Creating a Kids Reading Nook for the Summer

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As an education graduate, I spent a semester back in 2006 studying and teaching young children to read. Basic reading skills are essential for all children and helps them to develop and grow over time.

Providing kids with opportunities to read over the Summer Holidays is one great way parents can help kids to become better readers. Today, I’ll be sharing a few ideas and ways you can promote literacy in the garden setting over Summer. If you want to get your kids into books then check out this list of chapter books for kids here.

make a reading nook

Creating a Reading Nook

Creating a reading nook for kids does not have to be difficult. In fact, you can grab a few blankets, some cushions and some of your kids favourite books and set up a small reading nook in the comfort of your own back garden.

If your’e looking to create something a little more luxurious or substantial for the whole Summer period, you might want to look at investing in some garden furniture. A comfortable garden daybed from would be a great setting for encouraging the kids to read and could double as a relaxing space in the evenings for the adults.

Check out this post for books for children with ADHD.

How to Create a Cosy Reading Nook

You can have as many or as little things in your garden reading nook as you like. If you’re wanting to store books outside for a period of time then getting a large garden parasol can come in handy to protect books and activities from Summer showers and to keep both you and the kids safe under the shade when the sun is shining bright.

Other items you may want to include in your diy reading nook might be:

  • Blankets
  • Throws
  • Cushions
  • Calming Plants
  • Paper and Pens
  • Magazines
  • A Ice cooler with drinks and treats – food always comes in handy!

Don’t forget to checkout our list of fantastic books for preschoolers here!

Literacy Activities for Younger Children

In addition to providing kids with books to read you may want to include other literacy promoting activities in your boho reading nook. You could make a small sand tray and place plastic letters and use these to teach the little ones the names and sounds of the alphabet.

Even more fun, create a DIY frog sensory garden and add letters to plastic frogs and lilly pads. Get the kids to join up the correct frog to the correct lilly pad and encourage letter recognition at the same time.

You could have garden theme days and run fun activities alongside the books you read in your kids reading nook to extend children’s learning and allow them to have fun as they master the basics of the alphabet.

frog sensory activity for preschool kids

Finding a Reading Nook Chair

If you don’t have space or want a large daybed for reading and chilling with the kids there are some other fun options.

You might be able to find a hammock or buy a super cute and fun hanging egg chair .

There are so many options but the most important thing is to make your garden spot cosy and inviting and to encourage the kids to read and have fun over the Summer. You could even visit the local library and choose some books the kids have never read before.

Have fun this Summer and why not give Very a visit online to see how you can create a great Summer Garden space for the kids and family.

Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts and having fun as a family. Angela has also taught cooking skills and loves to share both family recipes and easy crafts here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!

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  1. I would love to do this for my kids. I think having a reading nook is a wonderful idea. My youngest and I especially love to read.

  2. This post gave me so many ideas on how to create a nice reading nook. We have a spare small room in the house and it is usually here where I get to spend some alone time reading or watching a good movie. I will have to make some changes to make it more comfortable and conducive for reading.

  3. I love that you included a cooler with treat and drinks in it. Sometimes kids look forward to that, kinda like a reward for their patience.

  4. I absolutely love this side idea and honestly… I always have had a reading nook in my kids bedrooms when they were growing up. It is a nice look to the room plus the kids will grab books and read when they are available like that. Also love to see Dr Seuss books up there as they were my absolute favorites as a kid!

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