The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies

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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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    • First Published: 1964
    • Subjects: Chocolate, Classics, Adventure, Family, Folklore
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Fantasy
    • Original Language: Welsh Language, English Language

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

  • Mary Poppins
    P. L. Travers
    520 votes
    • First Published: 1934
    • Subjects: Musical theatre, Women, Theatre, London, Performing arts
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature
    Movie Adaptation: Mary Poppins (1964)
  • Charlotte's Web
    E. B. White
    438 votes
    • First Published: 1952
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature
    • Original Language: English Language

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

    • First Published: 1957-11-24
    • Genres (Book): Children's literature
    • Original Language: English Language

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