My oldest has taken after both his father and I with a love of reading and a love of movies. Keeping his interests in mind, I’ve developed a slightly different reading list for this summer. It’s the Read It/Watch It Summer Reading List. All the books on this list are available as movies too. In a quick search, most are available via Netflix. Our plan is to read the book and talk about our favorite parts, then watch the movie and compare to see which one we liked best. I hope that this early example will show him how important it is to read the book because there are so many more details that come from a book that movies can’t capture.
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl – I loved this book as a child and I hope that my son will as well. The movie version is a Walt Disney production complete with CGI and I’m sure will bring the characters to life beautifully on the screen.
Book Description: When the old peach tree in the garden grows one magnificent, luscious peach – almost the size of a house – James Henry Trotter is able to escape the horrible life he had living with his two beastly aunts in a ramshackle old house with no toys or friends to play with, and no trips or treats.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White – This story is one children’s literature classic that I can’t wait to see in a movie version. It was voted one of the “Top 100 Chapter Books” in a poll by School Library Journal.
Book Description: The novel tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte writes messages praising Wilbur (such as “Some Pig”) in her web in order to persuade the farmer to let him live.
Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary – I didn’t have a big sister growing up but I did have a little sister and could relate to Beezus. The movie version, Ramona and Beezus, has an all-star cast including Selena Gomez as Beezus.
Book Description: Beatrice “Beezus” Quimby is perpetually infuriated by the imaginative antics of her younger sister Ramona, who frequently insists upon exhibiting imaginative habits and eccentricities. Beezus is also commonly exasperated by actions on her sister’s part but haunted frequently by the guilt of her animosity towards Ramona.
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell – A boy takes up a bet to eat worms. Ick…this is perfecting disgusting for my boys to read. I have to admit I read it myself many years ago and never wanted to try it but this book is one of the most commonly censored books according to the American Library Association.
Book Description: Alan challenges Billy to eat 15 worms in 15 days. Tom prepares the worms in a variety of ways to make them more appetizing, using condiments such as ketchup, mustard, horseradish, and maple syrup. His parents eventually find out about the bet, which he ultimately wins. All the worms he eats in the book are nightcrawlers. =
These are our big four when we’re not traveling this summer. We’ll dedicate a week to the book and have a Friday night viewing party with the family but here are other book/movies that we’ll be reading/watching this summer as well.
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss – Dr. Seuss has multiple book/movie combinations but this is one of our favorites. I love the message and he loves the music, so this was one of the first I thought about. It doesn’t hurt that we already own both the book and the movie either.
Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney – Unless you’ve been under a rock, you may have heard of this series. The book follows the adventures of a middle school boy Greg Heffley and his daily struggles to fit in. My son loves both the book and the movie so our next step will be the comparison and discussion.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barnett – We loved this movie in theaters but the book is a just as delightful picture book sure to give your little ones sweet dreams of ice cream falling from the sky.
The Night at the Museum by Milan Trenc – The movie version and its sequel are wonderful family-friendly movies that we loved watching. The inspiration behind it was another picture book that’s taken on a life of its own.
These are all our on list but I’ve joined together with a group of friends to share their lists as well. Check out my fellow Georgia Bloggers and their lists. There are a variety of themes to fit one for your family I’m sure. Just check out the list here!
Tell me, what’s on your summer reading list? Are you planning to do a summer movie series instead? Tell me what your plans are. I’d love to hear more.