The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies

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.

Photo:
Ranked by
    • 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
    2
    P. L. Travers
    • 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
    3
    E. B. White
    • 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)

  • Alice in Wonderland
    5
    Lewis Carroll, William Glennon
    • First Published: 1865

    Movie Adaptations:
    Alice in Wonderland (1951)
    Alice in Wonderland (2010)

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
    6
    • First Published: 1900-05-17
    • Subjects: Music, Wizards, United States of America, 20th century, History
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
    Movie Adaptation: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)
  • Winnie-the-Pooh
    7
    A. A. Milne
    • First Published: 1926-10-14
    • Subjects: Literature, Classics, Friendship, Animal, Performing arts
    • Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language
    Movie Adaptation: Winnie the Pooh (2011)
  • The Jungle Book
    8
    Rudyard Kipling
    • First Published: 1894
    • Subjects: Music, India, Folklore, Animal
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature
    • Original Language: English Language

    Movie Adaptations:
    The Jungle Book (1967)
    The Jungle Book (2016)

    • First Published: 1950
    • Subjects: Evacuations of civilians in Britain during World War II
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
    Movie Adaptation: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
  • Matilda
    10
    Roald Dahl
    • First Published: 1988
    • Subjects: Education, Humour, Classics, Adventure, Schools
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Humour, Children's literature, Fiction, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
    Movie Adaptation: Matilda (1996)
    • First Published: 2003-06-21
    • Subjects: Wizards, Coming of age, Schools, England
    • Genres (Book): Fiction, Young adult literature, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
    Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
  • Movie Adaptation: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
    • First Published: 1956
    • Subjects: Literature, Classics, Dalmatian, English Literature
    • Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language

    Movie Adaptations:
    One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
    101 Dalmatians (1996)

    • First Published: 1997-06-26
    • Subjects: Wizards, Education, Adventure, Friendship, Schools
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
    Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter
  • The Night at the Museum
    15
    • Genres (Book): Children's literature, Young adult literature
    • Original Language: English Language
    Movie Adaptation: Night at the Museum (2006)
  • The Lorax
    16
    Dr. Seuss
    • First Published: 1971-08-12
    • Subjects: Consumerism, Ecology, Knitting, Environmentalism
    • Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language
    Movie Adaptation: The Lorax (2012)
    • First Published: 2000-07-08
    • Subjects: Wizards, Schools, England
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction
    Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  • The Polar Express
    18
    Chris Van Allsburg
    • Subjects: Education, Classics, Christmas
    • Genres (Book): Picture book, Children's literature, Fiction
    Movie Adaptation: The Polar Express (2004)
    • First Published: 1998-07-02
    • Subjects: Wizards, Magic, Schools, England
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Fiction, Fantasy
    Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
  • Jumanji
    20
    Chris Van Allsburg, George Spelvin
    • First Published: 1981
    • Subjects: Games, Adventure, Board Games, Animal
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Fantasy
    Movie Adaptation: Jumanji (1995)
  • Curious George
    21
    H. A. Rey, Margret Rey
    • First Published: 1941
    • Subjects: Monkey, Curiosity
    • Genres (Book): Children's literature
    Movie Adaptation: Curious George (2006)
  • Stuart Little
    22
    E. B. White
    • First Published: 1945
    • Subjects: Literature, Classics, Adventure, Friendship, Animal
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language
    Movie Adaptation: Stuart Little (1999)
  • Horton Hears a Who!
    23
    • First Published: 1954-08
    • Subjects: Internationalism
    • Genres (Book): Children's literature
    • Original Language: English Language
    Movie Adaptation: Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
  • Clifford, the Big Red Dog
    24
      Movie Adaptation: Clifford's Really Big Movie (2004)
    • Madeline
      25
      Ludwig Bemelmans
      • Subjects: Boarding school
      • Genres (Book): Picture book, Children's literature
      Movie Adaptation: Madeline (1998)