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