This year is shaping up to be a big year for children's books in Hollywood. There are a number of children's book-to-movie adaptations hitting the big screen, and we can't wait to see how the movies turned out! Make sure to add these books to your reading list so that your family can weigh in on whether they liked the book or movie better.
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
In Theaters: May 27, 2016
Summary: Through the Looking Glass is the sequel to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In this well loved story, Alice travels through the mirror to find a strange world where curious adventures await her. With Johnny Depp reprising his role of the Mad Hatter, the movie adaptation is a must see!
The BFG by Roald Dahl
In Theaters: July 1, 2016
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Summary: Kidsnatched from her orphange by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), Sophie fears she will be eaten by this giant. The giant is actually a kind hearted soul who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children. These two unlikely friends join forces to concoct a plan to save the children of the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants. Well renowned director, Steven Spielberg, directed this beloved childrens' story turned major motion picture.
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Patterson
In Theaters: October 6, 2016
Summary: Gilly, an eleven-year-old foster child, bounces around from foster home to foster home until she lands at the home of a very odd lady, Maime Trotter. This hilarious little girl will win you over as she schemes against everyone who tries to be friendly to her, but deep down she is desperately searching for a place to call home. We can't wait to see the actress Kathy Bates playing the role of strange foster mom, Maime Trotter.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
In Theaters: October 14, 2016
Summary: Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill. This monster is an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss. With a number of well known actors appearing in this film adaptation, Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, and Sigourney Weaver, this book is a must read before its film debut in October.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
In Theaters: November 11, 2016
Summary: J.K. Rowling has created a spin-off of her popular Harry Potter Series. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is written as a reference book for the students of Hogwarts. It describes all of the magical beasts and creatures in the world of Harry Potter. The movie is a definite must see since J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplay!