I am not sure if I have said this, but I think we would be great friends in real life. (I actually used to live in Orange County). You are an incredible mom.
Have you heard of readaloudrevival.com? It is an excellent, excellent resource for choosing books for your kids. It has many different lists, depending upon age level and interests, as well as a great podcast. I thought you may like it. :)
Have a great Christmas! Love, Kristin