One of BabyT's favorite things, FAVORITE THINGS, is bringing small books that he can hold/carry and walk with too us to be read to him...It's so cute - he has the BOO part of the word BOOK down and he'll walk up to you, holding out the book, saying "boo! boo!" (sounds like book w/out the K).
So I would suggest various SMALL books (also, they have short attention spans) that they can carry around. The largest favorite of BabyT's is the ELMO puppet book, where there is a finger puppet Elmo as the middle part of the book and the book goes thru three versus of "If you're happy and you know it". He LOVES it, because he can carry it, there is SINGING and clapping!
Last evening was a good evening -we had a good dinner, the kids played around the house and then both boys got showered and in bed by 8:30 p.m. Of course, my house is still a mess, totally covered by toys from both children, but we all had a good time last night. And that is what is important!