The Ultimate List of 88+ Popular Kids Book to Movie Adaptations

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The Ultimate List of 88+ (and growing) Kids Book to Movie Adaptions.

 

 

I don’t know if you’ve noticed a trend lately with movies. But many of them have started out as books. And many of them are actually a series as well. Some would complain that this is lazy, but as a writer I disagree. Some writers actually dream of their books being turned into a movie.

 

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I personally like the idea of (especially) kids book to movie adaptations, and here’s why:

 

1.It’s All About the Story

 

Because book writers–ones that get published because they know what they’re doing–they have an ability to follow a formula that science says our minds crave. OR-they have the ability to create suspense, jerk at our heartstrings, or induce a raging passion we didn’t know was within us. They know how to tell a story. And they know how to tell that story well.

Now, I don’t disagree that some screenwriters miss the mark on adaptions. But I also understand that movie budgets and studio time limitations sometimes make harsh decisions on story-lines necessary.

2. It Eliminates Distractions

 

Sometimes a storyteller personally decides not to do a lot of physical descriptions on characters. I know this may sound silly, but I like to nail down what each character looks like in my head, and also what their world really looks like. From what I’ve read, most of the book to story adaptations (recent ones anyway) have the author on hand to help truly create what he or she intended that world to look like.

Maybe it’s just that my simple mind likes to know these things so I can focus on the story-line instead of what things look like. (Hehe!) But I like to sometimes watch the movie before I read the book, or at least watch the first movie if it’s a series, then read all the books so I know what’s what while I’m reading.

 

3. Gets Kids to Read More

 

I’ve found that having a solid kids story in a book, and then a kids book to movie adaptation, can be an awesome motivator to get kids to read. When they know the adventure is gonna be epic, heck yeah they’re gonna read about it! ANY opportunity I get to help my kids read more, I WILL TAKE!! {Read here about 10 Tricks We use to Get Our Kids To Read More}

 

4. A Great Way to Connect With Your Kid

 

One of my husband’s co-workers years ago said that he personally would take the time to read the books and/or series’ that his daughter read so that they could find something to connect over. It was a concern of his that they wouldn’t have anything to talk about since his interests totally bored her.

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I love that strategy SO MUCH.

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And he’s right. I’ve found that the more time I take to connect with any of my kids over any given topic, the more likely they are to confide in me about other things that I wouldn’t dream of talking to my parents about as a kid. I WANT my kids to want to talk to me about things, to ask advice, to vent. That’s what makes a trusting connection, and if I can start it with another important skill and activity like reading, BRING IT ON!!

 

So, without further ado, here’s the MEGA list in alphabetical order of Kids Book to Movie Adaptations as of 2018. (I will try to keep updated as new ones come out.)

(and the links to find them)

{An asterisk (*) denotes books considered classics that are usually FREE through the Kindle edition (based on availability.}

 

