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The Best Kids’s Books That Are Family-Friendly Movies

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Check out this fantastic list of kid’s books made into movies. It’s a perfect list so you can plan a fun family activity this month: Read a kid’s book and then watch the movie. There are so many fantastic children’s books that have been made into movies, so your family can easily find one you’ll enjoy.

Not only will you be able to enjoy a great book together, but then you can discuss the choices made when adapting the story for the big screen!

A fantastic list of kid's books made into movies.

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Reading a Book as a Family

1. Audio Version. This works well for our family to listen together during a meal while relaxing in the evening, or at bedtime.

The advantage of an audiobook is that little ones can play quietly as they listen and older children can color or simply relax while listening.

Audiobooks are easy to find. They are often at your public library or available through the Libby app (using your library card). You can also purchase them on Amazon Audible or join with a monthly Audible membership and receive your first title free! (sometimes more – be sure to check out the lastest deal)

2. Read Aloud. If one parent (or older sibling) is willing, then you can read the book out loud and everyone can listen together.

Be sure to have quiet activities for younger children to do while someone is reading. Coloring is a great option. I like to have some coloring pages and colored pencils available.

Book to Movie Discussion Guide

After the movie, have a fantastic discussion comparing the book to the movie version using these relevant questions.

It’s easy and fun to share your opinion of the book-to-screen adaptation and a great way to get your kids thinking more deeply about literature and screenwriting.

45 Kid’s Books Made into Movies

Let’s get this list started with over 45 of the best children’s books that have been turned into movies.

Please note that you should always research the content of books and movies to determine if they are appropriate for your own family. I recommend using Common Sense Media to review the specific content. 

winn Dixie book to movie

Because of Winn-Dixie

Kate DiCamillo

Opal has just moved to a new town and she is looking for friends. While shopping an endearing dog begins to follow her. Now she and her dog, Winn-Dixie, will win form new friendships together.

Because of Winn-Dixie: The Book
Because of Winn-Dixie: The Movie


The Borrowers

The Borrowers

Mary Norton

The miniature Clock family live beneath the floorboards and “borrow” small items from humans to survive. Their youngest daughter, Arrietty, befriends a human boy and discovers the wonders and dangers of the world above.

The Borrowers: The Book
The Borrowers: The Movie


Bridge to Terabithia

The Bridge to Terabithia

Katherine Paterson

This coming-of-age novel explores the friendship between Jess, an artistic boy, and Leslie, an imaginative girl, as they create an imaginary kingdom in the woods called Terabithia. The story takes an unexpected turn, leading to profound lessons about love and loss.

The Bridge to Terabithia: The Book
The Bridge to Terabithia: The Movie


Matilda

Matilda

Roald Dahl

Matilda Wormwood is an extraordinary girl with telekinetic powers who suffers from life with a neglectful family and a harsh headmistress at her school. Matilda is determined to improve life for her and her friends by changing the way things are done.

Matilda: The Book
Matilda: The Movie


Mr. Poppers Penguins Book

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Richard and Florence Atwater

Mr. Popper is a mild-mannered painter who unexpectedly receives a penguin as a gift. He transforms his home into a winter wonderland as his collection of penguins grows, leading to comical adventures and a newfound sense of joy and purpose for the entire Popper family.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins: The Book
Mr. Popper’s Penguins: The Movie

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Charlottes Web Book

Charlotte’s Web

E.B. White

is a timeless tale of friendship and loyalty that revolves around Wilbur, a pig, and Charlotte, a clever spider. With Charlotte’s magical web-spinning abilities, she saves Wilbur from a dire fate while teaching lessons about friendship and sacrafice.

Charlotte’s Web: The Book
Charlotte’s Web: The Movie


The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

C. S. Lewis

This classic fantasy novel follows four siblings as they discover the magical land of Narnia, where they join forces with the noble lion Aslan and his followers to overthrow the White Witch and restore peace to the enchanted realm.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Book
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Movie


Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted

Gail Carson Levine

This is a fairy tale retelling that follows the Ella, cursed with obedience, on her quest to break the spell. Full of humor and romance, this story is a fantastic read.

Ella Enchanted: The Book
Ella Enchanted: The Movie


Harry Potter

Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling​

Young Harry Potter just discovered that he is a wizard and has been invited to a magical school for wizards. Unfortunately he is one of the most famous children in the wizarding world even though he knew nothing about it. Join him for the seven years he will attend the magical school and fight the forces of evil that threaten everyone.

Harry Potter: The Books
Harry Potter: Movie One
**There are 7 books and 8 movies in the series


Holes

Holes

Lois Sachar

Stanley Yelnats is unjustly sent to a juvenile detention camp where he will discover the history of the curse that haunts his family. But first he will have to dig a few holes to get there.

Holes: The Book
Holes: The Movie


Hoot book

Hoot

Carl Hiaasen

Roy Eberhardt befriends a group of eco-conscious kids to uncover and prevent the construction of a pancake house that threatens the habitat of endangered burrowing owls in their Florida town.

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen: The Book
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen: The Movie


A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle In Time

Madeline L’Engle

Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin traverse through space and time to rescue Meg’s father from an evil force.

A Wrinkle in Time: The Book
A Wrinkle in Time: The Movie


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Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting

Natalie Babbit

In this exciting adventure, Winnie Foster discovers a family with a magical secret of everlasting life. Now she considered the consequences of drinking the magical water and the impact it would have on her own life.

Tuck Everlasting: The Book
Tuck Everlasting: The Movie


Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Brian Selznick

The young orphan, Hugo, lives in a Paris train station, where he unravels a hidden message that takes him on an unbelievable adventure that includes a forgotten automaton and the magic of cinema.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret: The Book
The Invention of Hugo Cabret: The Movie


Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Robert C. O’Brien

Join a brave mouse named Mrs. Frisby, a widow with four children, who makes friends with smart rats to help her family. They work together to help Mrs. Frisby’s family as they have to move to their summer quarters.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH: The Book
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH: The Movie


Mouse and the Motorcycle

Mouse and the Motorcycle

Beverly Cleary

Ralph is a mouse who lives in an old Inn. Everything changes one day when Keith and his family check into the hotel and Ralph discovers Keith’s tiny toy motorcycle.

Mouse and the Motorcycle: The Book
Mouse and the Motorcycle: The Movie


Tale of Desperaux

Tale of Despereaux

Kate DiCamillo

Join the thrilling adventures of a mouse, a rat, and a serving girl. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives.

Tale of Despereaux: The Book
Tale of Despereaux: The Movie


The Bad Beginning Book

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snicket

This gripping story follows the Baudelaire orphans – Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – as they face unfortunate events and a sinister villain after their parents’ tragic death. The will band together and fight the villain who is determined to make their lives miserable.

The Bad Beginning (Book 1): The Book 
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Movie


The Golden Compass Book

The Golden Compass

Philip Pullman

Lyra is a brave girl who sets out on a journey to the frozen North with her magical alethiometer. She will meet talking polar bears and uncover mysteries as she seeks to rescue kidnapped children and explore the wonders of her fantastical world.

The Golden Compass: The Book
The Golden Compass: The Movie


Spiderwick Chronicles

Spiderwick Chronicles

Tony DiTerlizzi

Jared, Simon, and Mallory are siblings that discover a hidden world of fantastical creatures after moving to their great-aunt’s old mansion. Now they want to share their story but the faeries will do anything it takes to stop them.

Spiderwick Chronicles (The Field Guide, Book One): The Book
Spiderwick Chronicles: The Movie


Stuart Little

Stuart Little

E. B. White

Stuart Little is a small mouse who was born to a human family. When his best friend, a bird, disappears, he embarks on an adventure by himself in New York City.

Stuart Little: The Book
Stuart Little: The Movie


The Secret Garden

Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Mary Lennox lost both of her parents and must move in with her miserly uncle in his very large house. Before long, she will uncover a forgotten (and locked) garden and with the help of others she will restore it as it restores her.

The Secret Garden: The Book
The Secret Garden: The Movie


Beezus and Ramona book

Beezus and Ramona

Beverly Cleary

Fifth-grade student Beazus Quimby navigates the ups and downs of life with her mischievous younger sister Ramona. Together they encounter hilarious and relatable situations that highlight the joys and challenges of sisterhood.

