Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Project "Read More"

I am employing several sneaky little tactics in an effort to promote healthy reading habits in our home, one of them being to create a couple of fun little reading nooks for the kiddos!  Today I FINALLY got around to working on (and, SHOCK, actually finishing) this first's in our playroom, and the kids L-O-V-E it!  I still need to add a light, and this weekend we're installing rain gutter bookshelves like these and these.  I can hardly wait!  This is the PERFECT solution to adding bookshelves (ideally allowing books to be forward-facing) without taking up any of the shrinking floor space in our family/play room!'s the new Book Nook!  Enjoy!

So, there is a 36 inch space on either side of our entertainment center between it and the wall.  
This little corner used to be a cluttered heap of toys, 
but I had a vision that it would someday be a fun, inviting, whimsical little nook 
just begging for a little pre-schooler to curl up in with a good book.

I have a 4-y-o boy and a 3-y-o girl, so I needed something gender neutral, 
so I was super excited when I found this smokey blue fabric with 
multi-colored circles...some pink--her favorite, and some orange--his favorite!

My little bookworms!

Pennant this scallop stitch on my sewing machine, and I love the extra little pops of color achieved by adding the ribbons in between each pennant.

I'd love to hear how you promote good reading habits in your homes!


  1. That's so wonderful! Do you take it down when they're done? My kids LOVE setting up forts but I love the banner.

  2. Thanks! I don't take it down when they're done, but it's just on spring rods, so it can be taken down whenever needed. So far it has stayed up!

  3. This is a great project to do with your kids! I'd love it if you'd link this up to my Home and Family Friday linky party.

    I also write a literacy blog you might be interested in.


  4. Hi Becca, and thanks! I'd love to link up, but I can't find where to do you have a link you could send?