We love books! And reading with the girls right now is so great!!!! Because of the range in ages, we haven't completely graduated from beloved picture books yet, but we most definitely now enjoy a wide range of chapter books too - the best of both worlds.
At bedtime we've recently enjoyed The BFG by Roald Dahl, How to Eat Fried Worms, and an American GIrls Kirsten Mystery: The Runaway Friend. We also read Matilda by Roald Dahl and then had spent a rainy evening together as a family on the fold-out sofa bed watching the movie - which the girls thought was totally great. Hope is about to finish James and the Giant Peach (also Roald Dahl) and I'm aware there is a movie for that one too, we might have to check it out. (If you are wondering about why so many Roald Dahl books - I fell in love with him when I first picked up Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a child and then proceeded to reread it about fifty times (random insert here: the sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is completely wonderful too, perhaps even better than the Factory) and so I just happen to already have had a fair collection of his books on our shelves).
Other favorites that Hope is known to pick up come from The Magic Treehouse series, Beverly Cleary's Ramona books, and the American Girl books. Oh I can't wait to introduce her to some of my childhood favorites - I may have to snag a couple away from her and reread them myself for pure nostalgic and juvenile pleasure!
While Maddie enjoys listening to chapter books at bedtime, she is still enraptured by picture books (me too.) And we discover new treasures all the time. My fave right now is Railroad John and the Red Rock Run. From the fabulous and entertaining sepia toned illustrations by Michael Austin to the story by Tony Crunk - complete with a ton of adventure, characters like Lonesome Bob, Granny Apple Fritter, Wildcat Annie, Railroad John and Bad Bill - tons of whooping and hollerin' , and fabulous descriptions like "looked grim as a mule eating briers" and "the rain was so thick you could float toads on it" - we were totally enraptured from beginning to end. The book was a ton of fun, the writing was great, and all I could think about was all the little boys I know who would really adore this book. Definitely recommendable.