As parents well know, kids books seem to multiply when you’re not looking: baby shower books, birthday present books, picture books from the local bookstore — the list goes on. This is mostly great: There’s not really any such thing as too much reading for a kid, considering how much it advances language acquisition and comprehension skills. But books need space, and they belong in a kids’ bookcase. Which is why having the perfect kids’ bookshelf is so important — to stow the books away and to look good doing it. Book storage that is good-looking and easily accessible to kids makes the reading area of your kid’s room pleasant and can create positive associations with books and reading. The best kids bookshelves we found not only provide ample space for your kid’s ever-growing collection of books, but are also easy for kids to use and fun to look at.
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This eye-catching cactus bookcase is a fun addition to your kid's playroom or bedroom. Eight open and roomy compartments leave lots of space for books, toys, and tchotchkes. Also, it's a cactus! So, it doubles as scenery for make-believe play. The weight limit is 50 pounds.
Modern and streamlined, this 31 inch bookcase holds both picture books or bulky toys or both. It's made from a combination of kiln-dried maple and hardwood-engineered wood, is hand-sanded and hand-painted, and all finishes are GREENGUARD Gold-certified for low chemical emissions. Plus the bookcase comes preassembled, so there's minimal effort on your part.
Hoot, hoot owl. The fierce bird is the whimsical face of this bookcase, which is from the brand that has made toy storage smart and simple. It's a combo of manufactured wood and fabric, 24 inches tall, and has front-facing book storage so kids can choose their favorite stories. Given its 10 pound weight limit, this is for picture books only.
When you buy furniture for kids, you want them to be able to safely use it, but it to also grow with them so you don't have to replace it every two years because it just looks too babyish. Enter Floyd. This bookcase in particular is totally modular and incredibly durable. It features powder coated steel shelves and ash supports. You can keep adding to it, both in height and width, as your kid gets older. And it looks just as at home in the living room as the play room, which is always the goal.
The key to making kids love books is to make them readily accessible and even simpler to put away. This book caddy, normally $90, does just that. It has a triangular top shelf that keeps book spines facing up, and has a lower shelf that is perfect for toys, arts, and crafts. It's made of manufactured wood and the weight limit is 50 pounds.
Another option if you'd rather invest in something that will last until your kid goes to college: This wall-mounted bookcase can work either horizontally or vertically, depending on the size of the room and your kid's needs. It's milled from solid ash, and is simple to mount. It's 10 inches deep, so there's enough room for a select number of toys, or books, which is clearly the preferred option.
ECR4Kids furniture is used in schools and libraries, so it's designed to take a beating and last forever. This display bookshelf is designed with safety in mind — it's Greenguard gold-certified and completely non-toxic, and has all rounded edges — but is also attractive, in solid wood. It won't hold your kid's whole book collection, but the books that are in it will get read, since kids see (and get excited about) the covers. There's also a two-sided version and another with a built-in whiteboard.
Made out of natural rattan, this bohemian-inspired bookshelf is the chicest way to amp up your kid's play space. The design works best for older kids or babies who aren't walking yet, since the rattan is just asking to be climbed or snapped. But it holds a ton of books and looks grown-up enough to use anywhere in the house.
This adorable bookstand fits perfectly in the corner of any room, especially if you don't have space for a larger full-sized bookshelf. It's a great way to keep the picture books that are currently in circulation on display to easily choose from before nighttime reading. Plus, there's extra space at the bottom to stow away any extra items that may be littering the floor.
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