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Over 100 Children’s Books Made Into Movies (& which ones are Brave Writer guides)

It’s no secret that the book is always better than the movie! And for some families, the movie falls short of the book so badly that they regret watching. However, I enjoy seeing the differences! It a unique skill to see which parts get left out or changed. I also realize how much my kids recall of the story when they point out things in the movie that weren’t in the book! They are developing an appreciation of good writing, and see how film can’t include all the details.

Here’s a big list of kids’ books made into movies! If you don’t necessarily want books that are made from movies, check out my post on old classic movies for family movie nights!

Save this post so you can easily reference it when you need a new read aloud that has a movie to go with it.

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Books That Pair With Brave Writer Darts, Arrows, & Boomerangs

If you don’t know what Brave Writer books are, no worries because you can still read the books and watch the movies. But there’s a few of you who use Brave Writer for your language arts like we have, and might be happy to have a tidy list of book guides with movies to watch when you finish!

Here’s how we use the Brave Writer Darts, and here’s a complete layout of all the grammar covered in each of Darts and Arrows I’ve purchased.

Nim’s Island (dart)

The House At Pooh Corner (dart, also an Ambleside Online book)

Mr. Popper’s Penguins (dart, also an Ambleside Online book)

Charlotte’s Web (dart, also an Ambleside Online book)

Because Of Winn Dixie (arrow, also an Ambleside Online book)

The One And Only Ivan (arrow)

Pippi Longstocking (arrow)

Mrs. Frisby & The Rats Of Nimph (arrow, also an Ambleside Online book)

Stuart Little (arrow)

A Series Of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning (arrow)

The Secret Garden (arrow, also an Ambleside Online book)

The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe (arrow, also an Ambleside Online book) (movie is Narnia)

Sarah, Plain And Tall (arrow, also an Ambleside Online book)

The Wind In The Willows (arrow, also an Ambleside Online book)

Where The Red Fern Grows (arrow, also an Ambleside Online book)

Wonder (arrow)

Anne Of Green Gables (boomerang, also an Ambleside Online book)

Eragon (boomerang)

Holes (boomerang)

Call Of The Wild (boomerang, also an Ambleside Online book)

The Hobbit (boomerang)(1977 cartoon follows the book)

Hound Of Baskerville (boomerang)

A Wrinkle In Time (boomerang, also an Ambleside Online book)

Ambleside Online books that have movies

Paddle To The Sea

Anne Of Green Gables

Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory


Incredible Journey


Wishbone episodes of some classics

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

My Side Of The Mountain

Swiss Family Robinson

Dr. Dolittle

A Little Princess

The Incredible Journey (movie: Homeward Bound The Incredible Journey)

Peter Pan

The Wizard Of Oz


Little House On The Prairie episodes

The Borrowers

Alice In Wonderland

Snow Treasure

The Call Of The Wild

Treasure Island

Little Women

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Oliver Twist

Robinson Crusoe

To Kill A Mockingbird

More books made into movies

The Secret Of Moonacre

The Tale Of Despereaux

The Invention of Hugo Cabret (movie Hugo)

Flora And Ulysses

Romano and Beezus

Legend Of The Guardians

Tuck Everlasting

My Friend Flicka

How To Eat Fried Worms

The Iron Giant

Jungle Book


The Black Stallion

The Book Thief

Catherine Called Birdy

Phantom Tollbooth

Tale Of Despereaux

Matilda (Roald Dahl)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (Roald Dahl)

Big Friendly Giant (Roald Dahl)

Witches(Roald Dahl)

James And The Giant Peach (Roald Dahl)

Fabulous Mr. Fox

The Mysterious Benedict Society


Bridge To Terabithia

Journey To The Center Of The Earth

Ella Enchanted

Bruno And Boots Books

Ender’s Game

Harry Potter

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

The Indian In The Cupboard


Harriet The Spy

Hotel For Dogs

How To Train Your Dragon

The Princess Diaries

The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants

The Spiderwick Chronicles

Movies made from picture books

The Gruffalo

Where The Wild Things Are

The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh

Horton Hears A Who

The Lorax

The Cat In The Hat

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Clifford The Big Red Dog

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

Curious George

The Night At The Museum


Lyle, Lyle Crocodile

Grown up movies made from books:

The endurance

The Blind Side


The Princess Bride