaces for kids (on YouTube). Get inspired to make your own kid's reading nook.

A Place to Read Is Important

but it is crucial to have books available too. If you're on a budget, look for books at yard sales or borrow some from the public library. Give books as birthday presents too.

Creating a Personal Library for a Child (YouTube Video)

A Hanging Chair - for a unique reading spot

This can be their special READING chair where the child can sway gently while enjoying a book. Hanging chairs like this are said to be good for autistic children too.

Lighted Reading Spot for a Child

Nylon Canvas HugglePod HangOut with LED Lights, in Blue
Nylon Canvas HugglePod HangOut with LED Lights, in Blue

There are all sorts of hammock chairs. This one feels really private with the closed sides. A great place to snuggle with a good book.


Tutorial for Making a Book Sling

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How Do You Encourage Your Child's Reading?

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    • Margaret Schindel profile image

      Margaret Schindel 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Virginia, this is a fantastic idea! I love the creative ideas you've shared for making a special and fun reading environment for children. The ladybug tent is my favorite.

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      We have had a reading loft and "school bus" in our home that my husband built. In my classroom he built a life sized tipi that we used as a reading corner after our unit on the American Indians was finished.

    • evelynsaenz1 profile image

      Evelyn Saenz 

      5 years ago from Royalton

      Delightful places to read! :)

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      5 years ago

      Thank you for this lens, it is so important to teach our children how nice reading can be. And I love reading tents, I would have one for myself :)

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      5 years ago

      Good suggestion! A nice reading corner will make reading more comfortable and enjoyable. Another thing I can suggest is putting a computer on your childâs reading corner so s/he can have the option to read online. Parentâs supervision might be necessary but if you set rules such as âstrictly for reading onlyâ and specific sites to visit, thereâs no need to worry. is a good site that offers appropriate tools to help children develop their reading skills.

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      5 years ago

      I agree with you on this villain that it makes sense to have a cushy corner for a child to read from. I have made such a place for my two year old and I often find her there trying to sound out a letter or two. I agree with you on this.

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      tfsherman lm 

      5 years ago

      I'd love to have a hanging chair! But the beanbags are verrry popular in my library. The kids will even curl up on a giant bear to read.

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @adragast24: You've got the right idea!

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful article. I encourage my kid reading by reading with him. Children like to do the same as their parents.

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @mumsgather: Anything you can do to encourage a child to read will benefit them all through their life.

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      6 years ago

      The bean bags look very cozy for a reading corner. Good idea.

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens and a nice idea. I should branch out my Really Good Book series to children's books, but it has been over 10 years since I worked in elementary school libraries. Who can keep up. Still, cheers for encouraging children's reading--the single most important determinative factor in a successful and happy life.

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      @PopcornThomas: I love being featured, so please, do add it to yours.

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      7 years ago

      What a great idea! I just bought the cutest chair for my granddaughter and now after reading your lens I will create a small nook for her.Blessings to you!

    • evelynsaenz1 profile image

      Evelyn Saenz 

      7 years ago from Royalton

      Children always read more when they have a reading nook.

      What a delightful lens. Squid Angel Blessed!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      What a fabulous suggestion and idea! I never really thought about it before, but I could easily point to the reading corners in our home. Each of our children, my husband and myself all have a special reading chair. Funny how that has always just been a part of our lives and not something I considered unique. Excellent article!


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