Thursday, September 13, 2012

Elementary Activities: 25 Ways to Read a Book and Watch a Movie

By: Deborah Pace Rowley

At our house, we are eagerly anticipating the December release of the Hobbit movie. We have been passing around the book and brushing up on all our Tolkien lore to get ready for the big day! Reading books and then watching their respective movies has become a favorite pastime of all my kids. We love to discuss the differences between the books and the movies they inspired. We have shared Harry Potter and the Hunger Games, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Princess Bride along with countless other books and films. The books are always better. Am I right or am I right?!!

Here is a list of 25+ great books you can read with your child. Then you can watch the movie after you finish the book together. My oldest daughter was a nanny this summer and she was able to persuade a very reluctant reader to finish a book with the knowledge that she could watch the movie when it was done!


Ramona and Beezus by Beverly Clearly
Beezus and Ramona

Judy Moody Series by Megan Jones McDonald
Judy Moody and the Not So Bummer Summer

The Guardians of Ga'hool Series by Kathryn Lasky
Legend of the Guardians

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Ella Enchanted

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate diCamillo
The Tale of Despereaux

Holes by Louis Sachar

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate diCamillo
Because of Winn Dixie

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Where the Red Fern Grows

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Mr Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
Mr. Popper's Penguins

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Charlotte's Web  
Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black
Spiderwick Chronicles

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
How to Eat Fried Worms

Bridge to Teribithea by Katherine Paterson
Bridge to Teribithea
The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
The Lightening Thief

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgsen Burnett
The Secret Garden

The Little Princess by Frances Hodgsen Burnett
The Little Princess

Heidi by Johanna Spryi

The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
The Railway Children

The Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
Summer of the Monkeys

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach

Do you have a favorite book and movie combination that you have shared with your child? Tell us about it below.

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1 comment:

  1. very cool list! Just last week my son was astonished to find out that there was a book of How to Train Your Dragon... better yet a whole series of books. WOW! They made a book out of that movie ;)


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