Book List: Books and book-inspired films for children

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Below is a list of books and the films they inspired that are suitable for children and teenagers. Feel free to add to the list.

Children- (G/PG-rated)

The Lorax

Film Adaptation: Dr Seuss’ The Lorax, 2012

Dr Seuss

ISBN: 978-0007305827

Publisher              HarperCollins Children’s Books, April 2009

Horton Hears a Who!

Film Adaptation: Horton Hears a Who, 2008

Dr Seuss

ISBN: 978-0007175208

Publisher              HarperCollins Children’s Books, March 2008

Cat in the Hat

Film Adaptation: Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat, 2003

Dr Seuss

ISBN: 978-0007158447

Publisher: Harpercollins, May 2003

The Gruffalo

Film Adaptation: The Gruffalo, 2009

By Julia Donaldson

ISBN: 978-0333710937

Publisher              Pan Childrens, August 1999

The Gruffalo’s Child

Film Adaptation: The Gruffalo’s Child, 2011

Julia Donaldson

ISBN: 978-1405020466

Publisher              Pan Macmillan, September 2005

There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake

Film Adaptation: There;s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake, 2011

Hazel Edwards

ISBN: 978-0143501367

Publisher: Puffin, September 2007

The Curious Garden

Film Adaptation: The Curious Garden, 2010

Peter Brown

ISBN: 978-0316015479

Publisher              Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, April 2009

Rita and Whatsit!

Film Adaptation:

Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignod

ISBN: 978-1840895193

Publisher: Zero to Ten

The Lost Thing

Film Adaptation: The Lost Thing, 2010

Shaun Tan

ISBN: 978-0734410887

Publisher: Lothian Children’s Books, August 2008

Charlotte’s Web

Film Adaptation: Charlotte’s Web (G), 2006

Author: E.B. White

EAN:978-0141333380

Publisher: Puffin, September 2010

Available for purchase from The Book Depository

Fern Gully

Film Adaptation: Fern Gully (G), 1992

Golden Books

EAN:978-0307029645

Publisher: Golden Books,  October 1991

Children (PG)

Alice in Wonderland

Film Adaptation: Alice in Wonderland (PG), 2010, Alice in Wonderland (PG ), 1999

Author: Lewis Carroll

EAN:978-0007316137

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books, October 2009

This book is available for purchase from The Book Depository

Bridge to Terabithia

Film Adaptation: Bridge to Terabithia (PG), 2007

Author: Katherine Paterson

EAN:978-0060734015

Publisher: HarperTrophy,  January 2005

This book is available for purchase from The Book Depository

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Film Adaptation: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (PG), 2005, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory(U) 1971,

Author: Roald Dahl

EAN:978-0141333168

Publisher: Puffin, September 2010

This book is available for purchase from The Book Depository

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Film Adaptation: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG), 2010

