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Popular Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies

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

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

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

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

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    Movie Adaptation: How To Train Your Dragon (2010)

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

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    Lewis Carroll Movie Adaptation: Alice in Wonderland (2010)

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

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

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

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    Roald Dahl Movie Adaptation: Matilda (1996)

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    Helen Aberson Movie Adaptation: Dumbo (1941)

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

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

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    Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter

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

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    William Steig Movie Adaptation: Shrek (2001)

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

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    Ted Hughes Movie Adaptation: The Iron Giant (1999)

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

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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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    J. K. Rowling Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

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    Michael Ende Movie Adaptation: The NeverEnding Story (1984)

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    Carlo Collodi Movie Adaptation: The Adventures of Pinocchio(1996)

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    Dr. Seuss Movie Adaptation: The Lorax (2012)

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    Ludwig Bemelmans Movie Adaptation: Madeline (1998)

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

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    J. K. Rowling Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

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    Robert Louis Stevenson Movie Adaptation: Treasure Island (1950)

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    J. K. Rowling Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

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    Alexandre Dumas Movie Adaptation: The Three Musketeers (1993)

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    Fred Gipson Movie Adaptation: Old Yeller (1957)

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    Charles Dickens Movie Adaptation: Oliver Twist (2005)

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    Anne Fine Movie Adaptation: Mrs. Doubtfire (1994)

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

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    Anna Sewell Movie Adaptation: Black Beauty(1994)

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    Judi Barrett Movie Adaptation: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

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

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    Felix Salten Movie Adaptation: Bambi(1942)

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

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    Mary Norton Movie Adaptation: The Borrowers (1997)

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    Astrid Lindgren Movie Adaptation: Pippi Longstocking (1969)

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

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