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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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Charlie and the Chocolat... 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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#61 of 1,302 The Best Novels Ever Writtenlisted on The Best Selling Books of All Time Children's Books: Teachers' Top 100 Books For Children

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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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#275 of 1,302 The Best Novels Ever Written #158 of 317 The Top Must-Read Books of All Time #200 of 837 Books That Changed Your Life

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How the Grinch Stole Chr... is listed (or ranked) 3 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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#37 of 317 The Top Must-Read Books of All Time #13 of 54 The Best Books for First Graders #2 of 108 The Greatest Books to Read to Kids

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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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#27 of 1,302 The Best Novels Ever Written #14 of 172 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Readlisted on The Best Selling Books of All Time

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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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#34 of 1,302 The Best Novels Ever Writtenlisted on The Best Selling Books of All Time Children's Books: Teachers' Top 100 Books For Children

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Winnie-the-Pooh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 7 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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#75 of 317 The Top Must-Read Books of All Time #153 of 837 Books That Changed Your Life #33 of 122 The Best Overall Books for Kids

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The Hundred and One Dalm... is listed (or ranked) 8 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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The Wonderful Wizard of ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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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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The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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The Lorax is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 13 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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#29 of 63 The Best Books for Fourth Graderslisted on Children's Books: Teachers' Top 100 Books For Children

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Harry Potter and the Ord... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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The Lion, the Witch and ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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The Chronicles of Narnia... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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#3 of 41 The Best Young Adult Adventure Books #4 of 131 The Best Fantasy Book Serieslisted on Children's Books: Teachers' Top 100 Books For Children

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Harry Potter and the Phi... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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Stuart Little is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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Horton Hears a Who! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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Dumbo, the Flying Elepha... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Helen Aberson
Movie Adaptation: Dumbo (1941)
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Harry Potter and the Cha... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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Curious George is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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Madeline is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
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Harry Potter and the Gob... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies