When a book is so great, it’s made into a movie, think of it as a literacy-boosting opportunity for your child. Comparing different versions of the same story is great for comprehension. Talking about how the characters are similar and different is great for understanding character development. And envisioning changes you might make if you were to rewrite the story again is great for future writing skills. Use these lists to find great kids books made into movies that your whole family can enjoy and discuss.

Preschool books so great, they made a movie
Read and watch your child’s favorite characters — from Chrysanthemum to Clifford — and talk about what happens in the story versus the movie to build reading skills.
 


Kindergarten books so great, they made a movie
Kids will delight in seeing their favorite characters brought to life on screen. Plus, talking about how the book and movie compare builds reading skills.
 


1st grade books so great, they made a movie
From silly slapstick to not-so-scary monsters, your young reader will delight in seeing these favorite stories come to life on screen.
 


2nd grade books so great, they made a movie
Young readers will enjoy discussing how colorful characters like Fantastic Mr. Fox and the magical Nurse Matilda respond to challenges in the books versus the movies.
 


3rd grade books so great, they made a movie
From Frog and Toad to Stellaluna, children will love discussing how their favorite literary characters are represented on the big screen.
 


4th grade books so great, they made a movie
From Stuart Little to Harriet the precocious spy, children will love discussing how their favorite literary characters are represented on the big screen.
 


5th grade books so great, they made a movie
Visit Wonderland, Green Gables, or Coconut Grove — each of these riveting book-movie combos is a ticket to a smart reading discussion with your child.
 


6th grade books so great, they made a movie
Check out these books and movies — featuring adventures with dragons, hobbits, Gobblers, and more — to inspire a fun (and smart) discussion with your tween reader.
 


7th grade books so great, they made a movie
Use these books and movies — spanning genres from epic fantasy to young adult drama — to inspire a smart discussion with your tween reader.
 


8th grade books so great, they made a movie
These compelling reads (and movies) offer up intense characters and coming-of-age dramas for your teen to read, watch, and compare.
 


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Updated: July 24, 2020