We'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.
This 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 🙂
Putting 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.
The 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!).
You 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.
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