Summer Reading – Books to Movies to Read This Summer


Reading to my kids is probably one of the favorite things we do together. I love reading aloud. I love how they get involved and enjoy books, and I love going to the library and finding new books to read. Every summer we sign up for the library summer reading program. I love the excuse to continue literature throughout the summer to keep their little minds exploring. I also take it on as a challenge to get that goal fully (or close to) accomplished.

As a family, we choose to read to the kids every night before bedtime. My little one also gets read to before his mid-day nap. Our goal is 20 minutes a day. Most schools ask that of parents during the school year, give and take. Now that my daughter is a little older, we can now explore a little more beyond the children’s picture books. We started with the smaller chapter books. Right away, I think back to my childhood and immediately grab some of my old school favorites! I encouraged my daughter to use her imagination as we read, due to the lack of pictures, and look forward to the surprise ending.

I realized a lot of my favorite childhood books are now made into movies. I thought it would be a great idea this summer to read these books and celebrate the end by watching the movie. I tried to convince my daughter that most books are better than the movie; but I will let her decide as the summer closes 😊

Here are a few books that I have found to read for our summer reading that have been turned into a movie:


Author: Roald Dahl Movie: BFG  (2016) watch on Disney+ or Prime video


Author: Roald Dahl Movie: 1996 Version on Netflix, 2022 Musical on Netflix

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Author: Roald Dahl Movie: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on YouTube

James and the Giant Peach

Author: Roald Dahl Movie: James and the Giant Peach on Disney+

Charlotte’s Web

Author: E. B. White Movie: Charlottes Web on YouTube

Little Women

Author: Louisa May Alcott Movie: Little Women on YouTube


Author: Louis Sachar Movie: Holes on Disney+

There are so many good books, ranging from picture books to young adults, that have turned into a movie. This is such a fun summer activity to do with kids of all ages and even as an adult. Happy reading!