Book Nook Inspiration – Part 4

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Welcome to our final installment of Book Nook Inspiration created in collaboration with Brightly. If you missed them, check out Parts 1, 2 and 3 for more tips. And, don’t forget to read to the bottom for details on our giveaway.

Book Nook Design Tips from Nod:
For this edition, we’ve put together a cozy lounge for your tween. We kept a focus on the three main design requirements of any reading nook, make it inviting, comfortable and quiet.

Tween Book Nook InspirationGrey Knit Blanket / Black Sequin Heart Throw Pillow / Typeset Throw Pillow / Seeing Stars Rug / Acrylic Book Cart / Open Arms Swivel Lounge Chair / Forest Poster Decal / Green Wiry Pendant / Black Spot Garland

Here’s how we put it all together:

  • Our Open Arms swivel is an ideal seat for a tween reading nook. It’s oversized and comfy, a great hang out spot.
  • We added a chunky throw blanket and sequin pillow to make it extra cozy.
  • The black accent in the throw pillow and garland make sure the space is not too sweet and contrast nicely with the soft pink and mint accent colors found in the rug and décor.
  • The acrylic book caddy brings in style and function.
  • Hang the wiry pendant above the chair for soft lighting.

 

Book Recommendations from Brightly:

The tween years are a great time to introduce a bit more complexity into a child’s reading life. At this age, kids will enjoy books with more of an emotional journey, as well as books with more sophisticated language and plot points. It’s also worth encouraging children this age to explore a wide range of books — from realistic fiction, to poetry, to fantasy.

Book Suggestions for TweensOur picks:

  • Smile – Raina Telgemeier’s real-life experiences make for a humorous coming-of-age novel filled with great artwork and plenty of dental drama. Kids will identify with Raina’s struggles to forge her own identity and find real friends.
  • The One and Only Ivan – You’ll never think about caged animals the same way again. The One and Only Ivan is a heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting read about a gorilla and baby elephant who live in a circus-themed mall.
  • Wonder – Some books change the world. Some books change us. The best books do both. Wonder pushes young readers toward greater compassion, empathy, and acceptance of differences.
  • A Snicker of Magic – This much-lauded debut novel about the magical power of words will delight middle grade and tween readers.
  • Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson’s highly acclaimed poetic memoir about growing up as an African American in South Carolina and New York in the ‘60s and 70s took home the National Book Award.
  • The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy – Packed with summertime adventures and big-time family fun, this is a perfect read-aloud book for the whole family.

Curious what books tweens are recommending to each other? Check out Books Tweens Can’t Stop Talking About on Brightly.

Want the perfect kids’ reading nook? Enter to win $1,500 from The Land of Nod and $1,000 worth of books from Brightly. Ends 3/30.

Brightly is a new resource to help moms and dads raise lifelong readers. Brightly features book recommendations for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more.

Book Nook Inspiration – Part 3

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Welcome to our third installment of Book Nook Inspiration created in collaboration with Brightly. If you missed them, check out Parts 1 and 2 for more tips. And, don’t forget to read to the bottom for details on our giveaway.

Book Nook Design Tips from Nod:
For this edition, we’ve put together a modern design that can easily grow with your young reader. Still paying attention to the three main design requirements of any reading nook, make it inviting, comfortable and quiet.

Boy's Book Nook Inspiration I Heart Space Banner / Floating Wall Shelf / Blue Rad Rug / Grey Bean Bag Chair / Grey Next Chapter Bookcase / Star Pop Icon Nightlight / Circle Corkboard

For this space, here are some of the key design elements:

  • The Rad Rug is the perfect foundation for the space; it’s plush, graphic and will define the book nook.
  • We always recommend layering in soft seating for a comfy spot to lounge, our Cool Beans! Bean Bag Chair is the perfect option for a growing child, as it’s plenty roomy.
  • The pop icon nightlight is not only a playful décor piece, but can be mounted to the wall above the bean bag chair for additional lighting.
  • A mix of cork boards and wall art can add interest in the space, and gives a place for kids to hang their latest treasures and mementos.
  • A small wall mounted shelf or ledge is ideal for keeping favorite books close at hand. We love the simple design of this book ledge, as it really turns a stack of books into a piece of art.
  • Of course, if this is a book nook, you’ll need plenty of room for books, and even a few toys. The Next Chapter bookcase is good choice because it’s low to the ground, which means your little one will have ready access to their books and toys.

