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The Tidy Books Bookcase


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The Tidy Books Children’s Bookcase - Grow a reader.


Encourage your child’s love of books and get them ready for learning with the award- winning Tidy Books Children’s Bookcase.

Unlike others, the Tidy Books bookcase is easy for children to use because our original design is practical and makes books enticing. It is an ideal first library.  

You won’t find another children’s bookcase which matches Tidy Books’ design quality, eco-credentials or style.

Designed by a mum, the Tidy Books bookcase was the first front facing bookcase for the home, and it changed the concept of what a ‘good’ kids bookcase should do.   

The design of the shelves allows your child to pick out books for themselves. The bookcase aligns with Montessori child-friendly principles, so you are more than likely to find your child curled up, with a book!

  • Holds up to 85 books of all shapes and sizes  
  • Dimensions: H 115cm, W 77cm, D 7cm
  • Tactile 3D alphabet encourages natural letter recognition
  • Made from sustainable wood with no MDF; better for the planet
  • Quality limewood which will not bend under the weight of books
  • Back panels mean books cannot slip down behind the bookcase
  • Handmade finish**
  • Finished in our pioneering water lacquer which is safe, virtually odourless, and better for the planet  
  • Safe for young children; fixes securely to the wall. Fixings supplied
  • Self-assembly with full instructions supplied  
  • A lasting investment. Will last your family for up to 10 years and can be passed on.

Shop now for your Tidy Books Bookcase and get your child into books.

*Sold out products will have a different delivery time. Refer to product image for details.

**Our designs are handmade and finished with water lacquer. We could have coated the wood with a thick, solvent based acrylic, but we made an ethical choice. Water lacquer is a safe and eco-friendly finish that shows the natural imperfections and grain patterns in the wood. It means your product will have a natural vintagey look in style and finish, with the charm of a handmade product made with natural materials. Water lacquer has low VOCs which means no nasty smells. It’s better for the planet, the producers and your family. Find out more details about our water lacquer and handmade finish on our How we Manufacture Page.



Holds up to 85 children's books


H115cm  x W77cm x D7cm

Assembly Required



Sustainable FSC solid lime wood and lime plywood (No MDF)

Replacement parts

Available to order from us when you need them.


Fixes securely to the wall. Can't be toppled

Safety tested

Manufactured to safety standard BSEN1727

Originality guaranteed

Copyrighted and trademarked design


Fitting your bookcase to the wall

The bookcase is designed to rest on the floor, at about 5cm from the wall. For safety, you will need to screw the top of the bookcase into the wall. The bookcase will lean towards the wall at a slight angle, leaving space for dado rails and skirting boards.

Wear and tear might mean a letter goes missing from your bookcase. If it happens, get in touch and we’ll make sure your bookcase has a complete alphabet once more.

For your child’s safety, we leave the screws uncovered. The bookcase is designed for very small children to use, and a cap or cover on the screws would be a choking hazard.  

The heights of the shelves mean small and large books fit neatly.

Small books don’t get lost, and large books have a home on the differently sized shelves. The dimensions of each shelf are:

  • Top, open shelf:  height 31cm
  • Second shelf down: height 23cm
  • Third shelf down: height 18cm
  • Bottom, fourth shelf: height 27cm
  • Just a reminder, each shelf is 77cm wide and 7cm deep.  

Our product story


Everything I make is designed to be fun and enjoyable for children, to draw them in and foster their sense of independence.  

I created the Tidy Books bookcase because ordinary children's bookcases decorated or not made no sense to me - books fall out. Plus how can you put such thin books of different sizes on an ordinary shelf?  A box doesn't work either as the kids can’t see the covers.  I wanted something that works well for kids and their books and looks good too, so I created the original Tidy Books children's bookcase for my daughter, Adele in 2004.  And this changed the way books are presented to children in the home.

I make sure all my designs are stripped back to keep them looking stylish so they blend easily into a home. It’s about creating a timeless classic that can be passed down through the generations.

My designs give kids the freedom to discover their world by themselves- because kids really do know best."

Geraldine, Founder and Designer of Tidy Books

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