Beezus and Ramona: The Book
Beezus and Ramona: The Movie


Princess Diaries Book

The Princess Diaries

Meg Cabot

Mia Thermopolis is a regular teenage girl who discovers she’s the heir to a royal throne. Now she must navigate the challenges of princess lessons, high school drama, and the ups and downs of being royalty.

The Princess Diaries: The Book
The Princess Diaries: The Movie


James and the Giant Peach book

James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl

James Henry Trotter escapes his mean aunts by climbing inside a magical, giant peach where he meets a group of friendly, oversized insects. Once the peach begins to roll, the adventure begins.

James and the Giant Peach: The Book
James and the Giant Peach: The Movie


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Peter Pan book

Peter Pan

J. M. Barrie

Siblings Wendy, John, and Michael, meet Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up, and they travel with him to Neverland. There they will face pirates, mermaids, and the villainous Captain Hook.

Peter Pan: The Book
Peter Pan: Disney Movie; Peter Pan Movie; Pan Movie


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Alice in Wonderland book

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Alice is a curious girl who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantastical world filled with quirky characters like the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: The Book
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: The Movies – Cartoon – Real Person


Wizard of Oz book

Wizard of Oz

L. Frank Baum

Dorothy is a young girl swept away to the magical land of Oz. In an effort to find a way home, she embarks on a journey with her new friends—the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. Together they will try to find the Wizard of Oz without being captured by the Wicked Witch.

Wizard of Oz: The Book
Wizard of Oz: The Movie


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl

Charlie Bucket is a poor, humble boy who wins a golden ticket to visit Willy Wonka’s magical chocolate factory. He and other lucky children experience enchanting and sometimes mischievous wonders at the factory, though many of them end up in quite a bit of trouble.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Book
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Movie (1971); The Movie (2005)


Indian in the Cupboard

The Indian in the Cupboard

Lynne Reid Banks

Fifth-grader Omri discovers a magical cupboard that brings plastic toys to life. He will have plenty of adventures as he learns the responsibilities and joys of caring for his miniature, real-life figures.

The Indian in the Cupboard: The Book
The Indian in the Cupboard: The Movie


Inkheart book

Inkheart

Cornelia Funke

Meggie’s father, Mo, has a unique ability to bring characters from books to life. Together they will navigate a magical and perilous world filled with villains and heroes.

Inkheart: The Book
Inkheart: The Movie


Percy Jackson and The Lighning Thief

The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson was a normal boy until they day he discovers that he is a demigod and the God of Olympus think he stole Zues’ lightning bolt. Now he must embark on a quest to prove his innocence and prevent a war among the gods.

The Lightning Thief: The Book
The Lightning Thief: The Movie


Harriet the Spy

Harriet the Spy

Louise Fitzhugh

Harriet writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. When she loses track of her notebook, it ends up in the wrong hands and her friends read the awful things she’s written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together?

Harriet the Spy: The Book
Harriet the Spy: The Movie


How to Train Your Dragon Book

How to Train Your Dragon

Cressida Cowell

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans, tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan by catching and training a dragon. Can Hiccup do it without being torn limb from limb?

How to Train Your Dragon: The First Book in the Series
How to Train Your Dragon: The First Movie in the Series


Diary of a Wimpy Kid book

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Jeff Kinney

Being a kid can really stink and no one knows this better than Greg, who just began middle school. Greg is happy to have Rowley Jefferson by his side. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Book
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Movie


Wonder book

Wonder

R. J. Palacio

Auggie Pullman, a fifth-grader with a facial difference, has always been homeschooled. Now he is about to start public school and must face all of the strange looks and mean comments. Can he find true friends who accept him for who he is?

Wonder: The Book
Wonder: The Movie


The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling

Follow the adventures of Mowgli, a young boy raised by wolves, as he interacts with a dynamic cast of anthropomorphic animals and tries to find his home.

The Jungle Book: The Book
The Jungle Book: The Movie (Disney); The Movie (2016)


How to Eat Fried worms book

How to Eat Fried Worms

Thomas Rockwell

In this humorous children’s novel, Billy doesn’t want to back down from a bit so he must eat 15 worms in various creative ways within a specified time frame.

How to Eat Fried Worms: The Book
How to Eat Fried Worms: The Movie


Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days

Jules Verne

Follow the adventures of Phileas Fogg as he embarks on a daring journey to circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. He and his loyal servant, Passepartout, face lots of challenges and unexpected twists along the way.

