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Books to Read Before You
Stream the Adaptation

by Melissa Taylor

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Kids love to watch movies and tv shows, so why not motivate more reading with book choices that have stream-able adaptations? Many great children’s books have been adapted as movies or television series, just take your pick from the list below!

After the kids in your life have read the book and watched the adaptation, discuss which version your children liked best and why. What details would you have included or left out of the movie or television series? These questions will keep kids engaged and remind them that some of the best on-screen ideas come from books! Happy reading and streaming!

  • Picture Books

  • Llama Llama Red Pajama

    by Anna Dewdney

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    Before you watch the Llama Llama series on Netflix, be sure to dive into the story that started it all. It’s bedtime and Baby Llama is worried when his Mama Llama leaves to get him water because she doesn’t return right away. When Mama finally returns, she reassures Baby Llama that she’s always near even if she’s not right beside him. Children who feel separation anxiety at bedtime will find comfort in this sweet story.
    Watch Llama Llama on Netflix.

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  • Hair Love

    by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison

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    Now an award-winning animated short movie based on the picture book, Hair Love, Daddy styles Zuri’s hair to reflect how she feels — whether in superhero puffs or tea-party fancy braids. She loves her hair so much, and today, she wants an extraordinary style. Can Daddy help her get her hairstyle just right?
    Watch Hair Love on YouTube.

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  • Ordinary People Change the World

    by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

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    The new PBS KIDS animated series Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum is based on the Ordinary People books about historical people and their character virtues. The books are short and straightforward, yet introduce readers to certain character traits through the lives of famous historical figures. The television series expands on the books with the main character, Xavier, accessing a Secret Museum and traveling back in time to meet historical characters like Walt Disney and Harriet Tubman who model positive character traits like being strong, brave, and kind.
    Watch Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum on PBS KIDS.

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  • Here We Are

    by Oliver Jeffers

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    As a gift for his new child, Jeffers writes a lushly illustrated picture book celebration of our natural world and humanity — with a message to be kind to ourselves, others, and the earth. After you read the picture book, stream the beautiful film adaptation that follows a curious 7-year-old boy who, in the spirit of the book, explores the wonders of Earth.
    Watch Here We Are on Apple TV.

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  • Frozen (Disney Frozen)

    by Victoria Saxon, illustrated by Grace Lee and Andrea Cagol

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    In the kingdom of Arendelle, older sister Elsa is born with magical snow and ice powers. She distances herself from her younger sister Anna, until one day Elsa leaves her home forever. Hoping to convince her to return, Anna and friends Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven journey through dangerous weather to find Elsa. In this case, the Frozen books are based on the popular Disney movie, exploring the frozen world of Arendelle and the memorable characters who live there.
    Watch Frozen and Frozen II on Disney+.

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  • Chapter Books & Middle Grade

  • Anne of Green Gables

    by L.M. Montgomery

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    Set on a farm in Prince Edward Island during the early 1900s, fall in love with the precocious, red-headed orphan named Anne Shirley who unexpectedly arrives at the Cuthberts’ farm instead of a boy. Despite that mistake and her short temper that often gets her into trouble, Anne stays at the farm, showing us she’s a lovable, imaginative girl whose coming of age experiences will always be timeless. Watch your favorite scenes reenacted in the popular live-action Netflix series Anne with an E.
    Watch Anne with an E on Netflix.

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  • The Last Kids on Earth Series

    by Max Brallier

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    Now on Netflix, readers can watch the hilarious animated series based on the popular chapter book series. When the monster apocalypse hits, Jack and his best friend stay in his upgraded tree house where they play video games and plan battle strategies. Despite the dangers, they’re having the time of their lives. Along with a few other friends, the kids become the ultimate monster fighters to stay alive and save Earth.
    Watch The Last Kids on Earth on Netflix.

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  • Who Was? Series

    by Various Authors

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    Elementary age readers love these well-written, kid-friendly biographies that illuminate the lives of significant historical figures. Read about people like Mister Rogers, Pelé, and Selena, then watch the Netflix live sketch comedy series featuring historical figures such as Gandhi and Frida Kahlo.
    Watch The Who Was? Show on Netflix.

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  • The BFG

    by Roald Dahl

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    Just like the recent BFG animated movie from Disney, this beloved children’s book by Roald Dahl tells the story of the Big Friendly Giant (BFG) and Sophie, a little girl he kidnapped from her room. Luckily, the BFG isn’t like the other giants who eat humans and gives them nightmares. He and Sophie work together to stop the bad giants. Kids love the BFG’s many made-up words and the exciting, magical adventure book and movie.
    Watch The BFG on Disney+.

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  • Call of the Wild

    by Jack London

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    Based on the classic novel by Jack London, the new movie starring Harrison Ford tells a complex story set in Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush and follows a dog named Buck and the only human who shows him kindness. The story isn’t just the adventure of Buck’s sled dog life, but is also about Buck’s compelling fight for survival.
    Watch Call of the Wild on Amazon Prime.

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  • Sonic the Hedgehog

    by Ian Flynn

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    Filled with humor and silliness, readers who love the Sonic the Hedgehog video game will enjoy reading the Sonic the Hedgehog adventure stories of good vs. evil. After you read, watch the new, full-length animated movie starring everyone’s favorite superhero hedgehog.
    Watch Sonic the Hedgehog on Amazon Prime.

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