Read & Watch: Motivate With Movies

Check out this list of 30+ movies to watch after reading the book.
By Allison McDonald



Read & Watch: Motivate With Movies

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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