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Reading Corner Inspiration

Hello! Grab a cup of coffee and browse this blog post for reading corner inspiration.

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or a duty. It should be presented as a precious gift. -Kate DiCamilo

We know the importance of encouraging children to read. How does one go about creating a reading corner that draws children in? We have asked some of our friends to share some of their inspiring creations with us.

Three things I notice in this picture are (1) the comfy chair, (2) mood lighting, and (3), an attractive book display. The saying and picture on the wall invites us to browse and dive into the books that await us.

The more you read, the better you get at it.; the better you get at it, the more you like it; the more you like it, the more you do it.

-Jim Trelease

Check out the following pictures and look for plush textiles, soft mats or rugs, a "roof" over their heads, cushions or bean bag chairs, themes, and of course, lots of books!

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.

—Jacqueline Kennedy

It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations—something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.—Katherine Patterson

Whether you are a conventional classroom teacher or a home school mom, we encourage you to create a reading nook that will encourage reading. Reading corners don't need to be elaborate, but go ahead and add that throw blanket, that lamp, bring your child a refreshing drink and celebrate books with him!

Read to your children and interact with books in this corner. Borrow books from the library if you don't have enough of your own. Showcase different artists and authors that have created multiple books. Display seasonal books. Perhaps you can encourage a book reading challenge and treat them all to a new-to-them book. Here is an excellent must-read book list from The Dock for Learning if you are needing ideas.

I hope these pictures inspired you to create your own reading corner for the next school term. Thanks to Stephanie Neuenschwander, Victoria Yoder, and Janna Schrock for sharing their inspiring photos!

We plan to be at the Hope Teacher's Institute in Spring Grove, PA. with our creative writing curriculum, stationary bundles, and other goodies you won't want to miss! Have a good rest of your July.

-Jennifer Yoder

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