Storing books

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HawkIgirl's picture
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Storing books

Where/how do you store all your kids books? My MIL just sent a box with 61 (yes 61!) garage sale books so now they are overflowing our house. We did have them in baskets but b/c of use, the baskets are breaking and he can't find the ones he's looking for b/c they are always at the bottom. Then I tried a regular bookshelf but it was hard for him to stack them neatly and it was always a mess. So I'm looking for a new solution.

I initially was looking at this for his room:
http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=536401

But then came across this at PBK, which is not really that much more and looks a heck of a lot nicer.
http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/madison-3-shelf-bookrack/?pkey=dstorage-bookcases

What do you guys do that works for you for your avid readers?

Lavender444's picture
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The pottery barn one is super duper cute!!!

We just have one of those 9 cube storage thingies. Some spots have canvas totes with toys and some have books. I do end up cleaning up the books a few times a week, but I think that would be true of any book storage at this age. My kids drag them all out, look at them then walk away. I do have them help me clean it up when we do it though.

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I bought some really cute crates from Target. I try to keep them all lined up in the crates but if I have to, I can just throw them in! HA!

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We keep about 20 books out at a time and I rotate them every week. I have a bookshelf packed full in Daphne's closet that she doesn't really get into that I draw from. This way I can pull out books that are seasonally appropriate or that reflect her interests at the moment...like this week she's into dinosaurs, so that's what we've been reading about.

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I have one from Potterybarn similar to that one, called the Catalina Magazine Rack. I LOVE how they face forwards. As a teacher I have had to read studies on how children will more likely pick a book to read if they can see the front cover. I highly recommend it!

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DH and I are bad...there are books everywhere in our house. I have a bookshelf in the living room, one shelf is kid books. They have books in their rooms, in their bedside tables. We have books in a crate in the play room and a huge number in the family room, in the TV cabinet. I also have a lot up high in the family room that they are not ready for, or that are seasonally inappropriate, or good books that I want to keep in good condition. I also have a shelf of books in the basement that they will grow into. Some are mine from when I was young, some were my Dad's and some were DSDs. Yes, we have TONS of books. You should see my and DH's collection!

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I was going to post what Maddie did! I have those spice racks on my list of things to find when I'm in a real city next (and one that has an IKEA at that lol). I don't want anything big since we have a lot of moving in our future and it's easier to find spots for something smaller like those spice racks. Right now I have some of Aiden's books in a canvas storage container and others on a book shelf. I'm constantly having to rearrange those on the book shelf. Aiden loves books. He dumps them out and flips through the pages multiple times a day.
Kristen has a great point about kids wanting to read books of the covers they can see. When I worked childcare I'd rearrange what books were displayed like that every 2-3 days because those were pretty much the only books kids would grab to read!

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The PB one is cute but it looks like it just attaches to the wall. I guess I would have to wonder how it would fit around your baseboards. It also seems a little tall. The One Step Ahead bookshelf is quite a bit shorter so it may be easier for a LO to reach all of the books.

I do something similar to Joy. We have a bookshelf in Jordan's closet and so I can rotate them out. Right now I only have out board books b/c Jordan is still pretty rough with the pages. I actually just prop them up against the fireplace for now. It's not ideal but she can get to them easily and I can spread them out so she can see the covers. We spend a lot of time reading them and I think part of the reason is because they are so accessible.

joysiloo's picture
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Jackie, there's an IKEA in Austin - well, it's actually in Round Rock, but close enough.

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Joy, that's where I told DH we're going to visit next as soon as he has a free weekend! Never been to Austin (just driven through it) and a side tour of IKEA just seals the deal for me! My poor husband has never been to an IKEA. This should be interesting. Lol

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"Kayla1981" wrote:

The PB one is cute but it looks like it just attaches to the wall. I guess I would have to wonder how it would fit around your baseboards. It also seems a little tall. The One Step Ahead bookshelf is quite a bit shorter so it may be easier for a LO to reach all of the books.

I think the PBK one has a cutout on the bottom for the baseboard so that it still sits flush with the wall. PBK had two...a shorter, wider one similar to the measurements on the One Step AHead or a tall skinny one.

The spice racks are a GREAT idea! I don't have an IKEA around but maybe I can find something similar.

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You will have to post pics when you get it figure out. I actually saw that someone used rain gutters for book shelves recently. I guess people re-purpose all kinds of things to use for bookshelves. Wink

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