The Book Nook

By Kathy Ha

Reading independently, in pairs, or in small groups in a book nook supports young children’s literacy development in significant ways.”
V. Susan Bennett-Armistead, Nell K. Duke & Annie M. Moses

A book nook is a place within your classroom where students can sit comfortably and experience lots of different kinds of books.  The books might change as students become curious about new topics or as projects within the class change.

A book nook includes:
•    Lots and lots of books organized in baskets or on shelves where children can see the covers.
•    Comfortable seating – rug squares, rug, pillows, soft chairs

A book nook provides opportunities for:
•    students to build knowledge about books
•    students to retell stories they have read together in class
•    teachers to have some time working with individuals or small groups to think and talk about books together
•    building vocabulary and concepts about print

“The amount of time children spent in the book nook was directly and positively affected by changes to the curriculum, such as:
•    reading daily to children,
•    encouraging reading,
•    talking about books that had been read,
•    inviting guest writers,
•    giving children the opportunity to create their own books,
•    using puppet shows, prop stories, and other creative storytelling methods”
(Bennett-Amistead, V.S., Duke, N.K. & Moses, A.M. 2005.  Literacy and the Youngest Learner: Best Practices for Educators of Children from Birth to 5.  New York: Scholastic.  p. 124.)

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