As a kid, I always loved being assigned a book to read in school that had a movie. I knew that meant we’d spend at least a day or two of that class watching the movie. Sometimes the movies were good, more often they were bad, but they always lead to great discussions afterward. I have patterned our homeschool reading lessons after the same model, a book and a movie (you’ll see that hashtag all over my Instagram feed). I assign my kids books, we discuss them, and then watch the movie. It has become a cherished family tradition. After getting frustrated trying to figure out appropriate grade levels, I put together these books made into movies by grade level list to help figure out just when I should assign something.
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Next, I’ve updated this post many many times. Currently this is Future Ticia 2022 going through and fixing all of the images and links from when I changed my URL and realizing I have another 50 books to add into this list, so it may change substantially once I get that done.
Final note, this list grew so massive, I started breaking these out into invidivual grade level posts. It can be a bit intimidating to scroll through 300 books, and that’s with me sometimes saying, Shakespeare plays.
All right, let’s get this massive journey started: Books made into movies by grade level, AAAAND ACTION!
Also, all these Amazon links are going to be affiliate links, so I don’t have to keep marking it.
Picture books made into movies
What a great way to get your kids excited about this tradition. There is instant pay off as you can read them the book and watch the movie the same day.
- Jumangi book movie
- Zathura (Jumanji’s lesser-known sequel) movie
- Polar Express movie
- Shrek (though the book is even less like the movie than usual)
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie [Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs book club]
- Pickles to Pittsburgh (the sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) movie
- Where the Wild Things Are movie
- Madeline movie cartoon series
- Babar (wow the hardback $163, paperback $16) movie cartoon series
- Eloise (I always was amused as a kid by how naughty she was) movie
- Cat in the Hat movie
- How Grinch Who Stole Christmas cartoon and live action
- The Lorax movie
- Horton Hatches the Egg movie
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day movie
- Ferdinand movie
- A Day with Wilbur Robinson movie (I think this movie got a bum rap, and I love it a lot)
- Curious George movie
- Night at the Museum movie
- Clifford movie
I started our book and a movie nights after the kids were mostly done with picture books, we’ve started doing some with their cousins, but I haven’t written about it yet. I really need to get some of those written.
That’s my first 20 books made into movie by grade level down. Though, picture books aren’t quite as limited by grade level…
3rd Grade Chapter books made into movies
I was quite surprised to learn a number of books I read in 3rd grade were actually 4th-grade books. So, I’ve monkeyed around with this list a bit to reflect changed opinions. This also goes to show grade level is not always the best indicator of when something should be read. Think of these books made into movies by grade level as guidelines, not rules.
- Judy Moody movie– we listened to some of the books for this series (Judy Moody book club and movie night)
- Stuart Little movie– a classic (Stuart Little book club and movie night)
- Ramona books– This was one of our favorite movie adaptations it kept the feel of the books quite well (Ramona movie night)
- Doctor Dolittle movie with Rex Harrison movie with Eddie Murphy (
my kids are reading this one right now, yes it’s too easy, finished and here is the Doctor Dolittle book club and movie night )
- Paddington movie (I read this book a lot as a kid, Paddington Book Club and movie night)
- Nim’s Island movie
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins I loved this book, the movie had some of the same heart (Mr Popper’s Penguins book club and movie night)
- Fantastic Mr. Fox– I personally would rate this a solid third-grade book and will probably move it in a soon update movie (Fantastic Mr. Fox book club and movie night)
- Winnie the Pooh* movie
*I included Winnie the Pooh in 3rd grade as read alouds. We’ve turned Winnie the Pooh into such a younger kid book, there is no chance any older kids will want to read it (my kids outright refused to read it when they were older when I suggested it).
That’s 29 book and a movie combos.
4th Grade books made into movies
- The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe– One of my absolute favorite movie nights was our movie night (The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe book club)
- Bunnicula (I remember reading it in 3rd grade)- Our Bunnicula movie night is the standard for horrible book adaptations, I just found out there’s a TV series
- Inkheart– Cornelia Funke is another of the authors who I love her world-building movie
- Pippi Longstocking movie Swedish movie (Pippi Longstocking Book Club)
- How to Train Your Dragon movie (How to Train Your Dragon book club)
- Trumpet of the Swan movie
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid I linked to the box set, because I’ve found with series like this, they tend to be inspired by the series and you’ll find moments from several books movie (huh, I didn’t know there was a trilogy of movies)
- Nurse Matilda (Nanny McPhee) I’ve been trying to get the kids to read this for a randomly chosen book, they won’t do it movie
- Goosebumps My son was crazy for the movie when it came out, so we did this as a Halloween book made into a movie [Goosebumps book club]
- James and the Giant Peach– I loved the surrealness of this book as a kid, my kids did not love the James and the Giant Peach movie (James and the Giant Peach book club and movie night)
- Adventures of Tin Tin I almost didn’t include this because it’s a graphic novel, but broke my rules because it’s a fun one to discuss movie
- The Witches– I remember reading this book in 4th grade, and it was awesome, we had many discussions about The Witches movie night (The Witches book club and movie night)
- Matilda movie
- Harriet the Spy movie (Harriet the Spy book club)
- 101 Dalmations movie (101 Dalmatians book club)
- Best Christmas Pageant Ever– Every year now we have a Best Christmas Pageant Ever movie (Best Christmas Pageant Ever book club and movie night, SERIOUSLY THIS IS AWESOME!)
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh I almost moved this higher because I remember this super disturbing me as a kid, but that’s not a good reason to move it up, because I heard from friends who loved it movie
- Nancy Drew I read these books so much in 5th grade, and Jeff recently showed them the movie he found on Netflix (Nancy Drew book club)
- Because of Winn-Dixie– I love this book so much and our Because of Winn Dixie movie night was awesome (Because of Winn-Dixie book club and movie night)
- Twilight*- I’m not even going to link to it, and it’s obviously not for 4th grade ** 2020 Ticia has completely taken it off the bookmarks (to find my reasoning go read the 9th Grade books made into movies)
- Charlotte’s Web live-action movie cartoon (Charlotte’s Web book club and movie night)
- Holes– we just finished reading/watching this in February of 2017 and it was a huge hit, our Holes Movie night was popular. (Holes book club and movie night)
- Tale of Despereaux– I could just sit and read Kate DiCamillo all day long, so I loved The Tale of Despereaux book club and movie night
- How to Eat Fried Worms– a book my kids will probably never read because I find the idea gross movie
- Sarah, Plain and Tall movie
- Spiderwick Chronicles movie (I particularly love this because it’s twin boys and a girl)
- Babe the Gallant Pig How did I miss putting this on originally, it was huge when I was in college HUGE movie
- Invention of Hugo Cabret I’ve heard great things about both the book and movie
That’s 50 book and a movie combos. I’m getting up there. That’s 57 books made into movies.
5th Grade books made into movies
- Tuck Everlasting– I read this in 6th grade, but it can work in 5th movie (Tuck Everlasting book club)
- Ella Enchanted– This movie is second to Bunnicula in being brought up as a terrible movie night (Ella Enchanted book club)
- Book Thief movie
- Justin Morgan Had a Horse– I read this book so many times as a kid movie (Justin Morgan had a Horse book club)
- Johnny Tremain– great movie for an American Revolution unit (and our Johnny Tremain movie night was a huge hit)
- Howl’s Moving Castle– I wish more of her books were adapted, but it made for a great movie night (Howl’s Moving Castle book Club)
- Misty of Chincoteague– my childhood copy of the book is well-worn movie (Misty of Chincoteague book club)
- Pollyanna movie (Pollyanna book club)
- Black Cauldron– I happen to dislike the Black Cauldron movie because it so messed up the book (Black Cauldron book club)
- Indian in the Cupboard– This was our very first book and a movie night (Indian in the Cupboard book club)
- The Giver– I was a few years too old for this to be on my required reading, but my friends three years younger than me rave about it movie (The Giver book club)
- Alice in Wonderland I read this book so much and watched the movie so much I quoted it when we watched it recently (Alice in Wonderland book club)
- My Friend Flicka movie
- BFG– Confession, I don’t really like the book, and I didn’t like the movie (BFG book club)
- Lassie movie
- Heidi movie
That gets us up to 68 book and a movie combos.
