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Top 10 Movie Adaptations Of Books That Are Amazing!

The Best Family-Friendly Books As Movies!

Having to stay at home more than usual lately has probably gotten you to watch through your whole ‘Want-To-Watch’ list on all your favorite platforms and channels! Don’t worry if you’ve run out of movies to watch, because we have found the perfect new genre focus for you! Everyone loves being able to watch your favorite books come to life in movies, seeing your favorite characters fall in love, chase the bad guy and solve the mystery, all on your screen! Therefore, we at Little Steps have compiled a list of the best movie adaptations of books for kids, parents and families, all for your enjoyment!

  • CHARLOTTE’S WEB (2006)

    Talking farm animals, unbreakable friendship, Charlotte’s Web is a story about the impact even the smallest animal, in this case a spider, can have! Watch the beautifully made adaptation of E.B White’s 1952 novel, with the cutest animals. With voices provided by celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford and Reba McEntire, this star-studded movie accurately portrays the heart-warming tale of Wilbur and Charlotte.

    Watch On: NetflixPrime Video, Hulu

  • THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA (2005, 2008, 2010)

    This three-movie series adapted from C.S. Lewis’ 1950s novel series depicts the stories of the Pevensie siblings, who discover a magical world inside an old wardrobe! The magical tale spans across three films as we watch the Pevensie’s grow older and wiser with the help of the god-like lion Aslan. The quality of these movies is incredible, with magic, fairy-tale creatures, talking animals and many other intriguing characters. Spend an afternoon binging these films, you definitely won’t regret it!

    Watch On: Disney+, iTunes, Youtube, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Go

  • MATILDA (1996)

    Adapted from Roald Dahl’s classic 1988 book by the same name, this kid-favorite movie has everything your little one would want to see! Love of learning, friendship and teamwork are key themes throughout the book and the film. Amaze your kids with Matilda’s stunning magical powers; they are incredibly realistic for a movie made during its time period. Starring Mara Wilson as the titular character, this movie adaptation is sure to inspire your kids to want to read more of Dahl’s fantastic works!

    Watch On: Prime VideoiTunesGoogle Play, Netflix In Select Countries

  • HARRY POTTER (2001-2011)

    By now, everyone under the sun must have heard about Harry Potter. The 8 movies are absolutely amazing, showing what life as a wizard is truly like! Follow Harry, Ron and Hermione as they face endless challenges, becoming best friends and having many laughs in the process. The world of Hogwarts, Gringotts and of course magic is incredibly shown, down to the very last detail. Be bewitched and entranced by the marvelous world of Harry Potter!

    Watch On: Prime Video, iTunes, HBO Max


    Another classic that’s been remade, Alice in Wonderland. Adapted from the book ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carrol, this magical adventure will be sure to have the family in awe! Watch Alice fall into an incredible world beyond her wildest imagination, soon meeting The Mad Hatter, the Red Queen, the Chesire Cat and more fantastic characters. Directed by the creative Tim Burton, this adaptation is brilliantly similar to the books, but also emphasizes the wonder part of Wonderland!

    Watch On: Prime Video, Disney+

  • THE BFG (2016)

    Another delightful adaptation of one of Roald Dahl’s books, The BFG shares the story of Sophie, as she makes a very unique friend. This friend is of course The BFG, otherwise known as The Big Friendly Giant. This heartwarming tale of friendship, courage and pure kindness is truly beautiful. Watch as Stephen Spielberg, the director, brings The BFG to life, and unfolds an adventure right before your very eyes!

    Watch On: Prime Video, Disney+, Netflix In Select Countries


    A relatively new movie, Crazy Rich Asians, adapted from Kevin Kwan’s book of the same name, is the perfect family-fun movie. Both parents and kids will enjoy the extravagant scenes, hilarious dialogue and feel-good plot! Follow Rachel Chu, played by the amazing Constance Wu, as she tries to fit into her boyfriend, Nick Young’s (played by Henry Golding), rich high society world, much to the disappointment of Nick’s uptight family. Their trials and tribulations will have you laughing and crying, wondering what’s going to happen next!

    Watch On: Prime VideoiTunesGoogle Play, Netflix In Select Countries

  • LITTLE WOMEN (2019)

    Fall in love with the March sisters all over again in the newest movie adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 'Little Women' of the same name. With the star-studded cast, featuring Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson and Meryl Streep, just to name a few, the classic story of the March sisters is retold. Director Greta Gerwig’s brilliant take on this book has made the movie a favorite of many. The ending of the movie is different than the books so watch for the surprise!

    Watch On: New Arrival On Netflix Hong Kong!Prime VideoiTunesGoogle Play

  • FREAKY FRIDAY (2003)

    A hilarious story about a magical incident, Freaky Friday, adapted from Mary Rodger’s 1972 book of the same name, is the perfect lighthearted family movie! Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis play Tess and Anna, mother and daughter, who simply do not get along. Then, a crazy incident occurs, and they switch bodies! Hilarity ensues as they try to switch back, making a great comedy!

    Watch On: Prime VideoiTunes, Disney+


    This earlier adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1964 novel ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ will have you dreaming of a world of pure imagination! Gene Wilder plays Willy Wonka, the eccentric owner of a mysterious and marvelous chocolate factory. Watch as Charlie Bucket and 4 other children get the chance of a lifetime to tour the factory, eating as many delicious sweets as they can before they have to leave!

    Watch On: iTunesPrime Video, Netflix In Select Countries


    Check out these fantastic lists of the best family-friendly movie adaptations for more inspiration!


    Rooftop Film Club

    Entertainment Weekly

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    Literary Hub



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