Organize your kid’s books with ease! Discover practical tips and clever storage solutions to create a magical reading environment.
Do your kids have too many picture books and board books and you have no way to keep them organized? Are you tired of tripping over piles of colorful children’s books scattered all around your home? Trust me, I feel your pain.
As a fellow book lover and a parent, I understand the struggle of finding practical and creative ways to store those cherished stories without sacrificing style or sanity. So I rounded up my favorite ways to store and organize your kid’s books.
There are so many different ways, I had a hard time narrowing it down! Hopefully, these will help you corral your kid’s favorite books in the most imaginative and functional way possible. It’s time to officially say goodbye to the book clutter!
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We needed a cheap and easy place put books in our son's room and didn't want to bring in another piece of furniture, like a large bookcase. We made this small kid's bookshelf with 3 wood crates and painted them different colors. It is perfect next to the little tent that he uses as a reading nook.
Check out this step-by-step tutorial with comprehensive build plans for a DIY kids' bedside table featuring a convenient bookshelf. This is one of the best ways to store children's books in their bedroom or in a play room.
Searching for a front-facing bookshelf that caters to your little bookworm? Can you believe this one is made entirely out of cardboard boxes? This is a simple yet impressive alternative to a wooden bookshelf. This project is incredibly easy to make and is a genius storage solution for your child's beloved books. This is such a clever idea for a kids room!
This wooden storage bin couldn't be any easier to make. All you need is a 4x4 sheet of plywood and some small legs to add to the bottom.
She painted the inside of the book bin with pink rainbows to match the rest of this little girl's room, but you could do anything you want on the inside. You could even put wallpaper for a fun look and pop of color. Your kiddos will love having their own books in a special bin like this!
Here's an example of using the vertical space on the walls to hold books. Keeping all the books in your home and making sure they are stored in a way that encourages reading (covers out) will help your kid become an avid reader!
Because these bookshelves don't hold a ton of books, this is a great solution for displaying seasonal books that you rotate in and out. This tutorial walks you through the entire process of building these.
Quick tip for you new parents out there...having your kids' books on display will encourage reading! I love these wide book ledges that double as an art display in this adorable kid's bedroom.
While their little one can't reach all of the books himself, he can see them all. Liz mentions that they are sure to shuffle them around to bring the ones he likes most to the bottom shelves where he can reach them.
Ellen shares so many creative ideas in this article about storing and organizing kids' books. But one of my favorite ideas in the article is storing the books in a dresser drawer. That's not something I've ever seen before! If you have an empty drawer, it's a great little extra space to tuck away some of your kid's books.
She also mentions that it is a good idea to rotate the books you have out at any one time. Once the old books come back out from being stored away, they will feel new and exciting to your little ones.
Rachel turned her daughter's closet into a reading nook and it is so fun! A kid's reading nook will give them their very own special place to snuggle in and relax. She keeps a wire basket on the floor next to the reading nook, but the rest of the books are organized inside of the bench. The seat lifts up providing storage.
IKEA spice racks are a great storage solution for all sorts of things in your home, kid's books being one of them. Sarah created the most adorable reading nook tent in her boy's bedroom and added a few spice racks to the wall for holding their books.
She also added some spice racks to the wall next to the boys' bunk bed so they have easy access to books there as well!
You know the feeling...your kids ask for a specific book and you have no idea where it is among the countless titles on the bookshelf. Meghan came up with a great way to keep her kid's books organized with labeled ice cube plastic bins, which seem to be the perfect size for kids' books. But you could also do the same thing with magazine holders.
With a little bit of chalkboard tape and chalk markers, she creates labels with both written words and a little image that young children that aren't quite reading can associate with the books (ie: a picture of a ladybug for the Ladybug Girl books). So genius!
Everyone agrees that the best way to encourage younger children to look at their books is to have the covers facing outwards.
These fabric slings for books hanging on the wall are a little more unique than the ones you typically see because there are three different sizes because kids' books are all different sizes. They are hanging on the wall with a double curtain bracket, which is definitely one of the more clever ways to hang them!
If you want to keep your kids' reading materials in the living room, this is the right way! Using an old wooden spool, you can store a large collection of books (she estimated almost 100!) It also functions as a side table!
All she did was built a shelf in the middle and added dowels for the books to lean against. After painting, it looks great holding the kiddo's books. It's the perfect size for the larger picture books and board books and provides nice and easy access low to the ground at their level.
But it could also be used for adult chapter books (or even antique books), however, you'd probably want to move the dowels in a little closer to the middle of the spool for chapter books.
How cute is this idea of a library box personalized with the little one's name? This makes a unique baby shower or kid's birthday gift for a toddler or pre-K aged!
If you buy it from this Etsy seller, they also include one previously loved book to start the baby's book collection. Kiddos can easily get library books in and out of the box with their little hands. You can choose from different color options and add legs or not.
This is the perfect solution as a storage container for kids' books, allowing them to stand up with the covers facing out. But it could also be used for toys or you could put it in your living room or a magazine or book organizer.
This free-standing handmade cloud book rack makes ideal storage for books of all sizes. It is a great addition to your child's bedroom or nursery. This Etsy Seller also has some very creative other bookshelves for kids' spaces that are worth taking a look at (including designs that look like balloons, kites, rocket ships, moon, and even giraffes!)
Do you feel more prepared to conquer the chaos of organizing kids’ books? So many great ideas, right? We’ve explored practical tips, clever storage solutions, and even ways to foster a love for reading in our little ones. Remember, organization is not just about tidiness; it’s about creating an environment that inspires curiosity and imagination for your kiddos.
Let’s create spaces where books come to life, where stories ignite young minds, and where the magic of reading thrives.