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Read & Watch: Motivate With Movies

Check out this list of 30+ movies to watch after reading the book.
on May 16, 2013
 

Keeping kids motivated to read can feel like a full-time job for some parents, but you don't have to resort to scare tactics or punishment. A simple and educational reward like seeing the movie after reading the book is a wonderful choice.

Educational? Yes! Seeing the movie after reading the book can absolutely be an educational event. Take time after watching the movie to compare and contrast the two. Were there characters that didn't show up in the film? Was the plot the same? Did the characters look how you imagined? What about the setting? What would you change? These are all questions to get your child thinking deeper after the credits have rolled. This sort of analysis is fantastic for kids and pushes them to think critically in a fun way.

Here are 30 great books and series that you and your kids can read first then watch the movie! Remember, local libraries are a great place to find the movies as well as the books.

Picture Books:


The Ant Bully by John Nickle


The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss


Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett


Eloise by Kay Thompson


The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson


Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans


Shrek by William Steig


Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak


Chapter Books:


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl


Charlotte's Web by E.B. White


The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis


Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney


Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine


From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg


The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman


The Guardians of Childhood (book), The Rise Of The Guardians (movie) by William Joyce


Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh


Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling


The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


Holes by Louis Sachar


How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowel


Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer by Megan McDonald


A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


The Night at the Museum by Milan Trenc


Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary


The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares


Stuart Little by E.B. White


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum


Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg

This list is just the tip of the iceberg. Did we miss your favorite book that has a film adaptation? Tell us about it on the Scholastic Parents' Facebook page or tweet me at @noflashcards and share your favorite.
 

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