Over 45 of the Best Children’s Books that are Family-Friendly Movies

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Plan a fun family activity this month by reading a children's book together and then watching 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!


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Looking for a great way to enjoy to a book as a family? 

Grab the audio version and listen together. It works well for our family to listen together during a meal, while relaxing in the evening, or at bedtime.

The advantage of an audio book 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)

Ready to have a great discussion after the movie?

This guide contains 7 discussion questions you can use for a brief family discussion after the movie. 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 screen-writing.

Over 45 Fantastic Books Made into Family-Friendly Movies

Let's get this list started wtih 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. 

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo


The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson


Matilda by Roald Dahl

Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

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

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling​

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

Holes by Lois Sachar

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle


Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien

Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary


Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi

Stuart Little by E. B. White

Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: The Book
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: The Movies -
Cartoon - Real Person

Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Call of the Wild by Jack London

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Robin Hood by Howard Pyle

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

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Guardians of Ga'Hoole by Kathryn Lasky

Mary Poppins by Dr. P. L. Travers

Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth

Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

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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!!

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