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Taking our library from drab to fab!

Our chapter book set-up.

Our current chapter book set-up.

Over the years I’ve written several posts  about how parents can think like teachers and set up their home library to promote Guided Reading.

Books organized in boxes make them less overwhelming for young readers.

Books organized in boxes make them less overwhelming for young readers.

You don’t need a lot of money to do this. Shoeboxes would work fine. I use the drawer-organizer boxes from IKEA. They’re floppy, but that’s okay.

It’s been an evolution. Three years ago, that same spot looked like this:

Three years ago.

Three years ago.

From two years ago.

A small improvement two years ago.

Unfortunately our library was getting out of control. We simply had too many books!

So over Winter Break, we bought three shelves from IKEA. Here’s the result:

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Picture books are now upstairs in the new and improved reading nook.

A $20 net from IKEA makes a big splash!

A $20 net from IKEA makes a big splash!

Inside the reading nest. The tub of popcorn serves as a table.

Inside the reading nest. The tub of popcorn serves as a table.

When I think about what I’d like to spend money on in my home, bookshelves aren’t top of the list. That’s why it’s taken so long to get here. But I want my kids to know they come from a family that celebrates reading.

Someday our playroom will turn into a library. I’ll have a snack cabinet in there, plus a big table for high-school projects. The reading nook will get a larger chair. The picture books will be packed away.

Right now though, we have room to grow and a quiet place to read. The only hitch is getting the toys put away!


4 Comments

  1. Mrs. Warde says:

    I love it! All our bookshelves got ruined in the move, but come February my husband has promised me wall to wall, floor to ceiling Ikea bookshelves in our living room!

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