Since we place so much emphasis on reading in our household, I've always known I would create a special reading space for my kids, too. My son has had his own for nearly two years. And now that my daughter is nearly two years old, she is old enough to sit in her own little armchair (as opposed to just using it as a jumping-off point or stool!).
I've been collecting accessories for a few months now, not sure exactly how everything would all come together. I'd hoped to find a better bookcase, one that displays the books better, but didn't find what I was looking for at the price I wanted. In the end, I kept the former bookcase but I also grabbed a small wicker trunk I had in a closet and placed some books in it to make it my daughter's "end table" for favorite books of the week. Above it, I displayed a vintage Mary Poppins game board I bought at an antique store.
My heart soared, even more so when she graciously accommodated my son's request to sit in her new chair.
The wicker trunk has been great at prompting her to put her books back, instead of leaving them in unsightly piles like she used to before.
Certainly, I don't think a reading nook is a necessity for any child, but I think it's a great way to encourage children to adopt reading as a steady habit. I figure if we elevate reading to an activity that deserves its own spot, our kids will come to see reading as the enjoyable pasttime that it is.