These days, parents are spoiled for choice when it comes to entertainment for their kids. Whether it's the newest superhero movie for the older kids, or Pixar's latest hit, there are more options than ever. But writers have been entertaining kids since long before movies ever existed, and there are hundreds, if not thousands, of amazing stories available at the click of a button.
Not only are these movies based on kids books fun, funny and exciting, they can be a wonderful gateway to the world of reading for younger kids. Child development specialists have been vocal about the benefits of reading for children of all ages, and there are numerous studies linking reading to increased brain health and better social skills.
If you're curious what book adaptation films can kids watch, you've come to the right place. All of these movies are rated G or PG, and are suitable for most children.
So if you're looking for good book adaptation movies for kids, you've come to the right place! Whether it's Dr. Seuss or JK Rowling, here are some great films that will entertain both you and your kids. Feel free to add items, and don't forget to vote up the very best movies for kids based on books!
Released: 2001 - Present
Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky JensonThe Shrek franchise from DreamWorks Animation, based on William Steig's picture book Shrek!, consists of four computer-animated films including: Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), ...more
Directed by: Andrew AdamsonDuring the World War II bombings of London, four English siblings are sent to a country house where they will be safe. One day Lucy (Georgie Henley) finds a wardrobe that transports her to a magical ...more
Directed by: Spike JonzeFeeling misunderstood at home and at school, mischievous Max (Max Records) escapes to the land of the Wild Things, majestic -- and sometimes fierce -- creatures. They allow Max to become their ...more
Directed by: Danny DeVitoMatilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny DeVito. The screenplay by Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord is based on Roald Dahl's novel of the same name. ...more
Directed by: Wolfgang ReithermanThe Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
Directed by: Tim BurtonBased on the beloved Roald Dahl tale, this comedic and fantastical film follows young Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore) and his Grandpa Joe (David Kelly) as they join a small group of contest winners ...more
Directed by: Garry MarshallThe Princess Diaries is a 2001 American comedy film produced by singer and actress Whitney Houston and directed by Garry Marshall. It is based on Meg Cabot's 2000 novel of the same name. The film ...more
Directed by: Andrew DavisHoles is a 2003 American comedy-drama adventure film based on the 1998 novel of the same title by Louis Sachar, with Shia LaBeouf as the lead role of Stanley Yelnats IV and also starring Khleo ...more
Directed by: Chris NoonanGentle farmer Arthur Hoggett (James Cromwell) wins a piglet named Babe (Christine Cavanaugh) at a county fair. Narrowly escaping his fate as Christmas dinner when Farmer Hoggett decides to show him ...more
Directed by: Agnieszka HollandAdaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic fairy tale, "The Secret Garden." Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly) is an orphan sent to live with her uncle at his mansion that is full of secrets. She ...more
Directed by: Thor FreudenthalDiary of a Wimpy Kid is a 2010 American comedy film directed by Thor Freudenthal and based on Jeff Kinney's book of the same name. The film stars Zachary Gordon and Devon Bostick. Robert Capron, ...more
Directed by: Henry SelickFeaturing stop-motion animation and live action, this inventive adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved children's tale follows the adventures of James (Paul Terry), an orphaned young British boy. Forced ...more
Directed by: Peter HewittChildren's author Mary Norton's storybook creations, the four-inch-tall family of "borrowers" who live among humans and co-op their possessions. When a crooked lawyer (John Goodman) takes over the ...more
Directed by: Robert StevensonWhen Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael (Matthew Garber), the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival ...more
Directed by: Henry SelickWhile exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a secret door, behind which lies an alternate world that closely mirrors her own but, in many ways, is better. She ...more
Released: 2001 - 2011
Directed by: Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, David YatesHarry Potter is a British-American film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling. The series is distributed by Warner Bros. and consists of eight fantasy films. A spin-off ...more
Directed by: Michael AptedVisiting their annoying cousin, Eustace, Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmund Pevensie (Skandar Keynes) come across a painting of a majestic ship called the Dawn Treader. Suddenly, the painting comes to ...more
Directed by: Alfonso CuarónWhen young Sara (Liesel Matthews) is sent to a boarding school by her well-meaning World War I-bound father (Liam Cunningham), the imaginative girl makes the best of things by entertaining her ...more
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The Adventures of Huck Finn
Directed by: Stephen SommersMischievous Huck Finn (Elijah Wood) is unnerved when his father (Ron Perlman), reemerging after years away, kidnaps him in an attempt to take away a $600 inheritance from his late mother. Fearing for
Directed by: Bronwen HughesHarriet (Michelle Trachtenberg) may only be in the sixth grade, but she's already found her calling: to be a spy. In a private journal she takes everywhere, Harriet records suspicious activity and ...more
Directed by: Tim BurtonDumbo is a 2019 American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton, based on the story by Helen Aberson. Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), a one-armed war veteran and former circus star, is hired by ...more
Directed by: Wes AndersonAfter 12 years of bucolic bliss, Mr. Fox (George Clooney) breaks a promise to his wife (Meryl Streep) and raids the farms of their human neighbors, Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Giving in to his animal ...more
Directed by: Mark OsborneThe Aviator introduces a girl to a world where she rediscovers her childhood and learns that it's human connections that matter most, and that it is only with heart that one can see rightly; what is ...more
Directed by: Frank Oz, Robert HarrisOn his birthday, Omri (Hal Scardino) is given several simple gifts, including an old wooden cupboard and a small plastic figurine of a Native American man. When he locks the toy inside the cabinet it ...more
Directed by: Jimmy Hayward, Steve MartinoAnimated elephant Horton (Jim Carrey) finds a speck of dust floating in the Jungle of Nool. Upon investigation of the speck, Horton discovers the tiny city of Who-ville and its residents, the Whos, ...more