And don't forget how important book nooks are for children. Studies show that children are much more likely to sit and grab a book when seating is distinct and comfortable, and books face out with covers showing.
Displaying children's books on a shelf like this not only keeps them off the floor, it highlights the lovely covers. Plus, younger children are more apt to read when they can pick from their favorites easily.
LOVE the magazine rack for kids books. Decorative, AND efficient. Also, this can be used throughout the toddler and even elementary school years, as opposed to other nursery decorations that go away after the baby grows up a little...