Kids Movies The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies  

Walter Graves
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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)

2
533 120
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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426 99
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)

4
440 110
How the Grinch Stole Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 4 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)

5
409 100
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 5 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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367 100
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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362 99
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)

8
372 106
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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303 77
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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384 121
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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378 125
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)

12
309 90
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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409 151
The Chronicles of Narnia is listed (or ranked) 13 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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377 134
Harry Potter and the Order of ... is listed (or ranked) 14 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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269 77
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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319 110
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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340 124
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
J. K. Rowling Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter

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245 71
Horton Hears a Who! is listed (or ranked) 18 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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262 82
Stuart Little is listed (or ranked) 19 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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277 91
Dumbo, the Flying Elephant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Helen Aberson Movie Adaptation: Dumbo (1941)

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300 109
Matilda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Roald Dahl Movie Adaptation: Matilda (1996)

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294 114
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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295 117
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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239 84
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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229 78
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)