Living 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. 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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537 121
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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430 100
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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444 110
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)

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414 100
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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369 100
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)

7
364 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)

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373 106
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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306 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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387 121
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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379 126
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
311 91
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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410 151
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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380 136
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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272 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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322 110
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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343 126
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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279 92
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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302 109
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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295 116
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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233 78
The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies
Dr. Seuss
Movie Adaptation: The Cat in the Hat (2003)

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241 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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296 119
Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 25 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)