Reading is a favorite activity for Mary-Louise Parker and her kids

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There are a number of activities that actress Mary-Louise Parker could do with her son William Atticus, 4, and daughter Caroline "Ash" Aberash, 1, but her favorite is reading.

It’s the number-one activity I do with my children and have done since they were infants. Hours after my son was born, my brother was holding him and reading him poetry. Now he’s a little boy with a lot of energy, but he’ll sit still for a book and he has a great capacity to listen. With my daughter, I’m just trying to teach her how to turn pages!

We always read a lot before bed. Our record is 14 or 15 books. It’s at least five, even if my son’s tired. I love to hear the words, "One more book, Mom!"

With reading being a big thing in their family, the 43-year-old mom could go on and on about the books that she likes to read to the kids.

I love Cynthia Rylant; she wrote the Mr. Putter and Tabby books and the Henry and Mudge series. Patricia Polacco is a great author: ‘Chicken Sunday,’ ‘Thunder Cake,’ and ‘Thank You, Mr. Falker‘ are beautiful stories rich with humanity, and they teach lessons in a non-preachy way.

Another favorite, ‘Mama Panya’s Pancakes,’ about a village in Kenya, is a gentle way to introduce kids to other cultures and to the idea that everyone is not the same type of bunny or kid.

Mary-Louise is currently starting in The Spiderwick Chronicles and admits that it has always been a dream to star in a children’s movie.

I’ve always wanted to do a kids’ movie, and this one is somewhat atypical — the characters are finely drawn and complex. Even though my kids won’t be able to see it for a few years, I have lots of children in my life who’d love to see me in a movie.

Source: Parents

What is your child’s favorite book? Do you read them books from your childhood?

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