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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)

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565 132
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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434 105
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 3 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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465 119
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)

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454 115
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 5 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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391 105
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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381 102
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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395 110
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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405 124
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 9 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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319 82
The Night at the Museum is listed (or ranked) 10 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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394 132
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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329 98
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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407 141
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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436 158
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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288 85
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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340 115
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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370 132
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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323 114
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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292 100
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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272 89
Stuart Little is listed (or ranked) 20 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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254 79
Horton Hears a Who! is listed (or ranked) 21 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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319 120
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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316 123
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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252 87
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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244 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)