The great thing about a "cozy reading nook" is that you don't actually need to add them to your classroom. The kids will find and create them all by themselves. Give a student a book and tell them to read where they want and you'll find them under tables, behind your desk, and in any other tiny nook or cranny that is available. However, if administration walks in and finds children lying on the counter they won't care that it is in the name of reading so you'll want some guidelines. Read below to learn more!

This blog post will...

  • explain what a reading nook is, it’s purpose, and factors to consider when planning it
  • suggest items to use to create a reading nook 
  • offers recommendations on how to determine spots

What is a reading nook?
A reading nook is a comfortable space in your classroom where students can read.

What is the purpose of a reading nook?
The purpose of a reading nook is to give students a comfortable space to read in order to foster their love of reading. We want it to be a very positive experience for students.

When planning your reading nook, you should consider three key factors:
  1. Safety: This is the most important factor to consider. Make sure your reading nook follows all of your school’s fire codes and does not put any students at risk.
  2. Productivity: Make sure the reading nook is not too distracting. Remember the purpose is to get your students reading. Try not to make the reading nook too fun, so students are distracted and unfocused.
  3. Comfort: Students are not able to learn and be productive if they are physically uncomfortable, so try to make the space comfortable for your students.
What are items I can use to create a reading nook?

  • Pillows
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping bags
  • Tents
  • Forts
  • Coolers
  • Bean bag chairs
  • Ottomans
  • Couches
  • Yoga mats
  • Papasan chairs

How do I determine the reading spots in my classroom?

  • Work as a class to brainstorm a list of possible "reading nooks."
  • Provide the students with guidelines (need to be seen, can't disturb others, can not be on top of furniture, etc) and narrow down the list.
  • Create a "seating chart" or rotation schedule so that kids are not rushing to claim a specific spot.

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