Remember back when I wrote about my process of creating a kidlit corner, showed some Before photos, and promised to share After pictures when my bookshelf painting project was done? No? Well, perhaps that was because it was a year and a half ago and I never followed up with my promise. Ahem. Sorry about that! But I finally took some pictures of our new and improved kidlit corner and wanted to share.
We love the bookshelves that my husband made, although we have so many books that we could really use another pair of them! I’d eventually like to add some soft floor seating and artwork for the walls, but I take my time in the decorating department so those aren’t likely to happen for a while. Anyone else have ideas on how to make this space cozy and pretty?
While I had the camera out, I also snapped a few photos of the other places in our house where children’s books live (when they’re put away, that is, which is certainly not all the time!). I try to keep our library books more-or-less corralled in our living room, which is where my favorite bookshelf is kept. Who needs a working fireplace when you’ve got a fantastic forward-facing book display? Not me! I wish we had one of them in every room.
The last place to find kidlit in our house is, appropriately, in my children’s room. We stored quite a lot of books in there until I read Simplicity Parenting, which recommends keeping only a handful of books in children’s rooms. There’s still way more than a handful in there, but now I try to limit it to what can fit in two cubbies: one for board books for my son and one for picture books for my daughter. The titles in the bedroom are constantly rotating because books tend to migrate there from other parts of the house and every so often I sneak some of them back to the kidlit corner or living room display shelf.
Finally, we keep a basket next to the rocking chair where we share bedtime stories. For the longest time there was just a tall, wobbly pile of finished read-alouds in that spot, but I finally wised up and set a basket there.
What about you? Where do the children’s books live at your house? If you have any especially creative ideas for book storage or display, I’d love to hear them!