Author: Jeff Kinney

EAN:978-0810997820

Publisher: Amulet Books, September 2010

This book is available for purchase online from The Book Depository

Hating Alison Ashley

Film Adaptation: Hating Alison Ashley (PG), 2005

Author: Robin Klein

EAN:978-0140316728

Publisher: Puffin

This book is available for purchase online from The Book Depository

How to Eat Fried Worms

Film Adaptation: How to Eat Fried Worms (PG), 2006

Author: Thomas Rockwell

EAN:978-1843622062

Publisher: Orchard Books, April 2003

This book is available for purchase online from The Book Depository

James and the Giant Peach

Film Adaptation: James and the Giant Peach (PG ), 1996

Author: Roald Dahl

EAN:978-0141333182

Publisher: Puffin, September 2010

This book is available for purchase online from The Book Depository

Jumanji

Film Adaptation: Jumanji (PG), 1995

Author: Chris Van Allsburg

EAN:978-0395304488

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), April 1981

This book is available for purchase online from The Book Depository

Mary Poppins

Film Adaptation: Mary Poppins (G), 1964

Author: P. L. Travers

EAN:978-0152058104

Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books, June 2006

This book is available for purchase online from The Book Depository

Matilda

Film Adaptation: Matilda (PG), 1996

Author: Roald Dahl

EAN:978-0141322667

Publisher: Puffin Books, September 2007

This book is available for purchase online from The Book Depository

Nim’s Island

Film Adaptation: Nim’s Island (PG), 2008

Author: Wendy Orr

EAN:978-0141324166

Publisher: Puffin, July 2008

This book is available for purchase online from Emporium Books

The Princess Bride

Film Adaptation: The Princess Bride (PG), 1987

Author: William Goldman

EAN:978-0345348036

Publisher: Del Rey, September 1987

This book is available for purchase online from Emporium Books

The Sheep-pig

Film Adaptation: Babe: The Gallant Pig (PG), 1995

Author: Dick King-Smith

EAN:978-0141332352

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd, August 2010

This book is available for purchase online from The Book Depository

Where the Wild Things Are

Film Adaptation: Where the Wild Things Are (PG), 2009

Author: Maurice Sendak

EAN:978-0060254926

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books, November 1988

This book is available for purchase online from The Book Depository

The Witches

Film Adaptation: The Witches (PG), 1990

Author: Roald Dahl

EAN:978-0141322643

Publisher: Puffin Books, September 2007

This book is available for purchase online from The Book Depository

Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog

Film Adaptation: Marley and Me (PG), 2008

Author: John Grogan

EAN: 978-0340922101

Published: July 2007

This book is available for purchase online from The Book Depository

Tweens plus

How to Train Your Dragon

Film Adaptation: How to Train Your Dragon, 2010

Cressida Cowell

ISBN: 978-0316085274

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, February 2010

The Complete Chronicles of Narnia

Film Adaptation: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (PG), 2005, Prince Caspian (PG), 2008 , The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG), 2010

Author: C. S. Lewis

EAN:978-0007241347

Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks, November 2006

This book is available for purchase online from The Book Depository

Harry Potter Boxed Set

Film Adaptations: Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone( G), 2001, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (G), 2002, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (PG-13), 2004,  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (PG-13), 2005, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (PG-13), 2007, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (PG-13), 2009, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (PG-13), 2010

J.K. Rowling

EAN:978-1408812525

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC,  November 2010

This book is available for purchase online from The Book Depository

Holes

Film Adaptation: Holes (PG), 2003

Author: Louis Sachar

EAN:978-1408809372

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, June 2010

This book is available for purchase online from The Book Depository

Inkheart

Film Adaptation: Inkheart (PG), 2008

Author: Cornelia Funke

EAN:978-1906427290

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd, October 2009

This book is available for purchase online from The Book Depository

The Hobbit: AND The Lord of the Rings

Film Adaptations: Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (PG-13), 2001, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (PG-13), 2002, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (PG-13), 2003

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

EAN:978-0007355143

Publisher: Harpercollins, April 2010

This book is available for purchase online from The Nile

The Thief Lord

Film Adaptation: The Thief Lord (PG), 2006

Author: Cornelia Funke

EAN:978-0545227704

Publisher: Chicken House, May 2010

This book is available for purchase online from The Book Depository

Mao’s Last Dancer

Film Adaptation: Mao’s Last Dancer (PG), 2009

Author: Li Cunxin

EAN:978-0141040226

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd, April 2009

This book is available for purchase online from Borders

The Peasant Prince (The picture book version of Mao’s Last Dancer)

Author: Li Cunxin

EAN:978-0670070541

Publisher: Viking Australia

This book is available for purchase online from Borders

Teenagers (15+)

Deadly, Unna?

Film Adaptation: Australian Rules (M), 2002

Author: Phillip Gwynne

EAN:978-0141300498

Publisher: Puffin, April 1998

This book is available for purchase online from Borders

Looking for Alibrandi

Film Adaptation: Looking for Alibrandi (PG), 2000

Author: Melina Marchetta

EAN:978-0140293500

Publisher: Penguin Books Australia,  May 2000

This book is available for purchase online from Emporium Books

Tomorrow, When the War Began

Film Adaptation: Tomorrow When the War Began(M), 2010

Author: John Marsden

EAN:978-1417770052

Publisher: Turtleback Books, June 2006

This book is available for purchase online from The Book Depository

The Hunger Games

Film adaptation: The Hunger Games coming soon

Author: Suzanne Collins

EAN:978-1407109084

Publisher: Scholastic,  January 2009

This book is available for purchase online from The Book Depository

Book List: Books and book-inspired films for children

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  1. There’s a book of The Princess Bride?
    We (as in the munchkin and I) loved Charlotte’s Web movie. He can’t remember me reading the book (he was 2). It has been one of my faves since grade 3 when we studied it at school.
    Mary Poppins – good book, magical movie.
    Where the Wild Things Are – how dare they (esp. giving them New York accents – pretty but REALLY disappointed in movie)
    Looking forward to The Hobbit movie. The munchkin may be JUST old enough. We will read the story before then (esp. as it has pics too)
    No movie versions of the Magic Faraway Tree, I see!

  2. Hi Cath. Thanks for your reply. Film adaptations create so much controversy. I love it.
    Check out this facebook page: A petition to encourage the film adaptation of The Magic Faraway Tree (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16180538401)

  3. Zoe said: On June 27, 2011

    Great list! now I want to watch many of them :-)

  4. After watching a kids movie for this challenge, I think I might have to do the same with an adult’s movie for me. The Great Gatsby maybe?

    • jackie said: On May 2, 2012

      Sounds like a great idea Melissa. I do love The Great Gatsby. It’s been a while since I’ve read that book or watched the film though. I’m currently reading The Help, and I’m looking forward to watching the film when I’ve finished.

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