10 Kids Books to Watch on Netflix

kids-books-turned-into-movies(1)There’s long been a struggle to balance how much time our kids spend with their eyes on the TV vs. their noses burrowed in books. So what’s a Netflix-loving household to do to juggle the two?

How about handing your kiddo a book … with the promise that they can watch the film version on Netflix when they’re done?

Here are some fun films your kids probably don’t know where books first … and they’re all streaming!

  1. The Rescuers. Before it was a Disney movie with the voices of Zsa Zsa Gabor and Bob Newhart, it was a series of novels by Margery Sharp.
  2. The Rescuers Down Under. The little mice Bianca and Bernard of the aforementioned books are just begging to be called up for a double feature.
  3. The Wind in the Willows. The cute animated Disney flick is drawn from the pages of Kenneth Graham’s novel about Rat, Mole, Badger and Toad.
  4. Escape to Witch Mountain. The popular Disney film is based on a sci fi novel from 1968 by Alexander H. Key. Just like the siblings in the movie, Tony and Tia have magical abilities.
  5. Around the World in 80 Days. The Jules Verne book that chases Phileas Fogg around the globe got the movie treatment in 1956.
  6. Harriet the Spy. After getting acquainted with Louise Fitzhugh’s pint-sized nosy parker, they can watch her on the big screen.
  7. A Wrinkle in Time. The first in a series of science fantasy novels by Madeleine L’Engle, this is a must-read for its badass girl protagonist. The movie doesn’t have the best reviews, but it’s hard to resist for L’Engle fans.
  8. Jumanji. The Chris Van Allsburg picture book about a magical board game stars Robin Williams. ‘Nuff said.
  9. Charlotte’s Web. A pig, his spider best friend, and a whole lot of love show up in this E.B. White classic.
  10. James and the Giant Peach. Roald Dahl’s adventurous tale of a little boy and his trip in a giant piece of fruit becomes a stop-motion treat that’s perfectly paired with the book.



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