Winter’s colder temperatures and shorter days make it the perfect season to cozy up into a comfortable and fun reading nook. When designing a classroom, be sure to provide space and resources for a reading corner for kids. A reading nook can be utilized year-round, but winter weather provides ample opportunities to use the space as a warm and cozy alternative to the outdoors.

Reading corners for kids provide a space in the classroom for students to relax and read in a comfortable, accessible setting that can be less intimidating than the school library. A reading nook is also the perfect setting for individual reading and exploration. An inviting classroom library space will encourage students to explore new topics and read new books!

There are many reading nook ideas for kids, but the most important aspect is to make the space as warm and engaging as possible. This will help children perceive the space as a safe space for reading and learning. Consider adding bean bags, pillows, blankets, and soft chairs for reading since a more inviting space will encourage further participation and reading engagement. Colorful rugs, posters, and other decorations will add a cheerful and fun element to your classroom reading nook.

To make your classroom reading nook the perfect space for winter, brighten up the space with wintry wall decorations, such as snowflakes and fairy lights, to recreate the twinkling snow of winter. In no time, all of your students will be clamoring to snuggle up with a classic wintertime book! For more information about setting up your classroom reading nook, read our “Designing Your Classroom Reading Area” article. Be sure to browse the Literacy category for even more tips on helping children develop their reading skills.