I like the idea of the wood like fence. You could have one pannel for every child in your classroom and then use it as a growth chart for toddlers. When the child moves up or leaves the centre you can give it to the parents. Use Pallet wood.
Mommo Design has a bunch of inspiration for girly reading nooks. These quiet corners contain fluffy pillows, rugs, cushions, usually a canopy, and of course lots of books. I think the idea is very cute and I'd love to do this for my daughter's room.