The AJ Crib by ducduc NYC – A crib and bookcase in one!

Isn’t this genius?  Perfect for making use of small spaces, the AJ Crib by ducduc NYC doubles as a bookcase with a modern twist.  Available in many funky, bold colors for the most playful of personalities, this wonderfully designed crib will make a statement in any nursery.  This crib/bookcase can certainly have a a life beyond baby, as ducduc also makes a toddler conversion kit.  It would also be perfect for a reading corner in a playroom for young children after they outgrow the toddler bed.

Contemporary Kids Bookcases from The Land of Nod

There are certain stores where you know you can always find what you are looking for.  When it comes to anything kids rooms, playrooms, or reading corners, I can count on The Land of Nod.  They offer unique, contemporary decor and furniture that is durable and practical.  If you are looking for bright, fun, and functional kids bookcases I have a few recommendations for you!

Good Read Book Caddy in Grey
The Good Read Book Caddy from The Land of Nod keeps your favorite children’s books in reach and at a height perfect for young children.  The angled design allows for books to be displayed either as shown, or with the cover facing forward.  The bottom shelf is great for extra storage – I think it would be perfect for those every-night bedtime reads.  Available in a variety of color options.  And how awesome is the multi-color mosaic rug?  A must have.
On the Grid Bookcase in Lime
Inspired by functional lockers, the On the Grid Bookcase reminds me of my junior high days.  I was so pumped to buy a shelf organizer for my locker, which I was sharing with my best friend because that was the “cool thing” to do!  I think this look is perfect for an older child’s room because a) I can see a toddler knocking this over and b) because of the locker room styling.  I favor the lime option because it adds a nice pop of color against a neutral wall.
Open Book Bin in Walnut
Simple, clean design, and perfect for multi-use all describe the Open Book Bin shown here in walnut.  This piece definitely has a life beyond the children’s room and in addition to children’s book storage could be used in a family room for magazine or book storage.  
Jenny Lind Bookcase in Azure
The Jenny Lind Bookcase gets 5 stars for style, durability, and all around cuteness!  Wouldn’t this look so sweet in a little girl’s nursery with a modern vintage theme?

Vintage Suitcase Repurposed to Store Children’s Books

Image Courtesy of Dagmar’s Home

This I like.  No, actually I love this idea for many reasons.  It has everything I like in a DIY book storage project.  It adds a unique, eye-catching design element to the room and it’s relatively easy and inexpensive to complete.

To create your own vintage suitcase to display your children’s books simply follow these steps:

1) Purchase a wooden vintage suitcase.  I think wooden is the best idea because then you always have the option to paint it if necessary.  Vintage suitcases can be found at garage sales and thrift stores, however I find it just easiest to go online.  Sure you might pay a bit more – but sometimes saving time is of more importance to me!

2)  Pick out a cute fabric or paper to be used to line the inside of the suitcase.  For me, this always a trip to Hobby Lobby!  You’ll also need mod podge to attach the fabric or paper, which is easily found at any craft store and even at WalMart.  This product is amazing because it drys quickly and clear.

3)  Optional:  Embellish your suitcase with ribbon and you are done!  Now add your favorite children’s books and you have one-of-a-kind storage solution for your child’s reading space.

{DIY Project}: Window Space turned Reading Nook

Inspired by this children’s book wall, Shirley from These Moments of Mine decided to turn a wasted window space into an adorable reading nook for her kids.  Now this is a relatively easy DIY project anyone can take on.  Check out her blog to follow the transformation step-by-step and view before and after pics.

What if you don’t have a unique space like this in your home?  You could always try creating a reading nook in an unused hall closet, a space under the stairs, or a closet in your child’s room.

Pottery Barn Kids Owl Bookends

Weighted Fabric Owl Bookends from Pottery Barn Kids

Aren’t these cute?  You may have realized by now I kind of have an obsession with all things “owl”.  My daughter’s bedroom is a testimonial to this, even though her favorite animals right now are horses.  I know, horrible of me right?  We recently moved her to a big girl bed.  In the kids aisle at Target, I sure struggled with the ever important decision of the Owl Love n Nature Set or Circo Pretty Horses…I’m sure you can guess what I chose!

Back to the bookends…they will go great in my daughter’s owl-themed room.  They are perfect for displaying a few of your favorite bedtime reads.  Pottery Barn Kids just gets things right!

Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle Wall Decals

Images courtesy of Cozy and Birthday Express

Put the final touches on your little one’s reading corner with these cute Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle wall decals!  Available at Target, they are easy to find and pretty inexpensive.

I love these rooms using the Dr. Suess giant wall decals and The Very Hungry Caterpillar wall decals!

Have you already decorated your child’s reading space using these products?  If so, send us your pictures and we will feature them on Petite Literary!

Original Artwork from BabyLit

Petite Literary is a huge fan of BabyLit – the coolest new way to introduce your little one to classics such as Romeo & Juliet, Pride and Prejudice, and Alice In Wonderland.  One of our featured authors, Jennifer Adams and Illustrator Alison Oliver are the creative duo behind BabyLit, who keep churning out these little masterpieces of art.

Speaking of art…you will adore their line of BabyLit Original Prints! Bold, bright, and whimsicle, they make the perfect addition to any reading corner or book nook.

Which one is your favorite?