A book nook

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:

About sarahcondie

I am a Christian, a wife, a mother, an ex-librarian, a minister's wife, a women's Pastor, a quilter, a reader, I enjoy thinking about things slowly, I love cups of tea, I love sitting at my kitchen table in dappled sunlight and chatting with my friends, my children's friends, my family abut anything and everything.
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5 Responses to A book nook

  1. Jess Smith says:

    Hi Sarah! I’d love to see your books categorised by age group! At the moment Aurora is loving the Susie Poole pupfish books, ‘Penguin’ by Polly Dunbar, ‘Shhh! little Mouse’ by Pamela Allen, ‘1 Hunter’ by Pat Hutchins, ‘One Woolly Wombat’ by Kerry Argent, ‘One Ted Falls out of Bed’ as well as ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’ by Julia Donaldson. We love going to the library and there are new favourites every week!

  2. Angela Cook says:

    Hi Sarah! I would love to see that list too! I have just set up a small book nook at St Annes and its got mostly very old bible story books in it. I am planning to ask for donations to get something more exciting, but at least we have something! was such fun to see and hear you at the conference a few weeks ago!

  3. millie says:

    At KP we have a very small one and I would love to build it up! So lots of suggestions would be great! The ones that the kids enjoy over and over again (and that I don’t mind reading over and over again ;)) Are the ones like ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ ‘I went walking’ ‘my cat likes to hide in boxes.’ My mum has also instilled in me a love for Mem Fox books but we dont have any upstairs yet 🙂

  4. Cathy Turner says:

    Here’s some suggestions for a family book nook – books with lots to think/talk about for 3 – 8 year olds – “Tootle”, “Scuffy” (both Golden books), “Dogger”,”Mr Potters Pigeon”,”Ping”.
    – books with beautiful things to look at and imagine with for 3 – 8 yrs – any of the Jeannie Baker photographed collage books, “Spring” “Summer” “Autumn” “Winter” story series.
    – books to make you laugh for 3 – 8 yrs – any Richard Scarry books, “Piccollo Pepperoni’s Perfect Pizza” or “Rosie’s Ice cream Shop”.
    – books for 5 – 10 yrs – any James Herriot books (“Only One Woof”, “The Christmas Kitten”..), any Robert McClosky’s books (“Make Way for Ducklings”, “One Morning in Maine”..), Mary Taylor books (“Old Blue”, “Dyptoe the Yellow Eyed Penguin”).
    – books for 8 yrs and up – the Narnia series, “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” series, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, any Colin Theile books (“Storm Boy”, “Shatterbelt”, “Aftershock”, “Jodie’s Journey”, “River Murray Mary”…)
    Happy reading.

  5. Great blog 9/10! Bookmarked 🙂

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