Movies Based on Books

When you love a book, few things are more exciting (or more nerve-racking) than seeing it turned into a movie. While not every movie based on a book manages to live up to fans' imaginations, the ones on this list are almost as good on the screen as they were on the page. Books made into movies also can be a great way to inspire kids who aren't big readers to crack open a novel they might otherwise have ignored. For more page-to-screen adaptations, be sure to check out our list of TV Shows Based on Books.

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The Gruffalo

age 3+

Favorite book adaptation promotes brains over brawn.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
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Lost and Found

age 3+

Picture-book adaptation will delight even youngest kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

age 3+

Remains faithful to A. A. Milne's beloved classic stories.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1977)
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The Snail and the Whale

age 3+

Joyful animation champions adventure, courage, friendship.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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MOVIE

Stellaluna

age 3+

Picture book gets a sweet musical adaptation for families.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2012)
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MOVIE

Zog

age 3+

Short animated adaptation is full of positive messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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Alice in Wonderland

age 4+

Surreal animated Disney classic with mild peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1951)
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Dr. Seuss: Green Eggs and Ham and Other Favorites

age 4+

Shoddy animation, but still classic Seuss.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2003)
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Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

age 4+

Adorable 'toon fun for all, no matter how small.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2008)
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The Snowy Day

age 4+

Love and community central to holiday book adaptation.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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Bambi

age 5+

Disney's original circle-of-life story.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1942)
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Charlotte's Web (2006)

age 5+

Enchanting take on a beloved children's classic.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2006)
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Dr. Seuss: The Lorax

age 5+

Outstanding 1970s parable about protecting nature.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1972)
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Mary Poppins

age 5+

World's coolest nanny celebrates family and fun.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1964)
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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

age 6+

Two classic stories told in the best Disney style.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1949)
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Babe

age 6+

Heartwarming farm story is touching and a bit scary.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1995)
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The Bad Guys

age 6+

Book-based animated heist is so fun, it's criminal.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

age 6+

A fantastical car story custom-made for kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1968)
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Dear Dumb Diary

age 6+

Books-inspired movie has great social messages for kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Ferdinand

age 6+

Sweet story about compassion, nonviolence has a few scares.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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