If you want to read a book that is just really funny and kind of gets the kids a little riled up....SkippyjonJones (by Judy Schachner) is a great book (http://www.skippyjonjones.com/)! It is about a little siamese kitty who thinks he is a chihuahua. He is always getting into trouble and gets sent to his room, then his imagination takes over and all kinds of funny things happen while he is a chihuahua (in his dreams). The author used really clever rhymes and little songs written in Spanglish that is really funny. Some favorite quotes Islwyn LOVES from this book are:
"I bounce on my bed and once or six times I land on my head!"
"Out came Skippyjon with his birthday pinata on his head!"
"And then they all went crazy loco."
A really great book for before bed is Ten Sleepy Sheep (by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Susan Gaber). It is a very soothing book to read, all written in little poems. It is about 10 baby sheep who can't go to sleep and then throughout the book the sheep fall asleep in different places around the farm.
A really good book that would promote a lot of discussion with kids about 3 years and up is called Mole and the Baby Bird (by Marjorie Newman, illustrated by Patrick Benson). Actually Islwyn has been reading this book since he was born and it never gets old. But I feel like right about now he is getting to the age where we can talk more about what is happening in the story. It is about a mole who finds a baby bird, so Mole takes the baby bird home and takes care of it. Soon the bird is big enough to fly and be outside again, but Mole wants to keep the baby bird because he loves him. The illustrations are beautiful, there is just enough text for a small child, but there is a lot of stuff going on in the story to get kids thinking.
I hope you enjoy these books as much as we do!