Book Recommendations from Brightly:

As kids hit kindergarten and beyond, it’s a great time to explore different types of books. Finding books that relate to your young reader’s interests, pique their curiosity, or make them laugh will help keep them engaged with reading as they grow.

Boys Library Inspiration - Age 6-8Our picks:

  • George’s Marvelous Medicine – Wacky predicaments and laugh-out-loud moments take center stage in this short chapter book from one of the world’s greatest storytellers.
  • I am Jackie Robinson – This is the fourth title in New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer’s Ordinary People Change the World series. I am Jackie Robinson will entertain, inform, and inspire sports-loving kids.
  • Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure! – Who knew being flat could be so fun? Packed with plenty of pictures and goofy situations, Flat Stanley is a delightful story that young readers have loved for generations.
  • Bad Kitty Gets a Bath – Short, snappy text and great illustrations make this the funniest installment in Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty series.
  • Amazing Pop-up Space AtlasThis interactive book introduces young readers to the wonders of outer space, complete with planet profiles, sky charts, and a 3-D pop-up Solar System.
  • Fortunately, the Milk – From Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of Coraline, comes a fantastical tale of a dad who runs out for a carton of milk and encounters aliens, pirates, and ponies on his way.

Looking for more great reads for growing readers? Check out 10 Early Chapter Books for Boys on Brightly.

Want the perfect kids’ reading nook? Enter to win $1,500 from The Land of Nod and $1,000 worth of books from Brightly. Ends 3/30.

Brightly is a new resource to help moms and dads raise lifelong readers. Brightly features book recommendations for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more.

Book Nook Inspiration, Part 2

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Welcome to our second installment of Book Nook Inspiration created in collaboration with Brightly. Check out Part 1 here. And, don’t forget to read to the bottom for details on our giveaway.

Book Nook Design Tips from Nod:
For this edition, we’ve put together a feminine design for a growing reader. Still paying attention to the three main design requirements of any reading nook, make it inviting, comfortable and quiet.

 Book Nook Inspiration: Growing GirlHalf Dot Rainbow Garland / Horrible Adorables Faux Taxidermy / Best and the Mostest Wall Art / Bonjour Throw Pillow / Pink Play Cushion / Pink Graduated Bookcase / Aqua Ombre Cube Basket / White Hemisphere Floor Lamp / Candy Dot Rug / Cloud Throw Pillow / Triangle Throw Pillow

For this book nook, here are some of the key design elements:

  • The overall color palette was inspired by shades of pink.
  • We added a play home floor cushion. It’s perfect for comfy floor seating. And can be outfitted with a collection of throw pillows for added comfort and interest.
  • The Graduated Bookcase offers ample storage for books and special items. This piece is the perfect height to pair with floor cushions.
  • Adding a floor lamp brings in extra light.
  • Next, add a collection of wall art that adds color or a sentiment.
  • To finish the space, hang garland above the reading nook to help define the area and bring in dimension and color.

Book Recommendations from Brightly:

As young readers make the move from picture books to chapter books, it’s great time to infuse a little girl power into their reading selections. There are plenty of wonderful books filled with engaging stories, fantastic artwork, and strong leading ladies that are perfect for girls ages 6 – 8.

Library Inspiration: Growing Girl Age 6-8Our picks:

  • Rosie Revere, Engineer – A wonderful story about a little girl who loves to build things, but grows discouraged when people laugh at her inventions. Accompanied by detailed illustrations, the book reminds young readers that failure is just the first step toward success.
  • Zita the Spacegirl – At the center of this graphic novel is Zita, a fearless girl on a journey through another world to rescue a kidnapped friend. Girls will identify with Zita’s brave, adventurous, and loyal character.
  • Flora & Ulysses – A charming story about a squirrel who gets sucked into a vacuum cleaner and emerges with superpowers. The award-winning book features full-page illustrations and comic-book style sequences.
  • Ivy and Bean – This great early chapter book explores the relationship between two friends who make more mischief than either of them can handle.
  • Beezus and Ramona – No list of books for growing readers would be complete without this Beverly Cleary classic. Kids will relate to these timeless truths about siblings and the love they share, even at the trickiest of times.
  • Pippi Longstocking – A madcap adventurer with pluck, Pippi is a perennial favorite of young readers around the world. Charming illustrations by Lauren Child make this edition one to treasure.

