create a reading nook

As summer vacation beckons, it’s a time for kids to let loose and just play. It’s also a good time to let them read books of their own choosing to foster their interests. In our family, we often plan a visit to a new library when we have a rainy summer day. We read as many books there as we can, then put them away and say goodbye till next time. Having a “new” place to read can help keep the fun in an educational activity, for both little kids and big kids.

Pottery Barn Kids partnered with PBS Kids to promote the Summer Reading Challenge. Read any 8 titles from their recommended list and receive a free book! PB Kids stores also have weekly story times where kids can help reach their goal. The challenge runs through July 17th.

Creating a summer reading nook is another way to encourage reading during the quiet times of the day. On a recent visit to Pottery Barn Kids, they shared their ideas for a successful reading nook.

create a reading nook

There are also some fun book plate DIY projects to make with the kids for their favorite books. I tried making a couple at the Pottery Barn Kids store and will do it again with my kids. The downloadable templates for the project is found on the Building Blocks blog, a fun collection of ideas from Pottery Barn Kids.

  DIY book plate

Here is the list of books included in the challenge:

·         Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

·         Big Brothers Don’t Take Naps by Louise Borden

·         Corduroy by Don Freeman

·         Curious Baby Counting by H.A. Rey

·         Good Night, Good Night Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld

·         Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise

·         Heads by Matthew Van Fleet

·         How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? By Mark Teague

·         How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?  by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

·         Ladybug Girl by David Samon and Jacky Davis

·         Llama Llama and the Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney

·         Madeline and the Old House in Paris by John Bemelmans Marciano

·         Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney

·         Olivia by Ian Falconer

·         Paddington Bear by Michael Bond and R.W. Alley

·         Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes by James Dean and Eric Litwin

·         Sniff by Matthew Van Fleet

·         Tallulah’s Toe Shoes by Marilyn Singer and Alexandra Boiger

·         The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

·         What Sisters Do Best/What Brothers Do Best by Laura Numeroff and Lynn Munsinger


Ready to create a new summer reading nook for your kids? To kick things off, Pottery Barn Kids is offering a $25 gift card to one lucky winner. Please leave a comment below naming your favorite childhood book. Contest is open until Saturday June 7th. Winner will be notified via email.

15 replies
  1. Emily says:

    I have many fond memories of lots of books – two favorites are Ferdinand and Sloppy Kisses!

    This reading challenge sounds great, I’m looking forward to reading these books with my son.

  2. Sam Stamp says:

    A Porcupine Named Fluffy was my favorite Childhood book. I actually still have it and look forward to reading it to my children.

  3. Susan says:

    Loved Dr. Seuss books . As I got older, the Little House on the Prairie series was definitely my favorite.

  4. Florence Entleutner says:

    My favorite young childhood book was Green Eggs and Ham…my mom read it so well.
    When older I liked the boxcar children and Little House on the Prairie series.

  5. Kristen says:

    We have many of the books on this list, but two of them in particular stand out as huge favorites in our house- goodnight goodnight construction site, and Pete the cat. As for my own favorite childhood book, I loved the Berenstain Beara books, especially the new baby one where Brother outgrows his bed and learns to accept his new baby sister 😉

  6. Meredith Penhollow says:

    I loved all the Judy Blume books and Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

    I loved reading as a child and still do to this day. More importantly, I love that my children have also found this passion!

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