The 8 Best Books Turned Movies For Young Children

If you are like me, you dread these cold, unbearable months where everyone is stuck inside and you are frantic to find something to keep your busy littles entertained.

Before having kids, one of my favorite ways to pass a snowy day was by curling up with a good book and now that I'm a mom, I still feel the same! Though our  choice in snow day books has dramatically changed (I had to trade in Lianne Moriarty for Dr. Seuss), we still enjoy cuddling up by the fire and getting lost in a good story. 

Want to take the reading fun a step further? Pair the book with a movie! One of our boys' all-time favorite things is a movie night in bed with popcorn and snacks, which is made all-the-more special with characters we know from a previously read book! 

If you want to keep the kiddos entertained with a good book and colorful movie, we recommend looking into our 8 favorite children's books turned movies: 

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1. Charolette's Web

Now you know we couldn't begin this list without revisiting one of the best books-turned-movies from OUR childhood! Set on a farm, Charolette's Web tells the story of Wilbur the pig and his unlikely friendship with a talented spider. Whether you opt for the old Hanna-Barbera cartoon or the live action flick, you are guaranteed a memorable evening.

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2. Paddington

I'm not sure which is a bigger staple in our home: the Paddington books or the movies! For those unfamiliar with the tale, Paddington is a young, Anglophilic bear from Darkest Peru who travels to London in search of a new family. While the movies do not follow the books exactly (or at all, in the case of the 2nd one), they are both wholesome and laugh out loud funny, making for a perfect movie night for the entire family.

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3. Peter Rabbit

Okay, so the film does not follow the books at ALL (minus a short, one-minute animated montage at the very beginning), but we still love Peter, Benjamin, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail! If you want to get your toddlers and preschoolers belly laughing this evening, look no further than this modern take on Beatrix Potter's beloved series.

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4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Expanding upon the iconic book, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is as fun as it is colorful. Voiced by the hilarious Bill Hader, Cloudy tells the silly story of Flint Lockwood; an inventor who turns stormy skies into falling food, which quickly takes on a destructive, yet entertaining twist. 

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5. Horton Hears a Who

Another fun and colorful computer animated gem is Horton Hears a Who, which includes the voices of Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell, and also stresses the importance of how “A person’s a person, no matter how small." Whether you are young or old, you are sure to enjoy both this Dr. Seuss classic and its accompanying book!

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6. Rapunzel/Tangled

Gotta Disney lover in the family? Then it is time to pull out your old Rapunzel book! While Tangled does not follow the same exact storyline as Rapunzel, the basic bones are there, making it easily recognizable to even the youngest of viewers.

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7. The Polar Express

'Tis the season, folks! Unlike many of our selections, the Polar Express does a great job at following the book and creating pure Christmas magic. (Want to amp it up even more? Read the book, watch the movie, and take the kids on the ACTUAL Polar Express, which is currently taking off in most states — just google "your state + polar express to learn more!)

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8. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

One last Christmas movie because, well, Christmas. (Fun idea: Read the book and then take your child to see the new Grinch movie in theaters!)

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Obviously, the older your kids get, more and more options become available (Harry Potter, Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland), but in the meantime, we know that your preschooler will love these book/movie combos!

Does your family have a favorite book/correlating movie? Please share it with us in the comments.

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