To encourage children to read A+A Cooren Design Studio has created ‘Books at Home’, a bookcase inspired by furniture commonly used in libraries and kindergartens that displays inviting and colorful book covers in various formats.
“Offered to the young reader, the bookcase gives an inviting view of the books, and provides easy and convenient handling.” says A+A Cooren. “Made of clear wood which is partly coated with blackboard paint, expanded with a roll of white paper with a space for chalk and pencils, this small piece of multi-functional furniture offers an ideal space for reading and writing. A portable lamp illuminates the different reading postures of the user. A net offers a storage space for a cushion or small personal items such as a blanket.”
“The project is based on a simple observation: many children have no books, no library, no place to sit. If the book does not have its own place, its time, it was far less likely to exist in the child’s everyday life. Having books at home, books that we have chosen, which belong to us, is crucial to create the click of reading and especially to install in a regular practice.” says Sylvie Vassallo, Director of Salon du Livre et de la Presse Jeunesse (The Youth Book and Press Fair) in Seine-Saint-Denis.
‘Books at Home’ is a project implemented in Clichy-sous-Bois by Salon du Livre et de la Presse Jeunesse with the support of the Foundation Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. The project involves the installation of the ‘Books at Home’ bookshelves filled with books in the home of 25 families living in the same neighborhood, Clichy-sous-Bois, to create a dedicated reading area in the apartments. The families are accompanied in the discovery of children’s literature and in the development of reading skills by local facilitators.