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This is a guest post by Rachael Cherry.

When it comes to movies, many parents want to not only entertain their kids but teach them as well. What better way to get kids interested in reading than with their favorite movies? Check out some of these movies based on books and see what you can get your child interested in:

  1. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll’s classic book has been turned into not one but two movies for kids. The Disney animated one is great for younger kids while the live action one is better suited for older children. But kids of all ages will love the perpetually late rabbit, the crazy Mad Hatter, and Alice’s adventures in Wonderland.
  2. Anne of Green Gables – The story of a young girl, this book series by L.M. Montgomery was transformed into a live action movie series as well. Great for parents of young girls, you can discuss what life was like in the time the movie is set and what we can learn from it now.
  3. The Ant Bully – The fun and action filled animated movie is a great way to connect with the popular book by John Nickle. All about bullies and standing up for yourself in healthy ways, this film and book combination is great for children of all ages.
  4. Babe – What child doesn’t love talking animals? This live action movie is filled with fun and memorable characters that even parents can grow to love. My favorite is the quiet farmer who steals the show. Babe is a soft spoken pig who dreams of being a sheep dog, and who’s kind ways win the hearts of everyone around him. A sweet and funny movie for all ages from a great book by Dick King-Smith.
  5. Because of Winn-Dixie – This sweet live action film is based on a book by Kate DiCamillo. All about a young girl named Opal and a big, ugly and friendly dog she adopts, the loneliness and confusion of moving and losing a parent makes this story one that many children can relate to. Making friends is always easier with someone at your side, even a trouble maker like Winn-Dixie!
  6. Black Beauty – The classic horse book by Anna Sewell is one that children have loved to read for generations. The live action film is also a wonderful thing to watch with older children who can understand why the mistreatment of animals, and people, is something to watch out for. Emotional and vibrant, this is a great learning experience for children.
  7. The Borrowers – What child wouldn’t love the idea of tiny people living in your house? Like the fairy tales of old, the book by Mary Norton was turned into a fun and fast paced live action film. Full of trouble and adventure, this is one movie they won’t balk at watching and a book they won’t be able to put down.
  8. Beauty and the Beast – The classic fairy tale was brought to new life in Disney’s beautifully animated movie. Seeing the best in people and looking beyond outward appearance is the theme of this film and book combination. With fun music, silly talking candlesticks and clocks, and great romance it is sure to be a hit with your kids.
  9. The Canterville Ghost – This classic short story by Oscar Wilde was given new life through Patrick Stewart. The live action movie plot is a bit toned down from the original and is suitable for younger kids. Teens will enjoy the violence and scariness of the original story though. A mourning ghost haunts the halls and can only be freed by his decedents… Who are all cowards! Who can free him? There is also a fun live action war-time version made in 1944 that is great for kids as well.
  10. Charlotte’s Web – The classic book by E.B. White was made into both a cartoon and live action film. The story of the friendship between a spider and a pig destined to be eaten is sweet. The love of friends, the hope of a new day, and the importance of education and intelligence all feature prominently in the movie and book combination.
  11. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – A silly story by Ian Fleming about a flying car was turned into a live action Disney adventure tale that kids will love. Any child that likes cars will want to read about the hero of this story, Chitty, and the adventures the car takes the family on as they battle the bad guys and save the day.
  12. A Christmas Carol – The Christmas short story by Charles Dickens is one that generations have loved. Many live action and animated films have been made from it. For younger children the Muppet version is great, and for older kids the musical version is also a fun variation. A great story about forgiveness and redemption, this is one holiday show your children can’t miss.
  13. Cinderella – Another classic fairy tale brought to live by Disney animators, this movie has great music, cute mice, and a wonderful story. What girl doesn’t dream of being a princess? Although Cinderella is forced to work and given few liberties she keeps a good attitude and looks forward to a brighter future. Eventually her goodness wins out and she gets to live her dreams.
  14. Davy Crockett – The true tale of a hero of old, Davy Crockett is a part of our history and should be remembered. From live action Disney films to biographies, this is a great way to bring history home to kids.
  15. Ella Enchanted – A retelling of the Cinderella tale that is absolutely perfect, the book by Gail Carson Levine is a great read and the movie is a live action family film that even adults can get into. Funny and charming, the tale of a girl who is cursed to be obedient helps children to see the difference between being forced to help others and actually wanting to.
  16. Harriet The Spy – This book by Louise Fitzhugh and the live action film helps children to learn the importance of keeping secrets and being kind to others, even when they don’t know about it. When Harriet’s notebook of secrets is exposed, will her friends ever forgive her?
  17. Harry Potter Series – The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling are very popular, and so are the live action films. This is a great way to get your kids interested in reading with the adventurous tales of wizards and magic. A long series with lots of twists that your children can grow into!
  18. The Hobbit – The classic book by J.R.R. Tolkien has been made into a three part live action movie and a cartoon. The cartoon is shorter and less intense than the live action films, great for younger kids, but the book is well worth reading for older children and is full of great plot twists and fantastic fantasy.
  19. Holes – The teen and tween book by Louis Sachar was turned into a hit Disney live action movie. When a hapless teen gets in trouble for something he didn’t do, he is forced to go to a camp for ‘bad boys’ and dig holes. Along the way he finds friendship, danger, and treasure!
  20. Horton Hears a Who – Dr. Seuss’ loveable children’s book about an elephant who hears what no one else can is now an animated movie. The story helps kids to understand that they should stand up for what is right; even if no one else stands with them. They also learn to never give up, no matter how small they feel.
  21. How to Train Your Dragon – The book by Cressida Cowell about a dragon trainer was turned into a great family friendly animated movie that will have everyone on the edge of their seats. All about the importance of being kind, changing minds, and making friends the story of the heroic Viking boy, Hiccup, and his one of a kind dragon is sure to have kids enthralled.
  22. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl’s classic story of Charlie’s adventures in the chocolate factory is both funny and frightening at times. The live action films, as there are two of them, are both a little surreal. In the end it is all about honesty and family, which is a great reason this is a film to watch with your kids.

As you can see, there are many great films based on books that you can enjoy with your children. Why not incorporate films into your children’s education and get them reading with enthusiasm? Try it out and see what happens!

Rachael Cherry is a wife, mother, and writer who is passionate about helping connect families in need with high quality caregivers. She has taken that passion and put it to work through NannyPro, a respected online nanny referral service. Learn more by visiting @NannyPro on Twitter.