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Ten books made into films

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

It’s notoriously difficult to get it right when adapting books onto the screen. Here are some of our favourites.

Including both a range of ages and genres, if you child loved any of these films why not try get them to read the book?

  • James and the Giant Peach

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Puffin

    Through a series of peculiar and magical happenings, James finds himself on an adventure inside a giant peach with a bunch of friendly giant insects for travelling companions.

  • Mary Poppins

    Author: P L Travers
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    Mary Poppins arrives with the East wind to Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane to respond to the needs of Jane and Michael, whose parents are too busy to give them the attention they crave.

  • Millions

    Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

    One night, a bag containing £229,370 falls from the sky and flattens the hermitage. Damian is convinced it is a gift from God.

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    Author: L Frank Baum Illustrator: Robert R. Ingpen
    Publisher: Templar

    First published in 1900, this children's classic is still popular. Dorothy and her dog Toto find themselves in the strange land of Oz after a cyclone hits her Aunt and Uncle's house in Kansas.

  • The Gruffalo

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    In this much-loved picture book, a little mouse walks through the woods and encounters a fox, an owl and a snake.

  • The Lost Thing

    Author: Shaun Tan
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    A version of this unique book was the winner of Best Animated Short Film at the 2011 Oscars. A boy is out walking on the beach, when he spots a weird looking thing - it looks lost. The boy asks around, but nobody seems to know where it came from, so the boy begins a quest to find the thing somewhere to call home. This memorable picture book can be enjoyed on…

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Author: Lewis Carroll Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This lovely edition illustrated by Helen Oxenbury won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1999.

  • The Adventures of Pinocchio

    Author: Carlo Collodi Translator: Anne Lawson
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    The story of the wooden puppet who learns goodness and becomes a real boy is famous the world over, and has been familiar in English for over a century.

  • Howl's Moving Castle

    Author: Diana Wynne Jones
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    Sophie Hatter is cursed with an old body by the Witch of the Waste and the spell can only be broken by the dreaded Wizard Howl who lives in his moving castle and likes to eat the souls of young girls.

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    Author: Maurice Sendak
    Publisher: Red Fox

    First published in 1963, this classic picture book will fascinate both children and adults, evoking the fierce intensity of childhood