Books are amazing, but to compete with toys they need to be front and center while showing off their greatest assets, their bright bold covers. Forward-facing bookshelves prominently display books covers and are the perfect solution to guarantee your books gets some action throughout the day. Many different versions are available to purchase (See Encouraging Reading with a Forward-Facing Bookshelf to view my favorites), but with a little elbow grease you can build your own in no time.
The Vinyl Rain Gutter Bookshelf
Jim Trelease author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, helped to pioneer this easy, affordable and customizable bookshelf. Vinyl rain gutter are not only cheap, they are easy to cut, install and very durable.
For a complete tutorial on how to make the rain gutter bookshelves, visit Raising Olive’s tutorial by clicking here.
The $5 Bookshelf
With one 1×4 and one 1×2, you can build this beautiful bookshelf for around $5. See Ana White’s simple step-by-step plans here.
The Forward-Facing Wall Bookshelf
Ana White strikes again with this simple build, plans here.
The Wood Pallet Bookshelf
Got an extra wood pallet lying around? Don’t burn it, build from it. With a few cuts, a couple nails and a lot of sand paper, you’re in business!
For additional information and pictures visit Ana White’s post here.
The Old Hutch Bookshelf
Turn Grandma’s old hutch into a piece of playroom functional art. It may not be as easy as the others, but it’s worth a shot if you have a hutch to spare. This simply ingenious idea was Beckie at Infarrantly Creative. For step-by-step pictures and instructions click here.