A literary film fiesta for the holidays

Hollywood takes a page from kids' lit this holiday season.

By Valle Dwight

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Classic tales with a twist

While there’s not a huge number of children's holiday movies to pick from this year, they do share an interesting trait: All are adaptations of classic or popular stories. KJ Dell’Antonia, a former reviewer for Common Sense Media and now a writer for Slate’s DoubleX and XX Factor blog, suggests that parents use the movies as a springboard for getting their kids to read the original tales. “Talk about how the story has been updated,” she says. “Compare the film with the book and see which they like better.”

Valle Dwight is a reporter, writer, and mother of two school-aged boys. She has written for many magazines, including FamilyFun, Wondertime, and Working Mother.