Making a Reading Space

Creating a comfy book nook, just for you!

Series 3 | Lesson 12

Creators | Ben McKenzie & Kirli Saunders

Having a special space of our own that’s just for reading can be an amazing way to take time out from the world. In this lesson, Ben and Kirli will tell us all about how we can personalise a reading space in our home or school.

This lesson encourages students to develop their appreciation for reading, and to understand the importance of setting aside time for reading in their day. It asks them to think about creating a dedicated reading space in their home or school, where they can take ‘time out’ from the world and engage with a good story.

Key Concepts:

  • What is a reading space?
  • Why is having a dedicated reading space valuable?
  • How can we make a reading space of our own?


  • Some simple things around our home and classroom that we can use in our own reading space.
  • Ways of reading and taking time out of the world with a book.

Resources for

Making a Reading Space

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Series 3 Lesson 12 resources on green background
  • Things to Build a Book Nook poster with fun ideas for making a reading space.
  • A Reading Journey worksheet and Quiz for planning your reading and setting goals.
  • A Reading Space Sign template to personalise with your own book tastes!
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About Making a Reading Space Creators

Ben McKenzie

Ben McKenzie is a performer, writer, game designer and nerd for all seasons. 

He teaches creative writing at 100 Story Building, and as part of Collarts’ comedy degree, and runs workshops in podcasting, crowdfunding, and games including Dungeons & Dragons and boardgames.

His favourite dinosaur is Stegosaurus, and his favourite element is helium.

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Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders (OAM) is a proud Gunai Woman and award-winning writer, multidisciplinary artist and consultant.

She’s partnered with global organisations, Google, Vogue, Fender, Qantas and Aesop to celebrate stories and cultivate change.

Her celebrated books among include ‘The Incredible Freedom Machines’, ‘Our Dreaming’, ‘Bindi’, ‘Kindred’ and ‘Returning’ (2023, Magabala)

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