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 Comparisions

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

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

  

 

Paddington

  

 

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

  

 

Fantastic Mr. Fox

  

 

Judy Moody

  

 

The Tale of Despereaux

  

 

Because of Winn Dixie

  

 

Ramona

  

 

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

  

 

Pippi Longstocking

  

 

Holes

  

 

Nancy Drew

  

 

Harriet the Spy

  

 

How to Train Your Dragon

  

 

James and the Giant Peach

  

 

The Witches

  

 

The BFG

  

 

The Indian in the Cupboard

  

 

Ella Enchanted

  

 

Matilda

  

 

Hoot

  

 

The Golden Compass

  

 

Wizard of Oz

  

 

Justin Morgan had a Horse

  

 

Misty Chincoteague

  

 

Inkheart

  

 

The Giver

  

 

Pollyanna

  

 

Johnny Tremain

  

 

Black Stallion/Beauty

  

 

The Wind in the Willows

  

 

The Secret Garden

  

 

My Side of the Mountain

  

 

Bridge to Terabithia

  

 

Redwall

  

 

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

   

 

Goosebumps

   

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

   

 

Jungle Book

   

 

Charlotte’s Web

   

 

Peter Pan

    

 

Doctor DoLittle

    


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