12 Stylish Bookshelves to Encourage Your Little One’s Love of Reading

published Apr 15, 2022
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When you have a child you quickly come to realize that with that child comes a lot of stuff. Yes, clothing and toys make up the majority, but there’s another category of items you’re likely inundated with as well: books. 

Whether they were nursery gifts or part of a library you personally started for your little one, you’d be hard-pressed to find a kid’s room without a few classics on the nightstand — and with good reason. Studies have shown early reading intervention to help with everything from emotional wellness to cognitive health to linguistic skills, with one study estimating that children who are read to during their first five years of life are introduced to 1.4 million more words in this time frame than children who are not read to. Not to mention, storytelling has a great effect on a child’s imagination

Suffice it to say, books are a must. That being said, housing all those books can be a challenge — without the right equipment, that is. Below, we’ve rounded up 12 of the most stylish kids’ bookshelves on the market today that’ll have your little one more than excited for their next bedtime story.

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was $110.00

This sweet display is a lovely little way to get books off the floor. Best of all, it’s low enough that you can practice clean-up skills after reading time is over.

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was $119.99

If floor space is precious, think vertically. This wall shelf is great for those with a large collection. It features four shelves in a chic, classic styling that’ll look good in any nursery, kids’ room, or playroom.

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Pottery Barn Kids

Looking for a bookshelf with some extra storage? This Pottery Barn Kids pick features three bookshelves up top while the open storage compartment below works great for things like bins and baskets to hold toys, clothing, or, you know, more books.

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was $124.99

Create an instant reading nook with this Kidkraft favorite. Part bench and part shelf, this roomy bookcase is a dream.

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was $36.07

The sling bookshelf is popular for a reason. This sturdy, multi-colored version features four tiers and is perfect for housing books of all sizes.

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The Tot

Talk about easy on the eyes! The Tally bookshelf is a designer and parents' favorite for its Scandi-chic design coupled with easy access for children of all heights.

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Acrylic is having a moment and this book cart is the perfect example why. The Presto is a modern beauty with an especially enticing feature — an angled top shelf that keeps books from falling off.

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West Elm

Reading and creativity go hand in hand so it only makes sense to store books creatively, too. Aside from offering a fun, whimsical element to your kids room, the Babyletto Cactus Bookcase also offers an impressive amount of shelves for lots of storage.

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To keep that MCM-flair of yours going throughout every room of the house, opt for this mid-century pick, complete with crisp, clean lines and tapered legs.

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For fans of floating shelves, go for this Amazon favorite. Sturdy and easy to install, we like the containment bar across the center that keeps books safe and secure.

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West Elm

Part game storage, part book storage, the Mid-Century Toy Dump from West Elm is the perfect piece for those looking to keep game night goods reigned in, too.

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was $260.22

This KidKraft Little Dreamer nook may just be our favorite of the bunch. With tons of storage and a cozy seat to curl up in, it’s time to let imaginations run wild.