Monday, July 23, 2007

Storing and Displaying Children's Picture Books

child's book display

It's nice to be able to store children's books with the covers facing outward; this makes it easier for kids to find the books they want. The unit shown above was custom-made by the boy's grandpa, but there are products with the same idea that you can buy.

pick-a-book stand

Jonti-Craft has a whole selection of Pick-A-Book stands - available both in single-sided versions (as shown above) and double-sided versions, in a range of sizes, materials, and colors.

book center

Lakeshore Learning also has some nice book centers, such as the one shown above.

book display with safari-themed decor

Guidecraft has this safari book display, as well as ones with a Noah's ark and circus theme.

book holders shaped like a boy and a girl

Highsmith sells these boy and girl book holders from R·WIREworks.

wall mounted book bin

And here is a wall-mounted option from The Land of Nod.

children's books stored in dishpan

Or you could simply put books in something like a dishpan and put the dishpan on some shelves. You could use a nice basket for a somewhat classier look.

[first photo from Apartment Therapy: The Nursery]


Harry said...

Nice collection of children's picture books..!

Jeri Dansky said...

Harry, I wondered if anyone would look at the books themselves!

Penina said...

is it easier for the kids to keep cleaned up with these bookstorage options, or will mama still have to put the mountains of books back?

Tricia said...

Have you checked out homemade rain gutter bookshelves? Idea first came from Jim Trelease, the read aloud advocate, I think. Lots of blogs have pictures of homemade versions that look quite nicer than you would expect for rain gutters. And they are very cheap to make.

Jeri Dansky said...

Tricia, thanks for bringing up the rain gutter bookshelves - which I am aware of, but neglected to mention in the post. For those who are interested, here's Jim Trelease, writing about them.

Jeri Dansky said...

Penina, you raise a good point: the easier it is to put something away, the more likely it is to happen. That applies to any "picking up after yourself" task that parents can teach their children to do: putting toys away, putting dirty clothes in a laundry bin, etc.

I'm not sure that storage options like this are any easier for putting books away, but they don't seem to be any harder.