Early exposure and literature and story telling is essential for language development and the love of reading. By creating a reading corner children can  find a quiet place where they can avoid distractions and truly indulge indulge themselves in their books.

Preschool Reading Corner Design Brief

Design considerations:
Age group:
Children ages 3-6 years

Natural Elements:
Integrate elements from nature to create a calming atmosphere. Consider using
recycled for bookshelves or incorporating potted plants or nature-inspired artwork to
bring a touch of greenery into the space. Use natural, tactile materials like cotton,
and wool.

Neutral Colours:
Use soft, neutral colours to create a calm and focused atmosphere. Avoid overly
stimulating or bright colours that may distract children.

Minimalist Aesthetics:
Keep the environment simple and uncluttered. Avoid excessive decorations and
unnecessary distractions, allowing children to focus on the activities at hand.

Elements to include in your reading corner:
Soft Furnishings:
Choose soft, comfortable cushions or recycled fabric for seating. Aim for a mix of
textures and calming colours to create a cozy and welcoming reading nook.

Book Display:
Books should ideally be displayed with the cover visible / forward facing. It is
preferable to have space for just a handful of books on display (max 10), with a
storage option for additional books so that reading material can be rotated frequently.
Ensure that books are displayed on low, open shelves or containers to encourage
easy access for children. This promotes independence and allows them to select
and return items without assistance.

Implement creative ways to display books, such as repurposing old crates and
baskets, wooden pallets, and previously loved furniture or reinforce cardboard to
create something new.

DIY Artwork:
Spark the children’s interest by incorporating DIY artwork made from recycled
materials. This could include wall hangings, mobiles, or even a collaborative mural
with pops of colour.

Soft Lighting:
Incorporate upcycled lamps to create a warm and soothing ambiance.

Floor Coverings:
Consider using recycled or diy rugs or carpets for the floor area. This not only
provides a comfortable space for children but also contributes to the overall eco-
friendly theme.

Interactive Elements:
Design elements that engage children actively, such as chalkboards or magnetic
walls for creative expression. Incorporate seating options that allow for flexibility and

Upcycled Furniture:
Explore the use of upcycled furniture pieces for the reading corner. This could
include refurbished chairs, tables, or even repurposed storage solutions.

The reading corner should fit into a space no larger than 4sqm. Generally, the
smaller the better as many of our beneficiaries are very tight on space.

Have fun!
Remember, the objective is to create a space that sparks imagination and curiosity
while promoting a sense of calm and focus. We look forward to seeing your
innovative and sustainable design concepts.

Examples of different types Of Reading Corners: