We received a ton of great baby books as gifts for Will and I decided to use them as part of the room's decoration - bright, colorful books that could be switched up as Will gets older. Using a wall as a front-facing bookshelf cuts out the need to decorate that wall at all... the books take care of that on their own.
I thought about making my own shelves from scratch but realized there was a cheaper and easier option... Ikea's Ribba Picture Ledges. They're pre-built and are easily screwed right onto the wall:
Jesse and I both love to read and can't wait to spend hours rocking and reading to Will in this space. It's so cheerful and I'm thrilled with how it came out!