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Pimp My Nursery (Kidlit Style)

So I’m sitting at the reader’s advisory desk today (it’s a small library so I do 2-4 hours a week) with a co-worker and we get to talking about nurseries.  She has a friend who turned theirs into a paean to hunting.  We’re talking arrow theme, faux bearskin rug, and antlers antlers antlers.  This leads to a discussion of nurseries that are based on pop culture themes (for your daily shot of wonder/horror see the Buzzfeed post 20 DIY Pop Culture Themes For Your Baby’s Nursery).

My babies, for the record, did not have “themed nurseries”.  My sense of design is so lacking that basically all I’ve ever done is slap some art into frames, stick ’em on the wall, and call that a job well done.  Yet like a lot of non-crafty / non-designy folks, I have great respect for people who have an idea and see it through.

So what happens when people take nursery inspiration from different works of children’s literature?  Behold the following!

Harry Potter




Oh, take your pick.  This is hardly a new idea.  The article Parents Create ‘Harry Potter’ Nursey for Their Muggle-Born Little Wizard or 27 Ways to Create the Perfect Harry Potter Nursery will guide you in the right (or wrong, depending on how you look at it) direction.

Dr. Seuss





For this one, you may need to know how to stencil.  Stencil reeeeeally well.  Seuss lends himself to the nursery setting, though.  Check out the post Bryson’s Baby Seuss Nursery for an explanation on how it can be done.  These images are just the tip of the iceberg.

Where the Wild Things Are




The ferns in picture #2 were a nice touch.  I like how for Wild Things, the general feeling was that a mural was imperative.  Only photo #3 thought to make Max’s tree filled room the mural for the baby’s room, though.

Goodnight Moon



This one should have been easy.  After all, it’s actually set in a nursery.  But finding folks willing to work with that color scheme isn’t quite as easy as you might think.  These were the only two GNM nurseries I was able to find.

Now here’s the secret to this post.  Pretty much, just type in any famous children’s book and add the word “nursery” and you’ll find something online.  Watch:

Type in “Giving Tree Nursery”:


Type in “Rainbow Fish Nursery”:


But why stop with picture books?

Type in “Hunger Games Nursery”:


Type in “Twilight Nursery”:


Now let’s get silly.

Type in “I Want My Hat Back Nursery”:


Type in “Winnie-the-Pooh Dr. Who Nursery”:


Shoot.  I didn’t think that would work.

Type in “Struwwelpeter Nursery”  . . . .

. . . .

. . . .


Whew!  That was a close one.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. ChrisinNY says:

    Winnie the Pooh/Dr. Who- wow! Who woulda thunk?

  2. Each and every one of these gives me the urge to open up Pinterest and start honing my crafting skills. Especially the Dr. Seuss ones! Of course, in the wrong hands, I could see that theme tripping over whimsical into surreal Twilight Zone territory. Must say, though the Winnie-the-Pooh Dr. Who theme isn’t the most elaborate, it stole the show (blog post) for me in the end.

  3. MotherLydia says:

    Neither of my babies had a theme nursery either. Both had storage along the walls in their rooms, so other than over the crib itself, there wasn’t even room for art.

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      I hear that. My first was put into our former office/library. One whole wall was just books. Auspicious but not particularly nursery-ish.

  4. I wonder when these kids grow up if they will rebel and love a minimal aesthetic.