Every classroom and every school will have different reading areas suited to their pupils. You may have a central library area, individual class reading corners or a combination of both. There are so many options for themes and furniture that you can really enjoy creating the space.
Here are some ideas:
Important things to consider:
- Comfortable seating including cushions, bean bags, carpets and a snuggly chair!
- Good lighting using natural or artificial light to create intrigue and ambiance.
- Practical book storage.
- Decorative personal touches and accessories to draw children in and keep them interested.
In relation to storage, it completely depends on the size of the space you have and the age of the children. Easy access, low level boxes and baskets with front facing books work really effectively for younger children. If spacing is limited, consider wall hung book racks whereas if the space is larger, rotating book centres allow children to gather round and select books together.
Alternatively, if you are thinking of dividing a space, there are some great curved units in a subtle ‘s’ shape which have shelving on one side and writing boards on the other for a dual purpose, or a room divider can create a cosy corner. Book trolleys are also useful for transporting books around. There are some lovely furniture pieces that can be used as both cosy dens for quiet corner seating combined with book storage, some can easily be personalised to your space.
You can theme your reading area, and maybe link it to a class topic. A few examples include:
- Jungle theme – use animal print fabrics and a leaf canopy. See our fantastic immersive backdrops – Forest and green artificial grass rugs and carpets
- Sea theme – textured rugs help to create a coral underwater effect. See our fantastic Under the Sea immersive backdrop.
- Outdoor theme – artificial grass mats are super for this.
- Western theme – use a wigwam or build a tepee-like den for children to read in
Additionally, referring to today’s advanced technology, Jan Ward from TTS explains:
Creating the right atmosphere and environment, as well as subtly incorporating modern-day technology is pivotal in the aim to get more children interested in reading.
With tablets now a part of everyday life, although they certainly should not replace books, they can definitely be used as a tool to engage and appeal to children who may not be as enthusiastic about traditional reading books. You can also include resources that allow children to listen to audio books such as the Easi-Listener CD Player and Easi-Ears headphones.
Creating an inspiring reading area is a great way to motivate children and help them to develop a love of reading!
Take a look at these blogs for some more inspiration: