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Book to Movie for the WHOLE FAMILY!

One of my favorite things to do with my kids is read a book with them and then watch the movie! Sometimes, we even switch it up and watch the movie and then read the book. It is so fun to enjoy a story in different formats and see the creative differences between the two.

Today I am sharing my favorite book to movie adaptations for the whole family to enjoy!

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web is probably my favorite children's classic. I love the nature descriptions and fun animals in it. I started reading it with my kids when my oldest was 4 and I read it every few years. It is great for every age!

Our favorite movie to watch along with the book is the 1973 cartoon. It has such great songs in it and the cartoon really appeals to my kids!

Treasure Island (Muppets)

I recently read Treasure Island with my kids, and they enjoyed it! The one thing they didn't love is how many people (mostly pirates) who die, but the adventure side of it is fun!

Our favorite movie version to watch is, of course, Muppets Treasure Island! In my opinion, this is the best Muppets movie there is and the music in it is so good too. Another fun one my kids like is Treasure Planet.


I grew up just adoring this movie and never read the book until I was an adult. I loved the book, of course, and loved sharing it with my kids. I think the book and movie are so great to experience together as a family!

Where the Red Fern Grows

This is another book I didn't read until I was an adult, but I absolutely fell in love with it. It was a treat reading it as a family and crying together at the end. While I like the book more than any of the movies, I think they are worth watching. Our favorite movie version to watch together is the 1974 version.


Heidi was one of my favorite books and movies growing up and I loved sharing them with my kids! I have always had a soft spot for kids helping change old, gruff people and softening them to life again. I think it's such a sweet story and I love the friendships in it. My favorite version (and the one I grew up on) is the one by Filmrise.

The Hobbit

The Hobbit is one of my favorite books to read aloud. I love that my kids are getting old enough to really appreciate it and it was especially fun to see my 9-year-old carry the book around so she could tell the riddles to everyone. After reading it, we love to watch the 1977 Japanese-American cartoon.

Kiki's Delivery Service

This is another movie/book combo that I never experiences until I was an adult and I got to experience them alongside my kids for the first time, which was fun! The book and movie are different from each other, but both are charming and fun!

A Little Princess

I grew up absolutely loving this movie! When I read it as an adult, I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it as much as the I had the movie! I haven't read or watched this yet with my girls, but it's on my list for this year and I'm very excited!

Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted was my favorite book growing up and I have to admit I was disappointed with the movie when it came out just because it was so different from the book. I know many who love the movie, though! I have read the book with my girls and it was so fun to share that part of my childhood with them. I'm planning on watching the movie with them very soon

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

My kids are just getting old enough to appreciate Harry Potter and it's been fun! With watching the movie, we got ClearPlay to edit out the little bit of swearing and I also knew my kids would be okay with the scarier scenes. Some more sensitive kids might struggle.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

This is my favorite Narnia book to read with the kids! I also love the movie. It does have the scarier/sad scene where Aslan dies, but we knew our kids could handle it and watched it together.

These are our family's favorite book to movie adaptations to enjoy together! What are your family's favorite books that are also movies? I'd love to hear about them in the comments section!

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