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

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

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

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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: The Lorax (2012)

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

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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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    Movie Adaptation: How To Train Your Dragon (2010)

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

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    Fred Gipson Movie Adaptation: Old Yeller (1957)

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    Ludwig Bemelmans Movie Adaptation: Madeline (1998)

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

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    Mary Rodgers Movie Adaptation: Freaky Friday (2003)

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    J. K. Rowling Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter

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

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

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    William Steig Movie Adaptation: Shrek (2001)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Anna Sewell Movie Adaptation: Black Beauty(1994)

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

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    Louisa May Alcott Movie Adaptation: Little Women (1994)

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

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

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

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    Michael Ende Movie Adaptation: The NeverEnding Story (1984)

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    Kate DiCamillo Movie Adaptation: The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

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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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