9 Classroom Reading Nook Ideas

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These are layout ideas for your classroom reading nook or independent reading area of your classroom. A reading nook should have a calming atmosphere that is comfortable and quiet. Even the tiniest space can be turned into a reading corner that is soothing for students who want some alone time with a good book. Important things that you can have in your reading nook are tons of leveled books, comfortable flexible seating, a reading tent, extra pillows, reading bulletin boards, wall posters and wall decals, etc.

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Classroom Reading Nook Ideas for Walls

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Reading Posters: These large Sproutbrite READ reading posters and the ‘Reading Will…’ poster set are perfect for reading nooks.

reading bulletin boards for classroom reading nook

Reading Bulletin Boards: You can definitely have a reading bulletin board in your classroom reading nook. See creative examples in this blog post.

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Add a picture backdrop for Ambience: Use a party backdrop or wall paper that matches your classroom theme to give a warm ambience to your class. The theme for the classroom in the picture above is a camping/woodland theme and the teacher added this forest scene camping backdrop under the bulletin board. Lots of options for backdrops can be found here at Amazon.

Classroom Reading Nook Ideas for Floors

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Use bookshelves to section off your reading nook: If you have two or more bookshelves, arrange them around your space to create your reading nook area. The shelves will help to block out distractions so that students can read in peace.

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classroom reading nook rug

Plush rugs and soft pillows for cushioning and comfort: A plush rug in a solid color makes a reading nook inviting because kids love the feel of a soft carpet. Add throw pillows to match your theme for even more soft comfort.

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Milk cratesMilk crates can double as seating stools and book storage seats in small classroom reading nook.

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Use Wall decals: Decorate the walls with a wall decal to set the tone for a calming atmosphere or to have elements that match your classroom theme.

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Use ottomans as seats: Ottomans can double as storage spaces for books and as seats for students. These ottomans come in different colors.

tents for classroom Reading nook

Add a reading tent for your students: A reading tent is an option if your reading nook has the space for it. See examples of how teachers are using reading tents in this blog post.

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I hope you have found some helpful classroom reading nook ideas for your classroom through this post. If you have any questions, you can ask me anything in the comments below.

For making your bulletin boards stay up on cinder block walls, I have some helpful tips in this blog post. More ideas will be added soon.

For more classroom library organization tips, check out this blog post about easy ways to make a classroom library.

Here are related blog posts about reading in the classroom:

Classroom Reading Tents

Reading Bulletin Boards

How to Encourage Reading with a reading tree and book reports

Hands-on Spelling and Reading Activities for Students

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