Organising children's books

Our kids love having stories read to them, so we have lots of books stored throughout the house. My son has a great big bookcase in his room for all his stories, which is a great storage piece. Here's how I categorized and organised the books on his shelves.

The only problem with having such a big bookcase was that having so many books on each shelf meant that it wasn’t easy for him to easily flip through and find what he was looking for. We found he was choosing the same story over and over, just because it was the easiest to grab at the end of the stack. This is what it looked like last year with the new bookends my husband made. Since then, we have added quite a few more books, so the shelves were getting pretty full.

I decided to separate the books out and use the bookend dividers (that I still haven't gotten around to painting!), and some pet rocks that my son made with his Aunty, to categorise and create small 'groups' of books. This would make it easier for him to discover new stories and quickly and easily find what he was looking for.

In some sections, I grouped the books by type (‘Golden books’ or Disney-themed), or by author (Shirley Hughes, Pamela Allen, Julia Donaldson)....

While other sections were based on the size of the book...

Or a 'series' (e.g. Disney, Dinosaurs).

The upper shelf holds 2 sets of blocks, while the top shelf has special photos and memories.

Not sure how long it will remain looking like this (!) but at least things are easy enough to reorganise with everything in sections.

This side of the room is looking great now with the art display and gallery wall. We have some plans for switching things up in this room soon, but the bookshelf can easily be moved around and will remain organised!

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