Books Turned into Movies . . .

When you love a book, few things are more exciting (or more nerve-wracking) than seeing it turned into a movie. While not every movie based on a book manages to live up to fans’ imagination, the ones on this list are almost as good on the screen as they were on the page.

Favorite book adaptation promotes brains over brawn.
On DVD/Streaming
(2011)
Picture-book adaptation will delight even youngest kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
Picture book gets a sweet musical adaptation for families.
On DVD/Streaming
(2012)
Jaunty animation meets jazzy songs in Disney classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(2007)
Enchanting take on a beloved children’s classic.
On DVD/Streaming
(2007)
Books-inspired movie has great social messages for kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
 
Charming story about beloved bear has some scares.
On DVD/Streaming
(2015)
Beautiful, moving cartoon tale based on classic book series.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.
On DVD/Streaming
(2002)
Bright, spirited, and edgy version of Willy Wonka.
On DVD/Streaming
(2005)
Spectacular book adaptation is great for tweens and up.
On DVD/Streaming
(2012)
Star-studded book-inspired movie is cross-generational fun.
On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.
On DVD/Streaming
(2001)
Great book, great adaptation.
On DVD/Streaming
(2000)
 
Sweet book-based comedy has great family messages.
On DVD/Streaming
(2015)
Timeless classic faithfully rendered.
On DVD/Streaming
(2006)
Cool but creepy animated fantasy too scary for young kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(2009)
Adorable comedy about middle-school anxieties…and farts.
On DVD/Streaming
(2010)
Sometimes-dark adaptation focuses on friendship, loneliness.
On DVD/Streaming
(2010)
Adaptation of Dickens’ classic retains book’s dark themes.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
A beautiful, rare family film that everyone can enjoy.
On DVD/Streaming
(2005)
Pain makes life colorful in dystopian adaptation.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
Inspiring seize-the-day tale with some peril and flirting.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
Emotional WWII drama explores loss, literacy, and love.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
A respectful — though long — dramatization.
On DVD/Streaming
(2004)
Tender, well-acted teen drama is true to classic Blume book.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
Strong female character leads in violent dystopia.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
Heartbreaking love story is a must-see for fans of the book.
On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
Intense adaptation is violent, thought-provoking for teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(2012)
Fabulous immigrant-family saga to see with teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(2007)
Intense WWII biopic is inspiring but doesn’t go deep enough.
On DVD/Streaming
(2015)
Despite violence, book-based zombie romance is OK for teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
Book-based drama for mature teens tackles tough subjects.
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