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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
Roald Dahl

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

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557 130
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
P. L. Travers
Movie Adaptation: Mary Poppins (1964)
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449 111
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
E. B. White

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

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428 103
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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

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460 117
How the Grinch Stole Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Dr. Seuss

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

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384 105
Winnie-the-Pooh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
A. A. Milne
Movie Adaptation: Winnie the Pooh (2011)
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375 102
The Hundred and One Dalmatians is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Dodie Smith

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

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388 110
The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Rudyard Kipling

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

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315 80
The Night at the Museum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Milan Trenc
Movie Adaptation: Night at the Museum (2006)
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400 124
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
L. Frank Baum
Movie Adaptation: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)
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390 131
Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Chris Van Allsburg, George Spelvin
Movie Adaptation: Jumanji (1995)
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324 96
The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Chris Van Allsburg
Movie Adaptation: The Polar Express (2004)
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402 140
Harry Potter and the Order of ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
J. K. Rowling
Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
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429 158
The Chronicles of Narnia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Movie Adaptation: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
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283 83
The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Dr. Seuss
Movie Adaptation: The Lorax (2012)
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366 131
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
J. K. Rowling
Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter
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335 115
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
C. S. Lewis
Movie Adaptation: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
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318 114
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Roald Dahl
Movie Adaptation: Matilda (1996)
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289 100
Dumbo, the Flying Elephant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Helen Aberson
Movie Adaptation: Dumbo (1941)
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252 78
Horton Hears a Who! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Dr. Seuss
Movie Adaptation: Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
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268 89
Stuart Little is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
E. B. White
Movie Adaptation: Stuart Little (1999)
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314 120
Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
J. K. Rowling
Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
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312 123
Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
J. K. Rowling
Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
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249 86
Madeline is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Ludwig Bemelmans
Movie Adaptation: Madeline (1998)
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241 85
The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Dr. Seuss
Movie Adaptation: The Cat in the Hat (2003)