We still have a book nook in our home and my youngest child is 18. It is still used and loved. Last week when I was speaking at a conference “Engaging Children with Engaging Stories“, one of my suggestions about encouraging reading concerned book nooks. Most of the delegates worked at churches with children and young people and I encouraged them to create a book nook at their church if they didn’t have one.
To have a safe, quiet place to sit and look at books either alone or with a friend – is a delightful way to fill time. When our children were small, Keith and I often had to get to church early, and our children often sought out the book nook to fill in this time. After church, this became a place where children would congregate, chat and look at books. Beats computer games or DVDs any day.
My church used to have two book nooks, one in the creche and the other in an open area where older children could sit and read either before church, during church or after church. The books it contained were used extensively with the children’s program called “Barniccles” for the 3-5 year olds. Unfortunately, our church was destroyed by a fire five years ago and our book nooks were ruined. Since then, we have been temporarily “camping out” at a different venue. That was more than five years ago, but it looks like our new church will be ready in 2012.
I hope to ensure our new church includes a book nook – if not two. What could I put in this book nook? I have many ideas of what books I would like to see included, but I would love to hear from you as to what book you would include. I would love to come up with a list of books to help those workers who attended the conference last week with tips of what they could include in their book nook. It is over to you: