5 Books Turned Into Movies to Read & Watch With Your Kids


The book is always better than the movie. I would go so far as to say it’s a fact, but I can only think of a couple of instances where that might not be true.

Did you know that most of the movies we grew up on as kids are actually based on books??? Reading a book and then watching the movie can be educational and fun! I think it’s so meaningful and exciting to share things from your childhood and maybe even see them cherish it too!  

Here are five of my favorite books and movies to get you started.

1. 101 Dalmatians 

This one right here is a great book by Dodie Smith! And of course, Disney has done their magic of bringing it to life on the screen. Not once but twice, with the cartoon and the live-action! 

2. Charlotte’s Web

Such a sweet book and movie! Plus there are a couple of different versions available these days, which means multiple movie days! A great one to read together, it was written by E. B. White. 

3. A Wrinkle in Time

This one is a little out there for some, but I love this book. It was written by Madeleine L’Engle. The movies don’t quite do the book justice, but the movie released in 2018 is way better than the one from 2003.

4. Peter Pan

It’s amazing how this great story is timeless! The book was written by J. M. Barrie and works on all levels! Please don’t just watch the Disney version of the movie. There are so many out there but yes, I’m sure the cartoon will be your kid’s favorite! 

5. The Secret Garden

My favorite movie is the one with Maggie Smith from 1993! She can do no wrong in any role she plays! The book was written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Again, a classic and good for any kid! 

So here’s your summer reading program for your kids! Make it a fun challenge to read the book first, and then watch to see how different the movie is. Your kids will learn to compare and contrast the different versions all on their own! They might even become a book lover, which will limit their screen time and get them out of your hair… I mean into your lap if you want to read and cuddle! 

Check out your local library, bookstores, or online for these books and movies! Seek out your local library first! Seriously, you can get the library’s app and they have so many titles and resources right on your devices! 

I am a sucker for the classics, but there are so many good ones out there! Tell me your favorites! Don’t worry if you have little ones; if you start when they are young, they pick up way more than you realize! 



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