There are so many things we love about board books here at Nurtured Spaces. Board Books are a great way to invite even young babies into the endless joys of reading. Beautiful books that have simple, bold images, rhythmic phrasing, and easy to follow concepts are wonderful first picks for young children. Board books are hearty enough to withstand even the most drooliest of teethers, and have thick pages that chubby fingers can easily turn and grasp.
But, we’ve found that trying to neatly fit boardbooks on a kids bookshelf can be a bit of a joke. Those crawling, toddling, grabbers will joyfully tear them off the shelf and presto… we have a new activity. The taking-books-off-the-shelf-and-creating-a-giant-pile-on-the-floor activity! While this can be loads of fun for the little people, it often means a constant book-cleanup-management task for the adults. A lovely way to provide book access for young children is to place your board books in a small, basket or bin. When we design a space nurtured just for kids we love choosing a small handful of board books and popping them into a lovely basket, box, or bin that’s just the right size. Too many board books can be overwhelming for young readers. At Nurtured Spaces we often recommend storing your full book collection in a closet and rotating the titles that are available to the kids in their book bins. Finding a home for the little book bin on the bottom shelf of your bookcase is exactly the kind of nurturing we like to provide for children and families. Children can easily access the books and successfully put them away. Adults can model how easy it is to put that board book back in the bin when it is time to be done reading and your young child will soon start to learn that simple routine too. When a child’s playspace is designed with intention and organized in a way that provides opportunities for them to be successful, we are nurturing their play in the best ways.
Come chat with us more about board books and storage options for your home at Made You Look in Portland, OR. Nurtured Spaces is hosting a storytime twice a month at the shop! Put Thursday, March 22, 10:30 am on your calendar and we can’t wait to see you there. `