6th Grade books made into movies
- Jungle Book– I love both the animated movie and the live action that just came out [Jungle Book Book Club]
- Bridge to Terabithia movie [Bridge to Terabithia book club]
- Peter Pan– I personally own about 5 copies of this book and the cartoon, and live action movie, oh and the musical [Peter Pan book club]
- Black Stallion– I read the entire series as a kid, and it made for a decent movie [Black Stallion book club]
- Percy Jackson– the movie made me so mad I’m not even going to link to it [Percy Jackson book club]
- Old Yeller movie
- My Side of the Mountain– my kids love this book, but the movie……
- Harry Potter– I love this book series, and we also had a Harry Potter movie marathon one year (Harry Potter book club)
- Treasure Island movie Muppet movie
- Redwall movie
- To Kill a Mockingbird movie (To Kill a Mockingbird book club)
- Where the Red Fern Grows movie
- Wizard of Oz Wizard of Oz (Wizard of Oz book club)
- Secret Garden movie (or get the double feature with Little Princess) BBC version (Secret Garden book club and movie night)
- Wind in the Willows claymation movie (my kids did not like this version) Disney movie (Wind in the Willows book club and movie night)
- The Borrowers I love this book and read it to my kids before we started doing book and a movie, sadly they do not love it movie
That’s 85 book and a movie combos.
7th grade books made into movies
- Around the World in 80 Days movie Jackie Chan movie (Around the World in 80 Days book club)
- Dark is Rising– This movie stinks, it’s absolutely terrible, and yet I watched it because I wanted to torture my kids, okay I have no clue why I did this to myself, but the book series is awesome (Dark is Rising book club)
- Princess Bride– It is inconceivable that you have not read this book. Also, I love this movie. It’s one of the rare times I broke my rule about reading the book before seeing the movie. (Princess Bride book club)
- A Christmas Carol– there are more versions of this book made into a movie than I can count, but I’m partial to the Muppet Christmas Carol (Christmas Carol book club)
- Little Princess movie (Little Princess book club)
- Mary Poppins– This would be the only other book I broke my rule on and let the kids watch the movie (oh wait, I also did for Bedknobs and Broomsticks, but that book is so different from the movie and very weird) (Mary Poppins book club)
- Tom Sawyer movie (Tom Sawyer book club)
- Anne of Green Gables movie (Anne of Green Gables book club)
- Watership Down movie
- Journey to the Center of the Earth movie (Journey to the Center of the Earth book club)
- The Hobbit– We basically redid our Lord of the Ring snacks when we did the movie marathon
That’s 95 books made into a movie combos. I’m almost to 100 books made into movies, and I haven’t reached high school…..
8th Grade books made into movies
I have updated this into its own post: 8th grade books made into movies
Again haven’t really read and watched these book and movie combos….. 2020 Ticia here, we’ve read a bunch of these, but I haven’t gotten them all written yet. So many books, so litle time.
And that gets us up to 106 book and a movie combos.
High School Books Made Into Movies
I’m in the process of making posts for each grade in high school. With my updated list, I have 40 books for each grade in high school, and this post is already insanely long.
I’m going to fully confess the high school books can be moved around, and some of these are more pop culture, but have fun conversations to have. I also left out vast scores of John Grisham movies and other popular authors, though I could have padded my numbers with those……
(Some of these may have lower reading levels, but are traditionally assigned during high school)
And now I’m up to 116 movies. Each high school grade is going to add 10 because I kept it just to 10, though I could probably add more. Yeah, any count that I have at this point is so incredibly off with these updated lists.
That is 126 book and a movie combos. And this is as far as I’ve gotten with my updated lists written, if you want the full 80 more books that are on the list, you’ll have to get the bookmarks.
At my high school, junior year was American literature, so it was a very different reading list from what I’m recommending, I opted to spread American literature throughout the grade levels.
And 136 book and a movies combos.
(These may have lower reading levels but are traditionally assigned as reading for high school, so I didn’t check the reading level, just being honest)
Ha ha ha ha, man when I first wrote this list, I only had 10 or so books on the 12th-grade books made into movies. Now there are 40. FORTY books you could pick to read as a senior.
I may have gotten better at finding books made into movies, AND there may be a lot more made than I realized when I first started this project.
We’re up to 146 book and a movie combos. Now I’ve got some bonus books.
More high school books made into movies
I’m pretty sure most of these books listed here have been moved onto specific grade levels now, but I’ll leave them here for now. My other books list now is just made up of authors who have many many many adaptations made.
- Frankenstein movie (Frankenstein book club)
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde movie
- The Green Mile movie
- Hunt for Red October movie
- The Godfather movie
- The Outsiders movie
- Gump and Co. movie
- Roots movie
- Sherlock Holmes (it could easily be read in junior high) movie
- The Pelican Brief movie
- Silence movie
- Unbroken movie
- War Horse movie
- Seabiscuit movie
- The Help movie
- James Bond books movie
- Schindler’s List movie
- Ten Little Indians (now renamed And Then There Were None) movie
- Memoirs of a Geisha movie
I am now up to over 150 movies. It’s almost midnight and my brain doesn’t want to process math.
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