"I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves."
Anna Quindlen, "Enough Bookshelves," New York Times, 7 August 1991
I am about to make you very jealous.
My dad built this for the nursery:
Everyone should have a reading sanctuary, a library. In that house I dream of owning twenty years from now, there is a beautiful, sunny room with comfortable chairs and a fireplace, and the walls are lined from floor to ceiling with books.
But there will also be a rotating selection of picture books on this shelf that is so clean-lined and functional and beautiful, displaying books to entice readers...
You should get one, too,
like this double-sided book display case:
Early Childhood Resources ELR0335 Double Sided Book Display Stand
or like this Wild West revolving bookcase:
as seen on this great kids' bookshelf site
or you can use Ribba picture ledgers from Ikea:or make shelves like the Ikea ones, as I saw on this cool DIY blog.
Mine has nice bead board on the back, so I can have it in the middle of a room, or at the foot of a bed...I love it in the nursery reading nook, and I'll love it in my fantasy pre-school activity room.
Thanks, Pop. It is perfect.