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The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies

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List Criteria: Upvote the best film versions of classic children's books and memorable childhood stories.

The book might usually be better than the movie, but that hasn't stopped these classic kid's books from being turned into films. This list of children's book to movie adaptations ranks the best of these kid's books that have been adapted into feature films. Children's books made into movies are always fun because children already know the characters. Children's literature is in many ways timeless. The books we were read as a child, we now read to our own kids. This makes children's books a safe bet for film adaptations, and the film adaptations on this list are some of the best. If multiple adaptations of a children's book have been made, we've tried to list the most popular kids books made into movies. Since only the best, famous, and most popular children's books tend to be made into movies, one could also consider this to be a list of some of the greatest children's books of all time.

So what top books were made into movies? This list seeks to answer that question with a thorough look of all books that made it onto the big screen. Cast your votes for the best on this list of books made into movies, or rerank the list and add any great kid's book movie adaptations that are missing!


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    Roald Dahl Movie Adaptation: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

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    P. L. Travers Movie Adaptation: Mary Poppins (1964)

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    Dr. Seuss Movie Adaptation: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

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    E. B. White Movie Adaptation: Charlotte's Web (2006)

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    Dodie Smith Movie Adaptation: One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

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    Chris Van Allsburg, George Spelvin Movie Adaptation: Jumanji (1995)

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    Lewis Carroll, William Glennon Movie Adaptation: Alice in Wonderland (2010)

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    Milan Trenc Movie Adaptation: Night at the Museum (2006)

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    A. A. Milne Movie Adaptation: Winnie the Pooh (2011)

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    L. Frank Baum Movie Adaptation: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)

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    Chris Van Allsburg Movie Adaptation: The Polar Express (2004)

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    Rudyard Kipling Movie Adaptation: The Jungle Book (1967)

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    Movie Adaptation: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

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    Dr. Seuss Movie Adaptation: Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

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    Dr. Seuss Movie Adaptation: The Lorax (2012)

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    E. B. White Movie Adaptation: Stuart Little (1999)

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    Movie Adaptation: How To Train Your Dragon (2010)

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    Helen Aberson Movie Adaptation: Dumbo (1941)

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    C. S. Lewis Movie Adaptation: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

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    Dr. Seuss Movie Adaptation: The Cat in the Hat (2003)

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    Roald Dahl Movie Adaptation: Matilda (1996)

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    Felix Salten Movie Adaptation: Bambi(1942)

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    J. K. Rowling Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

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    Fred Gipson Movie Adaptation: Old Yeller (1957)

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    Donna Diamond, Katherine Paterson Movie Adaptation: Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

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    Ludwig Bemelmans Movie Adaptation: Madeline (1998)

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    J. K. Rowling Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter

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    H. A. Rey, Margret Rey Movie Adaptation: Curious George (2006)

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    William Steig Movie Adaptation: Shrek (2001)

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    Mary Rodgers Movie Adaptation: Freaky Friday (2003)

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    Jules Verne Movie Adaptation: Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

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    Dr. Seuss Movie Adaptation: Dr. Seuss on the Loose (1973) (TV)

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    Maurice Sendak Movie Adaptation: Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

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    Jonathan Swift Movie Adaptation: Gulliver's Travels (2010)

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    J. K. Rowling Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

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    J. K. Rowling Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

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    Norman Bridwell Movie Adaptation: Clifford's Really Big Movie (2004)

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    Roald Dahl Movie Adaptation: James and the Giant Peach (1996)

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    Frances Hodgson Burnett Movie Adaptation: The Secret Garden (1993)

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    T. H. White Movie Adaptation: The Sword in the Stone (1963)

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    Louisa May Alcott Movie Adaptation: Little Women (1994)

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    Anna Sewell Movie Adaptation: Black Beauty(1994)

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    Alexander Key Movie Adaptation: Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

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    Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater Movie Adaptation: Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

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    Sheila Burnford Movie Adaptation: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

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    Michael Ende Movie Adaptation: The NeverEnding Story (1984)

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    Judith Viorst Movie Adaptation: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

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    J. K. Rowling Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)

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    Alexandre Dumas Movie Adaptation: The Three Musketeers (1993)

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