Looking for more empowering books for girls? Check out Early Chapter Books with Fierce Female Characters on Brightly.

Want the perfect kids’ reading nook? Enter to win $1,500 from The Land of Nod and $1,000 worth of books from Brightly. Ends 3/30.

Brightly is a new resource to help moms and dads raise lifelong readers. Brightly features book recommendations for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more.

Preschool Book Nook Inspiration

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At Nod we believe that the best gifts are those that run on pure imagination, no batteries required. And, what better gift to give your kids, than a love of reading. That’s why we’ve partnered with Brightly to put together some book nook and library inspiration for your little one. Throughout the month of March be on the lookout for tips from Nod how to create the perfect reading nook, along with tips from Brightly on how to build a library to inspire your kiddos. Not only that, we have a fantastic giveaway, but you’ll have to read to the bottom of the post for details. This is all about reading, after all.

Book Nook Design Tips from Nod:
No matter the age of your child, all book nooks need to have three attributes in their design. They need to be inviting, comfortable and quiet. You want the space to feel inviting, so your kids want to spend time there. Reading shouldn’t feel like a chore, and an inviting space can make it appealing. Comfortable, so once they’re in there, they don’t want to leave. And, quiet, so they can lose themselves in their books without the distraction of the tv or other siblings.

Book Nook Inspiration - PreschoolRainbow Tiger Wall Decal / Aqua Origami Wall Shelf / R is for Rug / Orange Stripe Teepee with Floor Cushion / Yellow Half Tone Cube Basket / Magnificent Metal LetterLocal Branch Library Cart

For this book nook, here are some of the key design elements:

  • The overall color scheme is based on gray as the foundation color with pops of orange, aqua and yellow to create a playful, gender-neutral space. This color scheme will work well when the nook lives in a shared space, as grey will compliment most any décor you have in your home.
  • The R is for Rug is soft and plush providing a comfortable foundation for the space. And, bonus, it’s also educational, showing the whole alphabet with a corresponding illustration for each.
  • We added the teepee to this design as an alternative to an architectural nook. Sure, book nooks are great in that space under your stairs, or in a dormered corner, but not all homes come equipped with that sort of architecture. So, a teepee or playhome is a great alternative to create a hideout for your kids. Don’t forget to add a floor cushion to make the space extra plush.
  • The Local Branch Library cart is perfect for book storage and is easily accessible to the little ones. You want to be sure they can access the books on their own, and that they’re in plain view.

Book Recommendations from Brightly:

Snuggling up in a cozy spot to read with your little one is of the most enjoyable parts of parenthood. The best books for the pre-K set feature gorgeous artwork, text that’s fun to read aloud, and plenty of delightful moments throughout.

Children's Book Inspiration - PreschoolOur picks:

  • I Want My Hat Back – This is the simple (but very clever) tale of a bear who has lost his hat. The book’s slyly subversive ending is beloved by readers and has even spawned its own Internet meme.
  • Pete the Cat – Pete the Cat is one cool customer. Although his white shoes get stained with all the colors of the rainbow, Pete remembers it’s all about the journey — a good metaphor for parenting.
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance – With rhyming text that makes it a pleasure to read aloud, this heartwarming and beautifully illustrated story will inspire every child with dreams of greatness.
  • Tawny Scrawny Lion – You may remember this beautifully illustrated classic from your own childhood. This Little Golden Book tells the story of a family of rabbits who convince a hungry lion to eat carrot stew … so he won’t eat them!
  • The Incredible Book Eating Boy – The multi-talented Oliver Jeffers has created a story that book lovers of all ages will appreciate. Young Henry loves books – or rather, he loves to eat books, so much so that it becomes a bit of a problem.
  • The Storm Whale – Written and illustrated by the talented Benji Davies, this gentle tale about a lonely boy called Noi who befriends a whale, and in the process forges a closer relationship with his father, will touch parents and kids alike.

Looking for more great books to enjoy with your little one? Check out 9 Clever Picture Books for Kids on Brightly.

Want the perfect kids’ reading nook? Enter to win $1,500 from The Land of Nod and $1,000 worth of books from Brightly. Ends 3/30.

Brightly is a new resource to help moms and dads raise lifelong readers. Brightly features book recommendations for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more.