I can’t tell you how many people ask me about the bookshelf below, from a blog post back in 2012 (I also cannot believe I’ve been online that long). I am a huge fan of forward facing bookshelves as they allow young children to self select and, let’s face it, it’s like a work of art on your wall…all those gorgeous covers smiling out from the wall.
Children’s books stored on regular bookshelves just end up all being pulled off as pre-readers can’t read the titles on the spines, and young children choose, or identify a favourite book, by the cover. In PudStar and ChickPea’s bedrooms almost all of the picture books face forward. And it’s the same in any primary school library worth their weight in pages, all the picture books will be forward facing.
The shelf above is just fine, but it’s not exactly stylish – I actually purchased it from a school library supplier and at the time I was aiming for functionality not style!
There are now lots more forward facing book shelving options on the market, and while they don’t all work particularly well, I really like the ones I’ve recently ordered from Pottery Barn Kids – they are basically the shelf above, but with style 🙂 – click through from the picture for more images. The quality is excellent, well and truly up to the rigour of being a piece of school furniture touched by hundreds of children, but also lovely enough for a home bedroom or study. We are also using two of these shelves and one shorter version in the school library to increase our forward face book display space.
I was silly happy when I found this shelving system at Pottery Barn (librarians get very excited about shelving options okay) as I’ve never seen what is essentially a library standard shelving system turned into a pretty cool piece of home decor. I’m actually extremely tempted to get two more of the tall four shelf units to store all my recipe books in my kitchen as the IKEA shelves I have are great, but these Pottery Barn versions would store more and the books wouldn’t fall off every time I slam the fridge door!
It’s been an extraordinarily tough and tragic year for us. As we find our ‘new normal’ without Dan/daddy, I’ve been going through the house and simplifying, changing things up just a little, rotating book collections (lots of grief titles atm) and adding in some things that we three Daley girls love, like nice shelves! It probably seems silly, but it’s been nice to make our home just a little bit ‘new’ while still retaining all the memories of Dan. There is a lot more pink in our house now…he would be horrified.
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