Book to Film

The books listed below have made or will make the transition to the big screen. While we don’t necessarily vouch for the quality of the films, we thought it was a list of titles that might hold some interest. Our recommendation is to read the book first, then watch the film. 

JUST LIKE REAL LIFE

  • Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (age 4-8)
  • Curious George by Margaret & H.A. Rey (age 4-8)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, age 7-12)
  • Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary (Ramona Quimby Series, age 8-12)
  • Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Paterson (age 8-12)
  • The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin (age 8-12)
  • How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell (age 8-12)
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (age 8-12)
  • Holes by Louis Sachar (age 8-12)
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (age 10+)

ACTION/ADVENTURE

  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events Series, age 7-12) 
  • City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (Books of Ember Series, age 8-12)
  • The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke (age 8-12)
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games Trilogy, age 12+)

FANTASY ACTION/ADVENTURE

  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (age 4-8)
  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (age 4-8)
  • Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (age 5-8)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia, age 8+)
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials Trilogy, age 8+)
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series, age 8-12)
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (age 8-12)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (age 8-12)
  • The Witches by Roald Dahl (age 8-12)
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (age 8-12)
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl (age 8-12)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter Series, age 8+)
  • How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, age 9-12)
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman (age 14+)

FANTASY

  • Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss (age 4-8)
  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (age 4-8)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss (age 4-8)
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett; illustrated by Ron Barrett (age 4-8) 
  • Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne (age 7-12)
  • Charlotte’s Wes by E.B. White (age 7-12)

SCIENCE FICTION

  • I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (Lorien Legacies, age 12+)

MYSTERY

ROMANCE

PARANORMAL

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