50 Awesome Book & Movie Combos For Your Homeschool

When I was in school my favorite thing ever was when we would read a book that was made into a movie in our class. It always meant after we finished reading we would watch the movie together.

I looked forward to books that had movie adaptations because it was so fun to read, watch, and have lively discussions with each other about the difference or changes between the book and the movie.

Awesome Book & Movie Combos For Your Homeschool - Add some fun to your homeschool by reading these books, watching these movies, and using the FREE PRINTABLES to compare and contrast the two.

To bring some of that excitement into our own home, over the last few years we have established a summer tradition in our family. We make a list of a handful of books that have been brought to life on the big screen and challenge ourselves to read and watch them before summers end.

It is such a great way for us to connect with each other.

We become invested in the story and develop strong feelings toward the characters.When we finish reading (or listening) to the book we watch the movie.

Sometimes we get extravagant and make themed snacks or we just pop some popcorn. Once the movie is over we have some awesome discussions. This is my favorite part!

Book and Movie Comparision Questions

We will discuss what was different from the book and the movie. Which we preferred and why. We will even sometimes rewrite the story using parts from the book and movie that we liked combined.

Here’s a  few example questions to get the discussion started:

  • What was different in the movie?
  • Was the setting what you imagined?
  • Were the characters true to the author’s description?
  • Did you prefer the book or the movie? Why?

If you need even more help getting the discussion started you can grab a book and movie discussion guide from Mary Hanna Wilson.

I decided I wanted a way to record our amazing book and movie discussions so I made a simple printable. Using the printable pages we can easily review the book and the movie then create lists of the differences and similarities between the two.

Free Book and Movie List and Comparision Worksheets

50 Awesome Book & Movie Combos For Your Homeschool

This tradition brings our family so much joy that I made a list of 50 family friendly book and movie combos to bring joy to your homeschool and help your family start connecting today!

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH


The Borrowers


Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey


Stuart Little




Mr. Popper’s Penguins


Fantastic Mr. Fox


Judy Moody


The Tale of Despereaux


Because of Winn Dixie




The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe


Pippi Longstocking




Nancy Drew


Harriet the Spy


How to Train Your Dragon


James and the Giant Peach


The Witches




The Indian in the Cupboard


Ella Enchanted






The Golden Compass


Wizard of Oz


Justin Morgan had a Horse


Misty Chincoteague




The Giver




Johnny Tremain


Black Stallion/Beauty


The Wind in the Willows


The Secret Garden


My Side of the Mountain


Bridge to Terabithia




The Invention of Huge Cabret


Percy Jackson


Harry Potter


I think we love when there is more than one movie adaptation of a book the most. We read the book and watch all of the movies together. We almost always have different favorites for various reasons which makes the discussions we have even more interesting.

Alice in Wonderland


Mary Poppins


101 Dalmatians




Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Jungle Book


Charlotte’s Web


Peter Pan


Doctor DoLittle


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