Encourage Your Children to Read More with a Tidy Books Bookshelf

girlsreadingWe’ve all seen the statistics about children who have books available to them at home. Data shows that children who are read to (and read) at home have a higher success rate in school.

  • The more types of reading materials there are in the home, the higher students are in reading proficiency (Educational Testing Service, 1999. America’s Smallest School: The Family.)
  • Students who do more reading at home are better readers and have higher math scores. (Educational Testing Service, 1999. America’s Smallest School: The Family.)
  • 26% of children who were read to 3-4 times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet compared to 14% of children who were read to less frequently. (U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2000.)
  • The home environment – specifically the availability of reading material – is a stronger predictor of later academic achievement than socioeconomic status. (Bridges to literacy, David K. Dickenson, 1991.)
  • In the US, growing up in a home with 500 books would propel a child 2.4 years further in education than would growing up in a similar home with few or no books. (Research in Social Stratification and Mobility)
  • Children who are read to frequently are more likely to count to 20 or higher, write their own names and
  • read or pretend to read (U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2000.)

Our girls have a ton of books at home, my guess is hundreds of books. I have always cherished books, and hoped for my girls to do the same.

They have always shown an active interest in books, but due to our space constraints, their books have been kept in drawers in their room. This makes it hard for them to access them without an adult’s help – not the best way to encourage them to read the books regularly.

I was just telling Brian that we really needed to get a bookshelf for the girls since their book drawers were full and I felt like they didn’t have easy access to the books they do have when I was approached by Tidy Books. After checking out their website, I was instantly in love with their concept.

Instead of showing the spines of the books like most bookshelves, it allows the books to face out so your kids can see what books they want to look at or read.

tidy-bookshelf-booksThis Tidy Books bookshelf holds around 85 books. I was shocked how much I could fit in it. We own far more books than will fit in one shelf, but we can rotate them out to keep the selection fresh.

I sincerely believe that the girls have much more interest in their books now that they’re easily accessible and they can see what they want to read rather than throwing an entire drawer’s contents of books on the floor to find what they’re looking for.

We’ve actually instituted a new policy during quiet time and time out since we got the Tidy Books bookshelf. The girls are allowed to look at books, but not play with any of their own toys during this time. Anything I can do to encourage reading!

I love how narrow the bookshelf is. The girls share a room, and their queen sized bed takes of the majority of their room so I was so happy with how small the profile is. If we had more space, I’d love to add a second bookshelf to their room. Someday soon :-)

tidy-bookshelf-profilePutting the bookshelf together was relatively easy as well. I put together most of the furniture in our house, and it took me about 45 minutes from start to finish.

tidy-books-assemblyThe directions were easy to follow, and many of the steps used the included an alan wrench – others used a Philips screwdriver (and let me tell you how proud I was when I asked Zoë to bring me a Philips screwdriver and she knew what I was talking about!).

tidy-books-screwsYou do need a drill gun to adhere the bookshelf to the wall and prevent it from tumbling over, so make sure you’re aware of that before ordering one.

I haven’t even told you the best part yet. The Tidy Books bookshelf is eco-friendly! The bookshelf is made from lime wood from sustainable sources and a clear or coloured water-based lacquer finish that is safe and odor free. The bookcases are handmade and original.

We are absolutely in love with our Tidy Books bookshelf, and I can’t believe it has taken me so long to discover them! If you’re looking for an eco-friendly bookshelf that will encourage your children to read more, purchase a Tidy Books bookshelf.

Click here for your chance to win a Tidy Books Bookshelf!

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  1. Brooke W says

    I love how slim this book shelf is and that that kids can see the covers of the books instead of the spines.

  2. sarah robertson says

    this is so awesome! my kids would love it! it is hard for them to pick out their book of choice or find their fav books when they can only see the binding! this makes it so they can see the cover :) reading starts in the womb! every kid deserves a book- or 50!

  3. amber says

    We love books! Right now, we are in the process of creating a boy cave, the man.cave was overruled, so a bookshelf to display books in the reading corner would be fantastic! I would put out books for the sesson and display them! So cool!!

  4. tina m says

    This would look awesome to showcase all the books my daughter has in her room! It would be a perfect addition!!

  5. Diana Cote says

    These bookcases are adorable and perfect for kids. :) My daughter would love one now she has a new found love for books and mommy reading her stories. :)

  6. gina says

    I have been wanting one of these bookcases since last Christmas. They are so expensive though that we can’t really afford one right now. Would love to win this!

  7. Belle Windham says

    My son and I would both love this bookshelf in our house. We all have books, everywhere. They are in stacks all over the house. I would love them to be put away but still accessible for a soon to be 5 year old.

  8. sheri anderson says

    This would be so awesome for my two grandsons!! The oldest will be 3 in Oct and the youngest is 7 months. Thanks so much for the chance!! As a child my most prized possession was my books, I treasured them and still have some originals that I grew up with and loved!

  9. Amanda Alvarado says

    I like how thin it is and that it doesn’t take up a lot of room! I know all of dd’s book wouldn’t fit but at least we’d be able to rotate them around!

  10. Kelly says

    I think that reading is super important for young children. This bookshelf would be such fun, and including the children would in turn, show them how much fun reading, books and building can be. Love this idea.

  11. Erika Messer says

    I saw this bookshelf about a year ago on a website and just fell in love with it! My daughter has Williams syndrome and although she is 7 she can’t even write yet and is just learning her letters – I thought this would be such a great way to put her books where she can figure out where they are because she can’t read the titles yet :)

  12. Natasha Chapman says

    Such a quality piece of furniture for kids. It seems like it is harder and harder to find cute furniture for kids that will last. This is perfect!

  13. Da-Hedgehogi says

    This is so cute! What a wonderful bookcase. Little ones can see and pick whatever book they like. I would love the white one! We have a lot of books as well!

  14. Ashley F says

    We would love this bookshelf. It would be much easier for my daughter to pick out and put books away on a shelf like this.My 2 year old loves to be read to and will bring 5 or 6 books to me and have me read all of them to her in one sitting!

  15. Sarah Oswald says

    My house is so small and this would be great for not taking up much room but yet it holds 85 books great product. I love it thanks for sharing

  16. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says

    I just love tidy books. They have so many awesome items to choose from. I love the bookshelf. Would love to win this awesome giveaway for my niece Stella.

  17. Karen Propes says

    I love this bookshelf, what a great idea to show the covers, kids can see exactly what they want and get it. Being so thin is great for our home, not a lot of space, but we do have space for it. I love it, and I know she will love it too!

  18. Allyson Bossie says

    We have so many books, that an entire closet is full of boxes of books. I pull them out as needed during the school year since they always have reading competitions at school!

  19. Tiffany says

    I had my husband build some book shelves (4 to be exact – and they are very big) to hold all of the books we have for our boys. Books are the best gifts!

  20. Alona Y says

    I love this style of bookshelf! I have been a huge bookworm my whole life and my grandma volunteered at our library for 25 years, her influence was huge on my love of reading!

  21. Bethany Ordish says

    Looking forward to purchasing this for my nephew! The biggest selling points to me are that it is eco-friendly and conserves space!

  22. robyn donnelly says

    I love your idea for a childs bookshelf. I have a similar one at home from years ago but it comes in handy.

  23. christine j says

    the idea of this is incredible, i love the alphabet design. I saw this on a blog 2 years ago and have wanted one ever since. i love that you can also get this in color!

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