30 May
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Kids’ Summer Book and Movie Club

Most of the time movies don’t do books the justice they deserve. A beautifully written story carries more weight for me than images on a screen.

Last summer we started a summer book and movie club for our family. I made a list of books that are also movies, and the kiddos picked five books from the list to read and then watch the corresponding movie for a family night. Our oldest son opted to read the books himself while I read the books to our two youngest sons. Our daughter can’t sit too long through a book without pictures, so she just enjoyed the movie portion of the club.

Kids' Summer Book and Movie Club

Our club was a huge hit with the kids, so we’re going to do it again this summer. Our list of books to choose from for Summer Book and Movie Club 2014 are:

  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • Stuart Little by E.B. White

Last summer we had interesting conversations about the differences between the books we read and the movies. The boys had definite ideas about what characters should have looked like, what details shouldn’t have been left out of the movies and changed endings that left the boys upset with movie screenwriters. The combination of movie and book helped us dig deeper into the stories and gave me insight into how the kids view what they read.

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