At our house, nothing gets the kids' attention faster than for Mama to sit down with a book. They love to have me read to them, and would listen for an hour, if my voice would hold out that long. We read before nap, before bed, and other random times throughout the day. Reading aloud is a big part of our homeschooling plans, too; as energetic as Wendy is, she can listen to a story and really get involved in it.
Here are a few favorites, posted by child:
David, 2 years:
The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss
Anything with The Cat in the Hat's picture - basically any Dr. Seuss or "Bright and Early Books"
Blue Hat, Green Hat, by Sandra Boynton
Wendy, 4 1/2 years:
The Story about Ping, by Marjorie Flack
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton
The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton
A Bad Case of Stripes, by David Shannon
Wendy and I are usually also reading a chapter book. Our first one was Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and right now we are reading My Father's Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannett. I'm not sure what book we'll tackle next; it might be the next Little House book or The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
I'm linking up to a 4 Moms post at Smockity Frocks - come see more suggestions for bedtime read-alouds!