Hal Roth's book
is a good one to read too. Might want to pick up a copy of the Complete Sailor
as something for your kids to read...it is very well written and easily understandable, and covers much of the basics of sailing technique and theory.
I'd agree with what ladyh has posted as well. My late wife would have loved to go sailing, and we had talked about it...but we didn't have the time or the chance to go together....so my boat is named for her...and she will be with me in spirit.