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Read the Book, Watch the Movie!

I love my movie collection and Netflix subscription almost as much as I love my books (almost…), so when a book becomes a movie it’s a great motivator to read the book and treat myself to a movie! Not only is it motivating, it helps me to set reading goals as well, especially if I want to see a new movie while it’s in theatres.

To motivate your kids to read more, you can start a “Read the Book, Watch the Movie” challenge! Pick a movie that is based on a book and make that your at home reading. If your child sticks with it and reads the book, you can have a family movie night (popcorn included!) where you watch the movie adaptation of the book.

There are TONS of movies that are based on books, from picture books to epic novels. If you begin this type of activity when children are young, they are more likely to continue as they get older. I try and read the book before or after I see the film adaptation, and I honestly believe it makes both experiences more meaningful. By reading the book and watching the movie, you can have discussions with your children about how they were the same and how they were different. Did the characters look the way you imagined? What happened in the book that did/didn’t happen in the movie? Did you like the movie or book better? What would you change?

If you need some inspiration for what book/movie pairing to choose, here are some suggestions broken down by book type. And if you’ve already seen the movie, that’s ok! It just means you’ll already know (or think you know) what will happen in the book.

Lights! Camera! Reading! 

Picture Books – Perfect for preschoolers and early primary. 

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  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
  • Horton Hears a Who by Doctor Seuss
  • The Lorax by Doctor Seuss
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Doctor Seuss
  • The Cat in the Hat by Doctor Seuss
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • Ant Bully by John Nickle
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
  • Curious George by H.A. Rey and Margret Rey  
  • A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce (adapted as Disney’s Meet the Robinsons)
  • Madeline series by Ludwig Bemelmans and John Bemelmans-Marciano
  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Winnie the Pooh series by A.A. Milne

 

Juvenile Novels – Depending on the book, anywhere from grade 3 to grade 8. 

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  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin
  • Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • The Witches by Roald Dahl
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • Guardians of Ga’Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky
  • The Guardians of Childhood series by William Joyce (adapted as Rise of the Guardians) 
  • Hoot by Carl Hiassen
  • How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
  • How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  • Mary Poppins series by P.L Travers
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
  • Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr and Kerry Millard
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony Di’Terlizzi and Holly Black
  • Stuart Little by E.B. White
  • Holes by Lois Sachar

 

YA Novels – For all the teens in your life.

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  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan
  • City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau
  • Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
  • Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini 
  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  • Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
  • The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Classic Novels – Only for the true bibliophiles. 

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  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Adventure of Tom Sawyer  by Mark Twain
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  • Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
  • Treasure Island  by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
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