Do you have fond memories of being read to as a child, or reading to yourself and getting absorbed in a great story?
Many beloved children’s stories have been turned into movies or adapted for television. Here are five of them:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
First introduced in 1964, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl was intended to be a trilogy, but only two books in the series were finished. It was inspired by Dahl’s experiences as a boy when candy companies sent children test packages in exchange for their opinions.
It was made into two motion pictures – in 1971 and in 2005.
Published in 1952 and written by E. B. White, Charlotte’s Web tells the story of a spider’s friendship with a pig.
It was made into two animated features, the original story and a sequel, and a motion picture.
Little House on the Prairie
The Little House on the Prairie series was written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The stories are semi-autobiographical and tell the story of a pioneer family in the mid- to late-1800s. There are nine books in the series.
Several books have been written by others about Wilder and her family.
Little House on the Prairie was made into a television series in 1974. It ran until 1983. It is loosely based on the books.
Anne of Green Gables
The nine book Anne of Green Gables series, written by Lucy Maud Montgomery, debuted in 1908. The series follows orphan Anne Shirley from age 11 through middle age.
The series was adapted several times including three motion pictures, seven made-for-TV movies, seven television series and five stage adaptations.
Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz is a well-known 1939 motion picture. Many people don’t realize the movie is adapted from a 1900 novel by L. Frank Baum called The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Between its publication and the 1939 movie, one million copies had been sold.
There also was a stage musical produced in 1902.
Are there any books you would add to this list?
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