Geraldine Grandidier says the design was "born out of my own family’s needs," after she was dissatisfied with traditional bookcase designs while looking for one for her daughter. "Children don’t choose books from the spine but from the cover, and when a child takes a book from a traditional bookcase, the rest collapse," she says. Her solution includes forward-facing shelves in varying heights, almost reminiscent of theater seating, on both sides, and can display and hold books of all shapes and sizes. Grandidier added a built-in handle, and a play clock to help little ones learn to tell time.
The box is fairly easy to put together and holds a surprising number of books. My six-year-old daughter and I tried one out (in Natural), placing it near her bedside table to hold the usual overflow of favorites normally stacked there. Even in the very small room, the Tidy Books box provides easily movable storage and a simple way for her to recognize and select her own reading material. It's also satisfyingly reminiscent of the children's display shelves at the library.
For larger and varying spaces, Grandidier has also created full-size outward-facing bookcases and bunk bed book cubbies.
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Erika Heet has been working in publishing for more than 20 years, including years spent as a senior editor at Architectural Digest and Robb Report. She has written for Architectural Digest, Robb Report, Interiors, Bon Appétit, Sierra Magazine, and The Berkeley Fiction Review. She recently wrote the foreword to New Tropical Classics: Hawaiian Homes by Shay Zak. She lives in a Topanga cabin with her artist husband and two children.