I'm pretty sure that our home is like many other young families' homes all over Britain in that the vast majority of the children's toys and books are stored in a large, cuboid, storage system from a well-known Scandinavian company. It's efficient, cheap and it works.
Only it doesn't.
It doesn't work for books.
Granted they fit, and you can actually get a lot of them in the sections, but the problem that I've discovered is that The Boy forgets that they're there. For the vast majority of the time he does not remember about his fifty or so books in the dining room storage unit because he can't see them.
There is a reason that libraries and book shops tend to have children's books with the cover facing outwards, because actually, children do judge a book by its cover.
That is the philosophy of a company who I am proud to be an ambassador for; Tidy Books. Tidy Books recognise that children, specifically pre-readers, actually only have the bright and colourful covers to use in order to select a book to 'read'. They can't read the title on the spine or the blurb on the back, and therefore it's important for them to see the picture clues on the front cover so they can select the book they would like to 'read'.
And so I found myself being sent one of their excellent children's bookcases which presents the child's books in an attractive way and means they can actually see the books that they have. Construction was easy, it took us fifteen minutes at midnight the night it came to pop it together. The next morning my husband screwed it to the wall through the pre-drilled holes to prevent topples, and it was all ready for The Boy.
The Boy walked into the dining room that morning after we'd put it together and said, "Oh wow, a new bookcase! And who bought me all those new books?"
He had no idea that they were his. Not because we don't read with him, but because he couldn't see them on a daily basis, and as with most children; 'out of sight is out of mind.'
We chose the Tidy Books children's bookcase in white (although it also comes in natural, blue and pink) and one without letters on it. The range comes with the aforementioned colourways with lowercase letters on, there is also a natural with uppercase letters and a plain natural. We went for the one without letters for longevity at his age, if he had been two years old then we'd have chosen a bookcase with letters on it to use as a learning tool.
The bookcase stands a little taller than The Boy at 115cm tall and is 77cm wide. But here's the best bit; as you can see from one of the photos above, it barely protrudes from the wall as it is only 7cm deep. Yet in these dimensions it can hold up to 85 books of varying shapes and sizes.
With four shelves, arranged at different heights (two for tall books, two for shorter ones) it is incredibly easy to fit them all in. We've arranged it so that the heavy hardback and noisy button books (technical term) are at the bottom, mid-sized storybooks on the next two shelves, and large pictures books along the top shelf. At present we have around 50 books on there and there is plenty of space for more.
Furthermore the bookcase, which is finished in an eco-friendly water-based lacquer, is made with wood from sustainable sources. The high-quality materials and easy construction make it a lasting investment, and it comes with a five year guarantee. Although I have no doubt that the bookcase will last for many years to come.
At £109.00 for the bookcase above, it might seem initially like a more expensive option than the cheaper identikit storage units I mentioned at the beginning. But then I counter this with the amount of money I've spent on books which used to sit on the bookcase not being read, and that seems like a more expensive option and a complete waste of money. The Tidy Books bookcases engage children in reading, and reading is one of the greatest skills a child can have; it unlocks gateways to new worlds of wonder and imagination.
And you can't put a price on that.
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I am a Tidy Books Ambassador and was sent this product for the purpose of this review. My opinion is honest and unbiased.