  1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day {Book, p. 1972; Movie, released 2014.}
  2.  Alice in Wonderland {Book, p. 1865-1871; Movie, cartoon released by Disney 1951; Live cinematic version, Disney 2010.}
  3. Alice Through the Looking Glass {Book, p. 1865-1871; Movie, Disney released 2016.}
  4. The Ant Bully {Book, p. 2000; Movie, released 2006.}
  5. Aquamarine {Book, p. 2001; Movie, released 2006.}
  6. Because of Winn Dixie {Book, p. 20xx; Movie, released 2005.}
  7. The BFG {Book, p. 2007, orig 1982; Movie, released 2016.}
  8. Big Fish {Book, p. 1998; Movie, released 2003.}
  9. The Book Thief {Book, p. 2007; Movie, released 2013.}
  10. Bridge to Terabithia {Book, re-p. 2009; Movie, released 2007.}
  11. The Call of the Wild {Book, re-p. 2017; Movie, released 1993.} (White Fang follows this, listed below)
  12. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory {Book, p. 1964; Movie, released 1971; Movie, released 2005.}
  13. Charlotte’s Web {Book, p. 1952; Movie, animated, released 1973; Move, live version, released 2006.}
  14. The Chronicles of Narnia {Book, box set re-p. 2013; Movie: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, released 2005; Prince Caspian, released 2008; Voyage of the Dawn Treader, released 2010; possibility of 4th being released by different production studio in the next few years.}
  15. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs {Book set, re-p. 2016; Movie, Released 2009; Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, Released 2013.}
  16. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen {Book, re-p. 2010; Movie, Released 2004.}
  17.  Coraline {Book, re-p. 2012; Movie, Released 2009.}
  18. Diary of a Wimpy Kid {Book set; Movie: Released 2004+}
  19. Divergent {3 Books+; Movie: Released 2014+}
  20.  Dr. Doolittle {Book, series; Movie: Released 1998}
  21.  Ella Enchanted {Book, p. 1997; Movie: Released 2004}
  22.  Eloise {Book series; Movie: Eloise at the Plaza; Eloise at Christmastime}
  23.  Ender’s Game {Book series; Movie: Released 2013}
  24.  Escape to Witch Mountain {Book, p. 1968; Movie: Race to Witch Mountain, 2009}
  25.  Everything, Everything {Book, p. 2015; Movie: Released 2017}
  26.  Fantastic Mr. Fox {Book, p. 1970/2007; Movie: Released 2009}
  27.  The Fault in Our Stars {Book, p. 2012; Movie: Released 2014}
  28.  The Giver {Book series, p. 1993; Movie: Released 2014}
  29.  Great Expectations* {Book, p. 1860-1861; Movie: Released 1998}
  30.  Gulliver’s Travels*{Book, p. 1726; Movie: Released 2010}
  31.  Harry Potter {Book series, p. 1997-2007; Movies-8: Released 2001-2011}
  32.  Holes {Book, p. 1998; Movie: Released 2003}
  33.  Hotel for Dogs {Book, p. 1971; Movie: Released 2009}
  34.  How to Eat Fried Worms {Book, p. 1973; Movie: Released 2006}
  35.  How to Train Your Dragon {Book, p. 2003-2011; Movie: How to Train Your Dragon: Released 2010; How to Train Your Dragon 2: Released 2014}
  36.  The Hunger Games {Book, p. xxxx; Movie: The Hunger Games: Released 2012; Catching Fire: 2013; Mockingjay, Part 1: 2014; Mockingjay, Part 2: 2015}
  37.  I am Number Four {Book, p. 2010; Movie: Released 2011}
  38.  If I Stay {Book, p. 2009; Movie: Released 2014}
  39.  The Indian in the Cupboard {Book, p. 1980; Movie: Released 1995}
  40.  Hugo {Book, p. 2007; Movie: Released 2011}
  41.  Inkheart {Book, p. 2003; Movie: Released 2009}
  42.  James and the Giant Peach {Book, p. 1961; Movie: Released 1996}
  43. Jumanji {Book, p. 1981; Movie: Released 1995; Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: Released 2017}
  44. The Jungle Book {Book, p. 1894; Movie: Released 1967Live Action Version, Released 2016}
  45. Lassie Come Home{Book, p. 1940; Lassie Movie: Multiple Versions Released}
  46. *Little Women {Book, p. 1868-9; Movie: Released 1994}
  47. The Lorax {Book, p. 1971; Movie: Released 2012}
  48. Mrs. Doubtfire {Book, p. 1987; Movie: Released 1983}
  49. Mary Poppins {Book, p. 1934; Movie: Released 1983
  50. Matilda {Book, p. 1988; Movie: Released 1996}
  51. Maze Runner Series {Book, p. 2009; The Maze Runner: 2014 ; The Scorch Trials: 2015; The Death Cure: 2018}
  52. Mars Needs Moms {Book, p. 2007; Movie: Released 2011}
  53. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl {Book, p. 2012; Movie: Released 2015}
  54. Mr. Poppers Penguins {Book, p. 1938; Movie: Released 2011}
  55. Flicka {Book, p. 1941; Movie: Released 2006}
  56. Nancy Drew {Book, p. 1930-2012; Movie: Released 2007}
  57. The Neverending Story {Book, p. 1979; Movie: Released 1984}
  58. Nim’s Island {Book, p. 2001; Movie: Released 2008; Return to Nim’s Island, Released 2013}
  59. Night at the Museum {Book, p. 1993; Movie: Released 2006; Battle of the Smithsonian, 2009; Secret of the Tomb, 2014  }
  60. Nanny McPhee (Nurse Matilda) {Book, p. 1964-74; Movie: Released 2006; Nanny McPhee Returns, 2010}
  61. Old Yeller {Book, p. 1956; Movie: Released 1957}
  62. *Oliver Twist {Book, p. 1837-39; Movie: Released 2005}
  63. Paper Towns {Book, p. 2008; Movie: Released 2015}
  64. Percy Jackson, 5-Book Set {Books, p. 2005-2009; Lightening Thief Movie, Released 2010; Sea of Monsters Movie, Released 2013.}
  65. Polar Express {Book, p. 1985; Movie: Released 2004}
  66. Practical Magic {Book, p. 1995; Movie: Released 1998}
  67. Princess Diaries Series{Books, p. 2000-2009; Movie: Released 2001; Princess Diaries 2, Released 2004}
  68. Ramona Series {Book, p. 1950-1999; Movie: Ramona and Beazus, Released 2010}
  69. *The Secret Garden {Book, p. 1910; Movie: Released 1993}
  70. A Series of Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snicket) {Book, p. 1999-2006; Movie: Released 2004}
  71. Shrek {Book, p. xxxx; Movie: Released 2001; Shrek 2, Released 2004; Shrek the Third, Released 2007; Shrek Ever After, Released 2010}
  72. Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants Series {Books, p. 2001+; Movie: Released 2005; Sisterhood 2, Released 2008}
  73. The Spiderwick Chronicles {Books, p. 2003-09; Movie: Released 2008}
  74. The Story of Ferdinand {Book, p. 1936; Movie: Released 2017}
  75. Stuart Little {Book, p. 1954; Movie: Released 1999; Stuart Little 2, Released 2002}
  76. The Sword in the Stone {Book, p. 1938; Movie: Released 1963}
  77. The True Meaning of Smekday (The movie Home) {Book series, p. 2007; Movie: Released 2015}
  78. Tuck Everlasting {Book, p. 1975; Movie: Released 2002}
  79. Twilight Series {Books, p. 2005-2008; Twilight: Released 2008; New Moon: 2009; Eclipse: 2010; Breaking Dawn, Part 1: 2011; Breaking Dawn, Part 2: 2013}
  80. Twitches {Book series, p. 2002-04; Twitches: Released 2005; Twitches Too, Released 2007}
  81. Journey to the Center of the Earth/20,000 Leagues Under the Sea {Book, p. 1864; Movie: Released 2008; Journey 2, Released 2012}
  82. War Horse {Book, p. 1982; Movie: Released 2011}
  83. Where the Red Fern Grows {Book, p. 1961; Movie: Released 1974}
  84. Where the Wild Things Are {Book, p. 1963; Movie: Released 2009}
  85. White Fang {Book, p. 1906; Movie: Released 1991}
  86. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz {Book, p. 1900; Movie: Released 1939; Oz the Great and Powerful, Released 2013}
  87. A Wrinkle in Time {Book Series, p. 1962; Movie: Released 2018 (not available yet)}
  88. Wonder {Book, p. 2012; Movie: Released 2017}
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Did I miss any? Which one/s are your fave? Let me know in the comments below!

