I usually think about 'teaching moments' teaching a moral. For instance, when Nathan and Isaac were playing in our backyard and the giant yellow ball got stuck in the tree and they couldn't get it down, and then we said a prayer and the next baseball Nathan threw up there brought it down. Kapow! Teaching moment about prayer, which we were very glad turned out so nicely;)
Now we're reading a 'Peter and the Starcatchers' reader- 'Cave of the Dark Wind'. Nice and light. Next up for us is 'Little House on the Prairie'. It makes me happy to think about them pleading with me to read one more chapter before bedtime. That could be a standard procrastination technique, but I don't think that's all. They would like a glass of water before bed, but they love books.
What part do books play in your family?