Creating our book nook

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Each night I tell my children a story from when I was little. I start the story the same way each night. Recently I told them this story…

When I was little and lived in my home town with my mum and dad and my brothers, I loved to read. I was always reading. I remember choosing to stay home and read instead of going on sleepovers. I remember trying to stay in bed all day reading. And reading well past my bedtime under the covers of my bed with a torch!

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One night, when I was meant to turn my lamp off and go to sleep, I had a good idea! I opened my cupboard and placed my lamp inside. Then I placed a dolls bed inside with cushions and a blanket. It was a dolls bed that I could curl up in. So that is what I did.

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It was a warm and cozy spot to read. And I read for hours! My mum eventually worked out what I was up to, but I don’t think it was that first wonderful night reading in my secret spot! My cupboard book nook became a favourite reading spot of mine until I was much older…

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And now I have created a special reading nook for my children to enjoy. It has a big whimsical toadstool cushion to curl up in, baskets of books to explore and enjoy, as well as shelves ‘showcasing’ special books.

Our book nook is in a corner of our living room. Close by, but also separate. A space to retreat to, a space to enjoy, a space in which to grow their love of books.

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Happy reading, Kelly

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12 Comments

  • Reply Melissa @ Honey Bee Books April 20, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Your book nook is fabulous and I adore the toadstool cushions! So inviting.

  • Reply Jackie April 20, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Kelly, this is just so sweet. I knew I’d love the book nook before I even read the post but my heart just warmed when I read about your love for reading as a child. What a beautiful story to share with your kids.

  • Reply Kate April 20, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    I LOVE your book nook! You have inspired me to do the same for my kids. I particularly love the display shelves for special books. Thank you for sharing this with us 🙂

  • Reply Kim April 20, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    I love your little nook. We have just carved out a space to create one for my little man, but still have to decorate it. I love that cushion and the shelves. I am sure there will be many happy reading moments there.

  • Reply Debs April 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    What a sweet little book nook! I have some of the ikea spice rack shelves just sitting in my shed waiting for me to paint them to use for more book storage. Can never have enough! Love the little toadstool cushions. Pinned! 😀

  • Reply katepickle April 21, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Oh those spotty cushions are adorable!

    I’m trying to carve out a little peaceful corner in our house as my kids are always looking for somewhere quiet to curl up with a book!

  • Reply sharon April 23, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    your children are so lucky to have you as a mum who loves reading and sharing stories 🙂 such precious moments 🙂

  • Reply Bek @ Just For Daisy April 29, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Such a lovely space! 🙂 They both look so happy there! 🙂 Books are wonderful aren’t they!

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