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8 Comments
  • Liz Cleland

    March 9, 2018 at 8:38 pm Reply

    We have been really getting our son into reading more this year. Percy Jackson has been his favorite for right now!

    • Stella

      March 13, 2018 at 8:44 am Reply

      We love Percy Jackson, too! I wish they’d hurry up and make more of them, though! lol!

  • Nicole Anderson

    March 10, 2018 at 4:58 am Reply

    I love that there are so many movies made from adapting children’s books. With so much technology around I believe that we are no longer reading as many books. It is a wonderful thing when you see a child quietly reading a book, because they have seen the movie.

  • Cammeo Murrah

    March 10, 2018 at 9:11 pm Reply

    What a great roundup! I’m totally pinning this for later!

  • Megha

    March 11, 2018 at 6:35 pm Reply

    Wow this is a huge list. Thanx for the compilation.

  • Clair Cook

    March 12, 2018 at 12:14 am Reply

    Love this! My kids love to watch a movie that goes along with a book they have read. Their favorites right now are some of the Dr. Seuss movies. As my kids get older, they will appreciate the connection even more so as they truly start reading. I honestly love most movie-based films best!

  • Jenn

    March 13, 2018 at 8:50 am Reply

    I didn’t realize some of these started off as books. Saving this to watch some I’ve never seen!

    • Stella

      April 12, 2018 at 8:09 am Reply

      Me neither till I started diving into this! So funny how so many movies are going toward this trend these days. Hope you find some you love!
      xo,
      Stella

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