Summer is a great time to have sleepovers, and with sleepovers come movies! Even though movies are very different from books, they are still a fun way to experience a story. I’ve put together a list of a few awesome movies that were based on books!
1. Harry Potter: Harry Potter might be one of the most widely known and adored franchises ever! The movies stick very close to the events in the book, making it a timeless classic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqUkT32rYac
2. Matilda: Roald Dahl’s Matilda is a story about a bright little girl with an incredible power. This would be an excellent choice for a family movie night! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdC_YMvYZyI
3. Holes: Based on the book by Louis Sachar, this movie has great lessons, or themes, to be learned from it’s unique and diverse array of characters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEvLRtDKT0c
4. Hoot: Hoot is a movie filled with wildlife, from adorable owls to not-so adorable alligators. An inspiring story about friendship. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEmdJAp_M8k
5. How to Train Your Dragon: Believe it or not, How to Train Your Dragon was based on a book by Cressida Cowell. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKiYuIsPxYk
6. Black Beauty: A well-known classic, Black Beauty is sure to bring tears to the eyes of people of all ages. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qCPMP4mNcQ
7. Where the Red Fern Grows: This is a dog movie, and will make you cry. That is all I have to say. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS7r3-xSguk
8. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: Originating from a picture book by Ron and Judi Barrett, this movie will be sure to leave a smile on your face. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUaKcFI4BZY
9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Candy, Oompah-Loompahs, and creativity. This is a fun movie full of bright colors and intriguing people. There are two versions, the original is from 1971 and the remake is from 2005. They are both equally as good, though. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFVGCUIXJls (remake) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cBja3AbahY (original)
10. Charlotte’s Web: A cute story about a pig named Wilbur, and his newfound friend Charlotte, a spider. As Charlotte says, “With the right words, you can change the world.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63Xh4T0qb-Y
11. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe: There are many different screen adaptations of this book floating around out there, but the one I saw was the Disney version. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWKj41HZBzM
12. The Princess Diaries: Mia Thermopolis, a normal teenager, discovers that she is the princess of Genovia, a country her distant grandmother rules as queen. This movie is very funny, and is very well-known. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CkcwPi20ms
13. The City of Ember: Amazing book series, but the movie isn’t quite as good. The movies really aren’t that bad, but they could be better. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4qNrdYmsj0
14. Ella Enchanted: This book is so good! The movie stays pretty close to the original plot, and has some musical numbers that will be sure to have you up on your feet singing and dancing along! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdwLCHdY4lQ
15. Eloise at the Plaza: This movie is super cute! It’s about a little girl who lives in a hotel. She gets into some trouble, and ends up having lots of adventures! I couldn’t find a trailer for this one, sorry!
16. Hugo: Based on Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Hugo is a spectacular movie about hope, friendship, and adventure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGTfCw1x98A
17. Little Women: An inspiring tale about the importance of family. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKqi9edJVQY
18. The Lorax: A fun, animated adventure about saving the environment and the consequences pollution has on humans, animals, and plants alike. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bHdzTUNw-4
19. Madeline: “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. In two straight lines they broke their bread, and brushed their teeth and went to bed. They left the house at half past nine, in two straight lines in rain or shine. The smallest one was Madeline.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPxNF0WT8-M
20. Mr. Popper’s Penguins: A lesser known book about mischievous penguins. Great for a family movie night. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3cSmpfsl9c
Have a great summer!