Book-ish DVD’s for Kids and Teens


Book-ish DVD’s for Kids and Teens

Our children don’t watch a heap of television, for no other reason than we’re not home that much! But do not fear I’m not against television, and we have most definitely gone through stages where the television has been relied on too much. I’ve also been known to start a cooking activitiy with the girls, then end up a frazzled mess and suggest they go and watch television while I finish off for them, because cooking with kids can be fabulous, or it can be hell.

I did a ‘Real Life Wednesday’ post here, linking up with Picklebums a while back and I love this photo below from that post. I think it sums up television and my kids…they don’t watch a heap, but when they do, oh my glory they are glued to the screen.


I’m a big fan of DVDs as they have a finish time (as opposed to ABC2 which I could be tempted to keep on for hours!) and naturally, I really like programs and movies with a literary or book theme. So below are my favourites in different age ranges.

The Australian Curriculum: English has a focus on multimodal text types with conent descriptors such as this one from Year Six woven throughout: Compare texts including media texts that represent ideas and events in different ways, explaining the effects of the different approaches (ACELY1708) and this one from Year Seven: Analyse and explain the effect of technological innovations on texts, particularly media texts (ACELY1765)We live in a digital world and it is impossible to ignore digital stories such as those below – it’s all about balance…screen time and page time.

To add any of these digital stories to your home, school or library collection please click on images.

Early Childhood

the-lorax-1972-horton-hears-a-who-1970-the-best-of-dr-seuss-1972-3-discs- the-little-prince room-on-the-broom peter-rabbit pearlie my-fair mr-men miffy-and-friends lost-and-found guess-how-much-i-love-you charlie-lolawinnie-the-pooh bookaboo

Lower Primary – Middle Primary – Upper Primary

(check for suitability for your child)

the-gruffalo-s-childthe-wind-in-the-willows the-tale-of-despereaux the-little-prince the-enid-blyton-adventure-series the-chronicles-of-narnia the-adventures-of-tintin-remastered storm-boy-anniversary-edition- matilda-collector-s-edition- mary-poppins james-and-the-giant-peach famous-five charlotte-s-web-1973-



Lower Secondary – Young Adult



the-chronicles-of-narnia the-adventures-of-tintin-remastered percy-jackson-and-the-lightning-thief inkheart holes diary-of-a-wimpy-kid bridge-to-terabithia harry-potter-and-the-philosopher-s-stone-3-disc-collector-s-edition- anne-of-green-gablestwilight(don’t judge me – I loved the ‘Twilight’ movie!


And I had to throw this one in for the ADULTS (R Rating). Did you even KNOW that ‘Game of Thrones’ was a book series?


literary dvds

The titles of each book takes you to the Australian based online bookstore Booktopia. You can also compare prices on Fishpond and Bookworld for Australian purchases.If you live in the US or would prefer to use Amazon click here. If you live in the UK or would prefer to use Book Depository click here. Purchases clicked through from the Children’s Books Daily site result in a small commission. Commission is used in part to maintain Children’s Books Daily and to support community groups which connect children with books.


  1. We just watched Holes last weekend and LOVED it. We’ve also recently fallen in love with The Spiderwick Chronicles but we haven’t read the books yet… have you? are they good?

  2. The Gruffalo? Nim’s Island? How to Train Your Dragon? Hunger Games? Divergent? The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones? Babe? Willy Wonka (or Charlie) and the Chocolate Factory? To Kill a Mockingbird? Alice in Wonderland? Freaky Friday? Ella Enchanted? The Neverending Story? THE PRINCESS BRIDE!!! So many more…

    And of course, though not out yet on DVD, The Fault in Our Stars 🙂

  3. My year 4 class (a few years ago) read Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl and then asked to see the movie! All said they preferred the book! It can be a great way to compare texts. One very bright spark told me that no movie could ever compare with the book being read aloud to her and what her imagination pictured!

  4. Love the list and am off to promote it. But first, did you see they have a theatre version of Jeffers’ The Incredible Book Eating Boy? It’s touring country NSW now I think.

    My Kinder kids always loved the Spot videos and books.

    • I’m seeing ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy’ next week…SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED! I didn’t know Spot came in video form!

  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you. As a teacher trying to teach a R-7 group of students this us a great resource. Fantastic Mr Fox was a hit as a text & movie a couple of years ago. You have got me thinking and planning for next year.


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