Around the World in 80 Days: The Book
Around the World in 80 Days: The Movie


The FAntastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Roald Dahl

The farmers know that Mr. Fox is the one stealing food from them but he is too smart to be caught! Can he continue to escape once the farmers join forces?

Fantastic Mr. Fox: The Book
Fantastic Mr. Fox: The Movie


The Call of the Wild book

Call of the Wild

Jack London

This story follows the transformation of a domesticated dog named Buck into a wild, primal force as he navigates the harsh landscapes of the Klondike Gold Rush. Buck discovers his true nature and the call of the wild within him.

Call of the Wild: The Book
Call of the Wild: The Movie


Howl's Moving Castle

Howl’s Moving Castle

Diana Wynne Jones

Sophie is the eldest of three daughters who is cursed by a witch and transformed into an old woman. The only chance she has of breaking her curse is at the ever moving castle owned by the wizard, Howl, but he isn’t eager to help.

Howl’s Moving Castle: The Book
Howl’s Moving Castle: The Movie


Adventures of Robin Hood

Robin Hood

Howard Pyle

Robin Hood, champion of the poor and oppressed, stands against the cruel power of Prince John and the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham. Taking refuge in the vast Sherwood Forest with his band of men, he remains determined to outwit his enemies.

Robin Hood: The Book
Robin Hood: The Movie (so many versions, but Disney is my favorite)


The BFG is a book and a movie

The BFG

Roald Dahl

Sophie is a young girl who befriends the Big Friendly Giant. Together they embark on a magical adventure to stop other giants from eating human children.

The BFG: The Book
The BFG: The Movie


Guardians of GaHoole

Guardians of Ga’Hoole

Kathryn Lasky

Soren is born in the forest of Tyto, a tranquil kingdom where the Barn Owls dwell. He never expects to be captured, but he is and he is taken to a dark and forbidding canyon. He and his friend Gylfie know that the only to escape is to fly, which is something they have never done before.

Guardians of Ga’Hoole: Book One
Guardians of Ga’Hoole: The Movie


Mary Poppins book

Mary Poppins

Dr. P. L. Travers

From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed.

Mary Poppins: The Books
Mary Poppins: The Original; The Sequel; Mary Poppins Returns; Saving Mr. Banks


Doctor Dolittle book

Dr. Dolittle

Hugh Lofting

Journey into the world of Doctor Dolittle, the kind and eccentric naturalist who can speak with animals. 

Dr. Dolittle: The Book
Dr. Dolittle: The Movie


Cheaper by the Dozen book

Cheaper by the Dozen

Frank B. Gilbreth

Join this family of twelve lively kids and their “efficiency expert” father on their crazy adventures.

Cheaper by the Dozen: The Book
Cheaper by the Dozen: The Movie


Swiss Family Robinson Book

Swiss Family Robinson

Johann David Wyss

A young family is shipwrecked and must survive on a deserted tropical island. Can they survive in the wilds of the jungle?

Swiss Family Robinson: The Book
Swiss Family Robinson: The Movie

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  1. I love this! I reached you by way of an email newsletter from Raising Lifelong Learners. I am using the Robinson Curriculum for our homeschool but its emphasis is on very old books. I like to alternate those with more contemporary literature and pair it with a movie. This is so helpful and plus I didn’t realize that the Borrowers was a movie!! I loved that book as a kid. Thanks for your work on this resource!!

  2. This is fantastic! Oh I do appreciate me a good book/movie list(especially before the summer), but GOOD NIGHT! Would you please offer a printable list for us old analog fogies? Ya know the kind that WON’T have me going to the big store in the sky for another 4 printer cartridges and a ream of paper? Thank ye kindly.

    1. So sorry. That would be a great idea and if I get a moment, I’ll have to add one to the post. Otherwise it is the good ole pen and paper….so sorry.

  3. Mary, whoa! great list and a lot of thought put into it as well. Though Common Sense Media is a staple resource for things like TV Shows and Movies…. they’re not as great at Books. Here’s a community-sourced startup that seems to be doing it right: https://screenitfirst.com maybe you could include them in an updated version of the article.

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