Movies and Books

Did you know that most of the children's movies that you enjoy originated as popular children's books? Good books make good movies. Read the book before the movie comes out!

tells you WHY the movie has the rating that it does.

It's very informative and will give you a better idea of whether you want to take your children to see the movie.


A Wrinkle in Time-March. This is a classic science fiction book by Madeleine L'Engle that won the Newbery Award for best children's literature.  I could see how the movie could be very scary. It should be interesting for your older children.

Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter-Feb.  This is a classic picture book story of a rabbit family trying to survive. It is a favorite with the under 5 crowd all over the world.

The House With the Clock in It's Walls, Sept. by John Bellairs. This author wrote a series of scary books that I used to LOVE.  Think of it as Stephen King, light.

The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling, Oct. This will be based on the classic and NOT be like the sweet versions that you have seen recently.  Read the book to see why.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss, Nov. This will be an animated version.

Mary Poppins Returns, Dec. There were actually 8 Mary Poppins books that were published.  This movie seems to span more than one of the later books. Enjoy.


Wonder, based on the book by R.J. Palacio is based on the wildly popular children's book about a boy with a severe facial deformity, his relationships with his family and schoolmates.


The Little Prince, based on the book by Saint-Exupery.  This is a story that seems to be adapted, in one form or another, every few years.  Readers love it for it's tender themes of love, hope, and loss.


This doesn't seem to be a big year for children's books at the movies.  There are several movies that are LOOSELY based on books, but I'm not listing those.

The Hunger Games Catching Fire will be coming out in Nov. of 2013.  These books by Suzanne Collins are for older readers

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters will be coming out in August of 2013. It is book two in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan (actually called Sea of Monsters). Come check them out!


"The Hobbit," book by Tolkien, December 19, 2012.  Even if your child is too young to enjoy reading The Lord of Rings, he might love the book, The Hobbit. And you might have a blast reading it together!  Then go see the movie.

"The Secret World Arritty," from The borrowers, by Mary Norton , a classic chldren's book debuted on Feb. 17.  Did anyone see it?


Hugo, based on the Caldecott winner, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by

Brian Selznick debuted on November 23. The book is a beautifully illustrated 500+ page picture book (with writing interspersed throughout) that you have to see to believe. Come check it out!


Dorothy of Oz, March

This is based on a book by the great grandson of L. Frank Baum, the originator of the Oz legacy.

The Lorax, March 2

One of Ted Geisel's masterpieces is coming to a screen near you.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2

July--It's all over.

You should read the series, starting at the beginning. It's very straight-forward and makes good reading for any age child who can handle the volume of the volumes

Winnie the Pooh-July 2011

based on the charming book by A. A. Milne. Come check it out.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, June 2011

I don't think that this was directly taken from any ONE J.M. book.

We have the collection!

Mr. Potter's Penguins-June 2011

This is based on the classic by the Atwaters. Every child should read this!

Rodrick Rules, March 2

Another in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, by Jeff Kinney.

Kids love this.

Older Movies

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader came out on Dec.10, 2010. The book, by C.S. Lewis, is a classic!

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift is not, strictly speaking, a children's book, but

should be a great spectacle and might inspire you to read with your child. Make sure that you read ahead if you do!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be cut up and released as two films.

Part 1 came out in Nov. What kind of ending was that??

Ramona and Beezus came out in July 2010. It is (obviously) based on the book, Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary.

The Lighning Thief has arrived.

It's based on the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. Come check it out.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid opened in March. I think that this movie, based on the books by Jeff Kinney, will cause a stampede of smaller feet to the movies.

Alice in Wonderland opened in March. We never seem to tire of the classics.

Fantastic Mr. Fox has been released.

This book, by Roald Dahl is read in classes at our school. Over time, all of Mr. Dahl's books find their way to the movie screen.

Where the Wild Things Are was released in Oct, 2009.

This is one of our favorite Caldecott Medal books.

Having said that, the question is-Is this a children's movie? Possibly not. Buyer beware. Read the reviews and know your child.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, released Oct. 2009. This books was written in 1979. Why did it take so long to be made into a movie?

The computer technology caught up to the imagination in the book.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince,

came out. We loved it.


This movie is based on the book by Neil Gaiman about a girl whose parents are replaced by weird doll-like beings. The movie is opening on Feb. 6th. We have the graphic novel in our library.

Race to Witch Mountain

This movie is based on the book, Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key. You might remember the Disney film from many years ago (which was on t.v. just last month). The movie is opened on March 13. Check out the book.


This movie is based on the Cornelia Funke book of the same title. This is HIGH FANTASY. The movie opened on
January 30, 2009. Check out the book

Hotel for Dogs

is a book by Lois Duncan from 1971. The movie opened on Jan. 16. Check out the book.

Marley and Me,

a story of a man and his dog is wonderful!

by John Grogan opened on December 25, 2008.

Check out the book.


by Kate DiCamillo, came out on

December 19, 2008.

This tale of a mouse and a princess won the Caldecott Award. The book is priceless.

We have both the original novel and a book that was made based on the movie.

City of Ember

This book was written by Jeanne DuPrau, and is one of a trilogy which also includes People of Sparks and Prophet of Yonwood. Come check it out.

The movie opened October 10, 2008.

Kit Kittredge, An American Girl

This movie is based on the character from

the American Girl books, which are kept in 3+.

The movie opened on July 2, 2008.


Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian

This movie is another in the series that includes The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. The book's title is Prince Caspian. Come check it out.

The next movie in the series will be The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Nim's Island

This movie is based on a book by Wendy Orr. Come check it out.

The Water Horse, Legend of the Deep

This movie is based on a novel by Dick King-Smith, one of my favorite authors for 4th graders who generally writes fantasy books about animals of all kinds. Check out the book.


The Dark is Rising

This movie is based on one of the Susan Cooper books from the fantasy series that includes The Grey King, The Dark is Rising, Silver in the Tree, Greenwitch, and Over Sea, Under Stone . The series is considered a classic and a must-read for 5th graders or older students. Come check it out in the library.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,

based on the book by J.K. Rowling.

You really should read the books in order. Then go back to the movie. It's fun to see what was left out!

Nancy Drew,

based on the character from the Carolyn Keane stories.

The Spiderwick Chronicles

This movie is based on the books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.

You'll love the books!

(They left book #4 out of the movie!)

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