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Create a fun reading area for your little one

Make a story part of your little one’s everyday routine and you’ll establish good reading habits from an early age. Sharing a book with your baby not only aids her language development, but teaches her the physical skills she’ll need to one day read a book for herself. She’ll learn how to hold a book and turn the pages, and that you read the words from left to right and top to bottom. A reading area in the nursery, complete with a comfy seat and favourite books, provides a relaxing space to make this time together all the more special.

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The reading corner basics

Mobile library, £44.25, vertbaudet.co.uk (available in a range of designs and colours)
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The reading corner basics

Castle light, £75, thewhitecompany.com
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The reading corner basics

Gingham bean bag chair, £45, jojomamanbebe.co.uk
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Toddler dens

Make a secret reading den for your toddler and suddenly the idea of reading a book becomes a lot more exciting. Add cosy blankets, cushions and a torch to make it her very own private retreat. Polka dot collapsible tent, £49.99, notonthehighstreet.com
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Toddler dens

Torch, £6, mothercare.com
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Toddler dens

Cardboard teepee, £20.82, notonthehighstreet.com
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Toddler dens

Giraffe teepee, £59.99, mothercare.com
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Books, books & MORE books!

Get creative and use children's books to decorate the walls □as a colourful alternative to pictures. Securely fix rows of narrow picture-ledge shelves to a wall, or use a series of home-painted spice racks, to create an easily reached display of illustrated books. You'll have lots of colourful eye-catching images on display to encourage your youngster to open a book. Spice racks (painted white, £3 each, ikea.com). More decor inspiration is available from thismodernlife.co.uk
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Books, books & MORE books!

These books are written by Benji Bennett with the aim of creating magical memories for children. Benji was inspired to begin writing after the death of his four-year-old son Adam, who is the main character in the stories. There are a range of tales to choose from, and if you buy three, you get the fourth free and a special presentation folder. Plus, part of the sales goes to children's charities. Visit adamscloud.com for more info.
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Favourite characters

Use the stars of your child's favourite books to decorate her nursery and capture her imagination. It's an inexpensive way to brighten a plain room, and easily updated as your child's tastes change. If your toddler has a favourite book, make a 'storysack'. Put the book, along with a few cuddly toys, hand puppets or household items that relate to the story, into a pillowcase so she can play out the story as you read. Guess How Much I Love You wall stickers, £16, mothercare.com
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Favourite characters

Roald Dahl George's Marvellous Medicine cushion, £17, johnlewis.com
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Favourite characters

The Very Hungry Caterpillar wall stickers, £28, mothercare.com

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