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:
But then came across this at PBK, which is not really that much more and looks a heck of a lot nicer.
What do you guys do that works for you for your avid readers?
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.
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.
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!
me and DH 09/06/05
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DSDs Portia 2001 Lexi 1999 Cassondra 1989
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!
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.