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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 at the Plaza 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
Lemony Snicket's 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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