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The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies  

Walter Graves
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List Rules 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. Then  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! Then check out the best children's books of the decade and see how many have been turned into feature films.

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Where the Wild Things Ar... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Maurice Sendak
Movie Adaptation: Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

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#49 of 317 The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time #47 of 837 Books That Changed Your Lifelisted on The Best Selling Books of All Time

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The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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Clifford, the Big Red Do... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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Green Eggs and Ham is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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Bambi, a Life in the Woo... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Felix Salten
Movie Adaptation: Bambi(1942)
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Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Fred Gipson
Movie Adaptation: Old Yeller (1957)

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#138 of 1,302 The Best Novels Ever Written #162 of 317 The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time #4 of 134 The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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Harry Potter and the Dea... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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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#96 of 1,302 The Best Novels Ever Written #38 of 837 Books That Changed Your Lifelisted on The Best Selling Books of All Time

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Harry Potter and the Pri... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
J. K. Rowling
Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

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#55 of 1,302 The Best Novels Ever Written #3 of 102 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King #269 of 837 Books That Changed Your Life

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How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Mary Rodgers
Movie Adaptation: Freaky Friday (2003)
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Around the World in Eigh... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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Escape to Witch Mountain... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Alexander Key
Movie Adaptation: Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
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A Journey to the Center ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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Shrek! is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
William Steig
Movie Adaptation: Shrek (2001)
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Harry Potter and the Hal... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
J. K. Rowling
Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

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#66 of 1,302 The Best Novels Ever Written #53 of 837 Books That Changed Your Lifelisted on Quill Award Winning Books

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The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Movie Adaptation: The Secret Garden (1993)

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#52 of 1,302 The Best Novels Ever Written #118 of 837 Books That Changed Your Lifelisted on Children's Books: Teachers' Top 100 Books For Children

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The house at Pooh Corner... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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The Rescuers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Margery Sharp
Movie Adaptation: The Rescuers (1977)
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Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Jonathan Swift
Movie Adaptation: Gulliver's Travels (2010)

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#239 of 1,302 The Best Novels Ever Written #63 of 317 The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time #28 of 172 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read

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The Incredible Journey ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Sheila Burnford
Movie Adaptation: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
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Alexander and the Terrib... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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Mr. Popper's Penguins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater
Movie Adaptation: Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

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#27 of 63 The Best Books for Fourth Graders #41 of 54 The Best Books for First Graderslisted on Children's Books: Teachers' Top 100 Books For Children

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The Spiderwick Chronicle... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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Peter and Wendy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies