One thing I always remember my Mom telling me about her experience raising six kids, was that no matter how crazy, hectic, busy, loud, or messy it got, she always made sure she got in some story time each night. She said something along the lines that if she ended the day knowing she had read to her kids, she knew it was a good, fulfilled day. (I'm sure whatever she said was much more eloquent and profound, but my 15 year old memory is failing me.) Anyway, now I see why it was so important to her. The power of books is so amazing; it can build up imaginations, calm any mood, increase vocabulary, and provide for the best bonding experience.