I love the idea of front facing bookcases in a child's room because they add great color and also make it easier for a little one to select a book. These two I found on the oohdeedoh website and were done at low cost with either picture ledges (above) or lumber and red paint from Home Depot (below). I think it is a great way to take up wall space and these kind of shelves have a more uncluttered look than traditional ones.
I am now a stay at home mom but in my former life I was a French teacher--I have my B.A., M.A., and A.B.D. (next step to Ph.D. in French literature). I love teaching and miss it but in the meantime I am enjoying operating a part-time home organizing and design business. Contact me for more info if you are interested!