Sarah Jessica Parker tells Us Weekly her daughters Loretta and Tabitha love to read. Credit: Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic

SJP's l'il bookworms! Forget cartoons or playing on the iPad after school: When Sarah Jessica Parker's 4-year-old twins, Loretta and Tabitha, want to unwind, they bury their noses in a good book. "They like lots and lots of books," the Sex and the City actress, 48, tells Us Weekly of her daughters with husband Matthew Broderick, 51.

One of the girls' recent favorites? Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak's Outside Over There, about a young girl who rescues her baby sister after the child is stolen by goblins. "We just read it," Parker told Us. "It's an unusual children's book, and they were so so engaged."

Storytelling isn't the only way the actress keeps her girls and son, James, 10, stimulated.

"I don't go anywhere without a pen and paper for them," she says. "My children love to draw and could be amused by that for hours." While they get creative, Parker jumps at the chance to tear into grown-up fare. Parker admits, "If they're occupied, that means I can read my own books!"