There have been an influx of young-adult books that have been made into movies such as Divergent by Veronica Roth, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green and THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky. Recently, I was thinking about getting together a group of bloggers and having a segment feature on my YA blog, RealityLapse, about books to movies and having a movie watch-along and then a book read-along and having wrap up posts on our thoughts on all of them.
And then I got the idea about reading with my little cousin. She loves books (thankfully) and I was trying to think of something to do with her while all my excess time on break. Keeping her quiet and hearing her thoughts on stories (as well as introducing her to some of my favorites) seemed like a great idea.
Of course, reading all of these and watching all of these all at once would probably be a bad idea for the average people–no matter what ages or schedules, so this list is not composed with that in mind. It’s more of a go-as-you-can list, and of course there are plenty more books-to-movies than these. It’s a fun thing to do across genres and target demographics, and a great way to bond with kids.
I’ve listed some great ones below. Some are younger than middle-grade reading and some are older. Like with Jeff Kinney’s books, some parents might not love the humor in those stories, so please exercise discretion when picking from this list (or others). Other than that, happy reading!
- Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
- The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
- The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
- The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
- The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White