If you’re a new or expecting parent, reading to your little one can be done from the start. Not only does it offer more parent-child bonding time, it helps stimulate brain development in young ones. Consider it another worthwhile reason to display all those colourful board books and nursery classics. From floating shelves to bookcases with built-in storage, these kids’ bookshelf options promise to inspire your budding bookworm.
A sweet house-shaped kids’ bookshelf handmade in Quebec that will inspire young imaginations everywhere. We love the inventive design of this piece that will add charm and whimsy to any little one’s nursery room or play space.
Library House Bookcase, Abricotine/Etsy, $110.
If you’re after a budget-friendly bookshelf for kids that’s also space-saving, consider this wooden unit. It features two built-in storage cubbies along with well-sized shelves for showcasing your child’s favourite picture books.
SoBuy Kids Bookcase, Amazon Canada, $130.
These scalloped floating wood shelves (made in collaboration with designer Sarah Sherman Samuel) will add instant character and warmth to a little one’s sleep space. For extra style points, pair a favourite book or two with a stylish toy or framed photo.
Sarah Sherman Samuel Wave Shelf, West Elm, from $104.
Change of Scenery
A nursery room often requires us parents to learn the art of maximizing a small space. Thankfully, IKEA kept this in mind when designing their change table and bookshelf hybrid. The best part? The change table piece can easily be removed when your child grows older, as pictured here.
SMÅGÖRA Changing Table/Bookshelf, IKEA, $139.
Home Sweet Home
Is it a dollhouse, or a bookcase? While designed as a kids’ bookshelf, the truth is, this stylish rattan piece can become whatever your little one wants it to be. Hang it on the wall, and display a few sweet reads with other meaningful items.
Rattan House Bookcase, Zara Home, $319.
This ultra-affordable kids’ bookshelf is crafted from recycled fabric. Its child-friendly design also helps keep books at eye level for little readers, so they can browse and choose their favourite ahead of bedtime.
3 Sprouts Recycled Fabric Book Rack, Amazon, $55.
We love this modern two-tone bookshelf for injecting a needed dose of colour into any neutral kids’ room. The horizontal design and petite storage compartments promise to help maximize space while keeping things ultra cute and organized.
Rue Midnight Blue Wood 3-Cube Low Bookcase, Crate and Barrel, $449.
If you’re willing to invest in quite literally a miniature library for your little, this storage solution is for you. The chic, clean design will suit any space, plus it boasts a low overall height to help young ones reach each shelf. Bonus: it’s also sustainably produced.
Mini Library, Oeuf Canada, $995.
We can’t say enough good things about this wooden Montessori-style kids’ bookshelf that beautifully displays books in a front-facing fashion so little hands can browse with ease. There’s also the option to personalize the bookcase and add your child’s name to the bottom shelf.
Large Montessori Bookshelf, Wooden Balance/Etsy, $205.
If you’re extra tight on space, look for a kids’ bookshelf that’s multi-purpose. This option features a top rack for displaying a handful of reads, together with three open cubbies for showcasing more books and small toys. The hooks are also a convenient space to hang your child’s backpack, or clothes for the day ahead!
Harriet Bee Floating Shelf Kids Bookcase, Wayfair Canada, $142.