5 Books that Are Movies and Great for Summer Reading

5 Books that Are Great for Summer Reading and Complemented by Popular Movies

Sometimes, parents have to be creative in motivating their children to read over the summer. Since many renowned children’s books have been made into major motion pictures, one tip to incentivize summer reading is to reward children with watching the title-based movie after they finish reading the book. Having a discussion with your child about the similarity and differences between the book and film can be good for reading comprehension and early exposure to literary criticism. Here is a list of five Kumon Recommended Reading List titles that are also popular movies. These books are all recommended to teachers by the Common Core.

  1. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

Readers between 2nd and 4th grades

This Newbery Honor title is a laugh-out-loud American classic.  Unexpected visitors lead Mr. Popper to come up with a creative solution. Mr. Popper’s Penguins is fun to read and a great book for a parent to read aloud to younger children. The film stars Jim Carrey as Mr. Popper.

  1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Readers between 2nd and 4th grades

Charlotte’s Web is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and loss that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. This book is a beloved children’s classic and winner of many literary awards including recognition as a Newbery Honor title. It is also number one on the list of 100 “Greatest Books for Kids” from Scholastic’s Parent & Child magazine.  The animated classic brings the characters to life.

  1. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Readers between 4th and 6th grades

Universally cherished, The Little Prince is translated widely and has become one of the best-selling books ever published. As a moral allegory, this charming title pokes fun at archetypes. Being theatrically released in 2015, the Little Prince movie is a computer-animated fantasy film created in both French and English.

  1. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Readers between 4th and 6th grades

Winner of many literary awards, this fantasy title shows that everlasting youth is more of a curse than a privilege. Released in 2002, the film Tuck Everlasting captures the magical elements of the title with a hint of innocent romance.

  1. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Readers between 6th and 8th grades

The Secret Garden is considered by many as one of the greatest novels ever written for children. This masterpiece has a suspenseful plot and an enchanting setting. This title explores the healing power inherent in living things using the garden motif. Several stage and film adaptations of this title have been produced.