Book to Film and Back Again - download our free resource championing classic children's books

3rd January, 2013

With National Storytelling Week (26 January - 2 February) just a few weeks away, now is a great time to explore some of the best stories ever told.

In partnership with the National Association for Primary Education and Scholastic Book Clubs, we are helping you do exactly that! We've picked 10 of the very best film adaptations of much-loved children's books, ranging from the classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum to the action-packed Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz.

Discount for FILMCLUB members

Scholastic Book Clubs are offering FILMCLUB members and leaders discounts on all the books featured in the resource, so you can fire your imagination and start thinking about how film adaptations differ from their original material. Just enter the code BOOKFILM13 at the checkout to receive your discount. Check out the list of titles here.

Why not include a comparison between the book and the film in your next FILMCLUB review? If you do you could be entered into a competition to win a bundle of great prizes. Read more here.

Download resource and inspire new readers

This resource is aimed at engaging Key Stage 2 children and especially reluctant readers by asking questions which will spark discussion about the director’s adaptation of the book into a film and encourage them to read the original text for themselves.


 Below are just a few of the films, for which we have provided detailed teacher notes, activity starters and synopses. Download the resource to see them all.

The Wizard of Oz (1939) 7+, U

This timeless family musical is one of cinema's most popular productions, based on the book by Frank L. Baum.

Iron Giant (1999) 7+, U

Superb animation that follows young Hogarth's discovery of a colossal friendly robot, based on the book by Ted Hughes.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe  (2005) PG, 9+

Adventure tale about four World War II refugees finding a gateway to a fantasy world, based on the C.S. Lewis novel.

Arrietty (2010) U, 5+

The much-loved book The Borrowers by Mary Norton is given the Studio Ghibli treatment in this beautiful animation.

Coraline (2009) PG, 11+

Coraline discovers a secret path to a world where she's never told off, inspired by Neil Gaiman's original book. 


Visit the Book to Film and Back Again topic to

order and review the films!


National Association for Primary Education (NAPE) is the leading organisation championing the learning of children from birth to 13 years. Members contribute to the vital development of learning in childhood:  teachers, parents, governors and schools.


Scholastic Book Clubs brings children, teachers and parents together, helping foster a love of reading for pleasure with our pick of the best children’s books. Every sale raises funds for your school and fits in however you want: in class or online, it’s easier than ever for children to find their perfect book.

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