Creative Ways to Display Books

Card with books on bookshelves in flat design style.

How do you organize your books? Here are some fresh ideas!

In my own home, both children and adult books are organized more traditionally on a bookshelf, a file box on our kitchen table and placed casually on the coffee table. I love these suggestions given by my guest poster today, Jane Blanchard from Modernize. Jane Blanchard is a blogger, home design geek, and graphic designer from Savannah, GA. She currently writes for

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Thank you Jane!

When you have a love and passion for books, it feels good to display them in a fun and creative way that feels inviting and engaging to both a child and parent.

It is so easy to quickly accumulate books for your kids and while most parents want to encourage reading, I know I get frustrated when books are lying around the house and inevitably get ripped or something gets spilled on them. Luckily there are so many cool ways to display children’s books these days that puts the traditional bookshelf to shame.

Spice Rack

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I’ve seen this Ikea hack hundreds of times and I even took the extra step to buy a few of these spice racks from Ikea. But for whatever reason, I’ve been dragging my feet on getting them installed. I need to stop worrying about finding the perfect configuration or painting them the perfect color and just get them up. I know my kids will love that their books are easily visible for them to choose their favorites. These spice racks are only $4 so you really have no excuse not to try this out!

Book Tree

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This is a slightly pricier option but it is so adorable that I’d consider it a home decor piece for your children’s room or even the family room. The various levels allow you to place the books for your youngest child down low within their reach and keep the books for your older children (or even yourself) up high.

Wagon Load of Books

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Most parents have acquired a wagon somewhere along the way but if you are like my family, you likely don’t get that much use out of it. I mean there are only so many parades a year and once your child reaches a certain age, the idea of being toted around in a wagon is less than appealing. Rather than letting your wagon collect rainwater in the backyard, why not dust it off and bring it inside for book storage. Wooden or rustic looking wagons are going to make better decoration pieces out in the living room, but even the plastic Radio Flyer wagons will be cute and functional in your child’s room.

While I realize that it doesn’t take a home design expert to think of this option, it does seem like the window sill in many home is overlooked as a display option these days. Unless you live in a tiny apartment in NYC (or remember your dorm room in college?) and you absolutely have to make use of this space, many of us never think to place decorative objects or even books in the window.

Windows are especially handy for displaying children’s books because they are often the perfect height for kids to reach and access their books. Take it an extra step by organizing the books by size and color so the window display looks intentional. Of course I can’t guarantee that they will stay organized but at least snap a picture for Instagram before your kids take over!

I hope that at least one of these ideas appeals to you and you are able to get that book situation under control. It’s also a good idea to go through your kids’ books twice a year and donate or pass down any books that they’ve outgrown or are no longer interested in. I recommend doing this without their help since they will likely argue that they absolutely love a certain book even if they haven’t picked it up in 6 months.

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