It’s a great time to start adding to your summer reading list, why not check out some books made into movies you and your kid can read together? I always enjoy reading the book first, and your kid will too. Movie night after reading the book together also gives both of you an incentive to discuss and to make it through the book! Check out some of my favorite reads of books for kids that were made into movies!
7 Bestselling Books Made Into Movies You Have To Read With Your Kids
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How To Eat Fried Worms
Billy is an eleven year old starting school in a new town on his first day. After accidentally challenging the town bully, he suddenly finds himself in trouble. To save face, Billy agrees to a crazy bet that he can eat ten worms in one day. Will he save face at his school, or will his stomach betray him? Check out the 2006 How To Eat Fried Worms movie, and don’t forget to pick up a copy of the book How To Eat Fried Worms.
Need a good one for the beginning reader? Check out the undeniably charming yet witty world of third grader Judy Moody. This is one of those books that once you start going into her school world and hearing this funny character’s sense of humor, you won’t be able to put it down! You may just want to start with the whole Judy Moody book series, they are quick but fun reads. Then Check out the movie Judy Moody and the Not So Great Summer
Bridge to Terabithia
Jess and Leslie quickly become fast friends through running and competing with each other. they hang out in the woods behind Leslie’s house and invent a magical land called Terabithia. Tragedy soon invades the land of Terabithia and you better have your tissues ready because my copy of the book was soggy! Check out the original Newberry Award winning book Bridge to Terabithia. After you and your kiddo have read the book watch the 2007 Bridge to Terabithia movie!
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to live forever? Meet the Tuck family who stumbled across a magic spring that gives them eternal life at the same age. Eternal Life isn’t always as comfortable as it may seem, and explain it all to Winnie who stumbled upon them is not simple. Things get even more complicated in the Tuck Everlasting book when a mysterious stranger wants to make quick cash off the magic spring. After you’re done, settle in later to watch Disney’s take in the Tuck Everlasting movie from 2003.
Ramona & Beezus
The classic sister duo can’t be stopped! A young Ramona Quimby and her older sister Beezus aren’t always two peas in a pod. Ramona’s wild imagination and mischief often keeps everyone in their family on their toes, especially for responsible Beezus! Pick up the classic book Ramona & Beezus, and then have a movie night with the 2010 Ramona and Beezus film.
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
Dive into the life a junior high kid who suddenly finds himself in the middle of hallways full of kids who feel bigger, meaner and more intimidating. Greg loosely shares his day in a diary his mom made him keep. His deadpan comments and obliviousness to what’s going on around him make for hilarious antics as he navigates junior high and will make you want to read the entire Diary of A Wimpy Kid series. The 2010 live action version of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid needs to be your next movie night.
Little Women is a classic story that follows the lives of four sisters right after the Civil War. You’ll easily identify qualities in yourself from at least one of these four very different sisters as they grow into adults. Little Women the book is a very easy read (and free for kindle unlimited members!), which makes it a great classic to pick up and discuss with your favorite kid. Then don’t miss the 1994 screen adaptation of Little Women! Pop some popcorn and get the tissues.
There are a ton more books for kids that were made into movies. Do you have a favorite book not on my list? Tell me in the comments!