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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. 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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Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl

Movie Adaptations:
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

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482 110
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Mary Poppins P. L. Travers Movie Adaptation: Mary Poppins (1964)

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386 86
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Charlotte's Web E. B. White

Movie Adaptations:
Charlotte's Web (1973)
Charlotte's Web (2006)

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399 92
How the Grinch Stole Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Dr. Seuss

Movie Adaptations:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

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362 90
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

Movie Adaptations:
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)

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340 95
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling

Movie Adaptations:
The Jungle Book (1967)
The Jungle Book (2016)

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325 91
The Hundred and One Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
The Hundred and One Dalmatians Dodie Smith

Movie Adaptations:
One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
101 Dalmatians (1996)

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326 92
Winnie-the-Pooh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Winnie-the-Pooh A. A. Milne Movie Adaptation: Winnie the Pooh (2011)

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351 108
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum Movie Adaptation: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)

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268 71
The Night at the Museum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
The Night at the Museum Milan Trenc Movie Adaptation: Night at the Museum (2006)

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346 110
Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Jumanji Chris Van Allsburg, George Spelvin Movie Adaptation: Jumanji (1995)

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273 78
The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
The Polar Express Chris Van Allsburg Movie Adaptation: The Polar Express (2004)

The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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The Chronicles of Narnia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
The Chronicles of Narnia Movie Adaptation: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

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243 67
The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
The Lorax Dr. Seuss Movie Adaptation: The Lorax (2012)

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296 96
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis Movie Adaptation: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

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Harry Potter and the Order of ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J. K. Rowling Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

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305 108
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone J. K. Rowling Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter

The Best Novels Ever Written

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Horton Hears a Who! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Horton Hears a Who! Dr. Seuss Movie Adaptation: Horton Hears a Who! (2008)

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252 82
Dumbo, the Flying Elephant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Dumbo, the Flying Elephant Helen Aberson Movie Adaptation: Dumbo (1941)

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272 94
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Matilda Roald Dahl Movie Adaptation: Matilda (1996)

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236 74
Stuart Little is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Stuart Little E. B. White Movie Adaptation: Stuart Little (1999)

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262 101
Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J. K. Rowling Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J. K. Rowling Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

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206 69
The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss Movie Adaptation: The Cat in the Hat (2003)

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286 125
How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
How to Train Your Dragon Movie Adaptation: How To Train Your Dragon (2010)

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211 80
Madeline is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Madeline Ludwig Bemelmans Movie Adaptation: Madeline (1998)

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220 86
Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Bridge to Terabithia Donna Diamond, Katherine Paterson Movie Adaptation: Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

The Best Books Written Under Pen Names

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213 82
Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Old Yeller Fred Gipson Movie Adaptation: Old Yeller (1957)

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162 50
Curious George is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Curious George H. A. Rey, Margret Rey Movie Adaptation: Curious George (2006)

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186 69
Bambi, a Life in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Bambi, a Life in the Woods Felix Salten Movie Adaptation: Bambi(1942)

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166 56
Green Eggs and Ham is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss Movie Adaptation: Dr. Seuss on the Loose (1973) (TV)

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230 100
Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J. K. Rowling Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)

The Most Rewatchable Movies

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187 72
Around the World in Eighty Day... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Around the World in Eighty Days Jules Verne Movie Adaptation: Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

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175 65
Where the Wild Things Are is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak Movie Adaptation: Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

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227 101
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J. K. Rowling Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

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142 48
Clifford, the Big Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Clifford, the Big Red Dog Norman Bridwell Movie Adaptation: Clifford's Really Big Movie (2004)

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176 74
The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett Movie Adaptation: The Secret Garden (1993)

Everyday Tech That Didn't Become Mainstream Until After Y2K

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188 87
Shrek! is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Shrek! William Steig Movie Adaptation: Shrek (2001)

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153 62
Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Freaky Friday Mary Rodgers Movie Adaptation: Freaky Friday (2003)

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Harry Potter and the Half-Bloo... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J. K. Rowling Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

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134 52
Escape to Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Escape to Witch Mountain Alexander Key Movie Adaptation: Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

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163 75
Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift Movie Adaptation: Gulliver's Travels (2010)

The Best Female Characters in Literature

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James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl Movie Adaptation: James and the Giant Peach (1996)

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Little Women is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Little Women Louisa May Alcott Movie Adaptation: Little Women (1994)

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140 60
The Incredible Journey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
The Incredible Journey Sheila Burnford Movie Adaptation: Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

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133 55
A Journey to the Center of the... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies

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144 68
Heidi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Heidi Johanna Spyri Movie Adaptation: Heidi (1937)

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124 55
Mr. Popper's Penguins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Mr. Popper's Penguins Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater Movie Adaptation: Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

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169 95
The Neverending Story is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
The Neverending Story Michael Ende Movie Adaptation: The NeverEnding Story (1984)

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169 95
Black Beauty is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Black Beauty Anna Sewell Movie Adaptation: Black Beauty(1994)