Ultimate Summer Book & Movie Bucket List

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Want to prevent summer brain drain this summer? The Homeschool Experiment has come up with an awesome resource for us: a summer book and movie bucket list! I’m so grateful she was willing to let me share this list with you!

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These movies are all available via Netflix (streaming or DVD rental) and are “G, PG, or the equivalent.” It’s a huge list of family friendly books with movies to enjoy once you finish the book! She calls this “Movie Literature,” and I love it. Typically her family reads the book first and follows with the movie, but has a fun twist for series of books:

If it is a series of pictures books, we’ll read one a day for a week before watching the movie. If it’s something like Spiderwick, where the movie is based on all the books – we’ll read them all first. With others that have a movie for each book, like Harry Potter, we read them in order and watch the movies as we complete the books. And then other series that are chapter books, but only have one movie made like Judy Moody, we’ll just read the first book in the series.

You can peruse the whole list below (the links will take you to Amazon) or download the PDF here!
Be sure to swing by The Homeschool Experiment to say thanks! Please note:

Please review any books or movies to make sure they fit within your family’s standards before using them. The books are linked to Amazon, where you can find the author and publishing information. Also, some of the movies do not have the same name as the book. If that is the case, I’ve included the movie’s name after the book title.

The Adventures of Pinocchio*
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer*, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn* – The Adventures of Huck Finn
Alice – Alice Upside Down
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland*, Through the Looking Glass*
Amazing Adventures from Zoom’s Academy – Zoom
Anne of Green Gables*, Anne of Avonlea*
The Ant Bully
The Apple Dumpling Gang
Around the World in Eighty Days*
Arthur (series)
Babar the Elephant (series)
Baby Sitter’s Club (series)
Ballet Shoes
Bambi: A Life in the Woods*
Banner in the Sky – Third Man on the Mountain
Basil of Baker Street – The Great Mouse Detective
The Bear
Because of Winn-Dixie
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ*
The Biscuit Eater
Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses*
Black Beauty*
The Black Stallion
Blackbeard’s Ghost
The Borrowers
The Brave Little Toaster
Bridge to Terabithia
By the Great Horn Spoon! – The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
Call of the Wild*
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlotte’s Web
Chateau Bon Vivant – Snowball Express
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car
Chrissa Stands Strong: An American Girl
Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, The Witch, & the WardrobePrince CaspianVoyage of the Dawn Treader
The Chronicles of Prydain – The Black Cauldron
City of Ember
Clifford the Big Red Dog – Clifford’s Really Big Movie
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court*
Curious George
The Dark is Rising Sequence
David Copperfield*
A Day with Wilbur Robinson – Meet the Robinsons
Doctor Dolittle*
Dream Days* – The Reluctant Dragon
Dumbo, the Flying Elephant
Ella Enchanted
Eloise (series)
Escape to Witch Mountain
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Freaky Friday
The Gnomobile
Great Expectations*
The Guardians of Childhood – Rise of the Guardians
Guardians of Ga’Hoole (series)
Gulliver’s Travels*
Hans Brinker, or, the Silver Skates: A Story of Life in Holland
Harriet the Spy
Harry Potter – Sorcerer’s StoneThe Chamber of SecretsThe Prisoner of Azkaban
Hatchet – A Cry in the Wild
The HobbitThe Lord of the Rings – Cartoon Version
Horrid Henry (series)
Hotel for Dogs
How to Eat Fried Worms
How to Train Your Dragon (series)
Howl’s Moving Castle
The Hundred and One Dalmatians
The Incredible Journey
The Indian in the Cupboard
The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Hugo
The Iron Man – The Iron Giant
James and the Giant Peach
Johnny Tremain
A Journey to the Center of the Earth*
Judy MoodyStink (series)
The Jungle Book*
The King’s Damosel – Quest for Camelot
Lassie Come-Home
The Last Unicorn
Little Lord Fauntleroy*
A Little Princess*
The Little White Horse – The Secret of Moonacre
Little Women*, Little Men*
The Littles
The Lost Ones – The Island at the Top of the World
Lottie & Lisa – The Parent Trap
Madeline (series)
The Magic Bed Knob, Bonfires and Broomsticks – Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Mars Needs Moms!
Mary Poppins
Meet Felicity: An American Girl – Felicity: An American Girl Adventure
Meet Kit: An American Girl – Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
Meet Molly: An American Girl – Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front
Meet Samantha: An American Girl – Samantha: An American Girl Holiday
Miss Spider (series)
Misty of Chincoteague – Misty
Monkeys, Go Home
Mother Carey’s Chickens* – Summer Magic
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – The Secret of NIMH
My Friend FlickaThunderhead
Nancy Drew (series)
The Neverending Story
Nicholas Nickleby*
The Night at the Museum
Nim’s Island
Nurse Matilda – Nanny McPhee
The Old Curiosity Shop*
Old Yeller
Oliver Twist*
One Thousand and One Nights* – The Thief of Bagdad & 1001 Arabian Nights
Oz – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz*, The Marvelous Land of Oz* – Return to Oz, Ozma of Oz*
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Peter Pan*
The Pickwick Papers*
Pippi Longstocking
The Polar Express
The Princess and the Goblin*
The Princess Diaries (series)
Ramona (series)
Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm*
The Rescuers
Robinson Crusoe*
The Secret Garden*
A Series of Unfortunate Events (series)
Seuss – The Butter Battle BookThe Cat in the HatGreen Eggs & Ham – Dr. Seuss on the Loose, Horton Hatches the EggHorton Hears a WhoHow the Grinch Stole Christmas!The LoraxThe Sneetches & Other Stories – Dr. Seuss on the Loose
The Sheep-Pig – Babe
The Spiderwick Chronicles (series)
Stuart Little
Swiss Family Robinson
The Sword in the Stone
The Tale of Despereaux
A Tale of Two Cities*
Thomasina: The Cat Who Thought She Was God
The Three Musketeers*
Toby Tyler*
Treasure Island*
The Trumpet of the Swan
Tuck Everlasting
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea*
The Ugly Dachshund
Uncle Remus & Brer Rabbit* – The Adventures of Brer Rabbit
Undercover Cat – That Darn Cat
The Water Horse
The Water-Babies*
We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story
Where the Red Fern Grows
White Fang*
The Wind in the Willows*
The Witches
A Wrinkle in Time
The Year of the Horse – The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
The Yearling
*eBook available for free through Project Gutenberg

These are books that are supposed to be released as movies in the next year or so:
Ender’s Game (2013)
Ethel and Ernest (TBA 2013)
The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs (Epic, 2013)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters (2013)
The Phantom Tollbooth (TBA 2013)
Punk Farm (TBA 2014)
Where’s Waldo?, series (Where’s Waldo, TBA 2013)


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