Published on October 2, 2020

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Photography by Yoshihiro Makino

No matter what back to school means for you during this roller-coaster year, one thing is inevitable: an influx of books in your space. Especially if school and home are one and the same. And while distance learning presents many (so many) challenges, disorderly stacks of books need not be one of them. Establishing a dedicated space for your budding bibliophile’s collection is one of the simpler ways to streamline—thanks to a wide range of organizing solutions that go beyond the basic bookshelf. We’ve rounded up 11 smart options to help you create a special library for your little one and encourage them to enjoy turning real pages as much as swiping on screens. 


When space is of the essence, corral books and toys in the same spot with these multitasking pieces that have areas dedicated for both. Because having a place to thoughtfully arrange books is just as essential as having a catchall for odd-shaped toys and miscellaneous kid clutter.


These compact pieces keep the attention focused on a curated collection. Schoolbooks, new reads, or all-time favorites get a special spotlight when placed in these holders that can be easily moved around—even to a desktop or bedside. We love the versatility of a stylish surface that fits in small spaces and a magazine rack that can be customized to a mini creative’s liking.

Front Facing 

Displaying books at a height that’s accessible to little ones and with covers facing outward is a Montessori-based technique that encourages children to take and use books independently, as well as keep their space tidy. Yes, yes, yes to all of this. Place the most eye-catching covers in front, and your kid’s books will double as decor that can be refreshed regularly.


These small-space wonders move book storage off the ground and onto your walls for some extra square footage. Bonus: Individual shelves mean you can style according to your room; stack a few vertically in a narrow area or wrap some horizontally around a corner to create a cozy reading nook.

Doubles as Art

Fun statement storage pieces—like these two cheerful designs—stand on their own. Meaning less time styling shelfies for your kids or worrying about how things are organized—they’ll look good no matter what’s on the shelves or how those items were (haphazardly) placed there (by tiny hands).

Family Approved 

This piece will go the distance transitioning all the way from nursery to teen years. The rounded edges and arched shape make it especially kid-friendly (you can secure it to the wall in the toddler stage), while the sleek, minimalist design keeps it from feeling too childish—so your own library might get a stylish upgrade one day.

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