14 Books On Video for Early Readers

14 Books On Video for Early Readers

Revisiting my favorite books from when I was a kid might be one of my favorite parts of being a parent. Remembering how much I related to some of the characters when I was a child is like revisiting the past. Watching Pie now find her own connection to those characters is something that will never get old for me. Growing up in the digital age is much different for her than it was for us 80's kids. However, some of the 80's video versions of those books are way better than today's. 

When we finish a book we love to watch the movie that goes with it. Sometimes we like to watch the old and new versions too. Lucky for us, these days a lot of our favorites have made it to DVD and video. From the short story books to the chapter books we love, they're out there for us to watch after we've finished them. Sometimes it even helps me to encourage Pie to finish a book.  

Today we're sharing a few of our favorite stories that made it to video! 
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1.   Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin

We love all things Pete the Cat! Not only are these adorable short stories fun and cute, but usually they have a nice moral to the story. Even better, Youtubehas tons of Pete the Cat videos! They're my go to videos for those late nights when we might have to skip our story time.  There's even a few kid-created versions.  Some of our favorites are: I Love My White ShoesFour Groovy Buttons, and Wheels on the Bus.  I must warn you, these books on video have some very catchy tunes.  
2.   Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton

One of our favorite books gone video is Splat the Cat! These cute short story books have cute stories and funny characters with silly names. One of our favorite Splat stories is Splish Splash Splat! And if you want more activities to go along with your reading, check out these I Can Read downloadable activity pages. 
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3.   I Was So Mad by Mercer Mayer

Pie is super into Mercer Mayer, she loves all the Little Critter's stories. She can read them herself now and we have LOTS in her library. My favorite is I Was So Mad because it was the first Mercer Mayer book we picked up before she was born. Mr. Mayer has his own Youtube channel and a website where you can hear him read these classic stories himself! Check out some of our favorite cute songs and stories:  Me and My MomJust Me and My Dad, and Clean Up Your Room
4. Matilda by Roald Dahl

It's no secret that Roald Dahl is one of my favorite authors of all time. Even as an adult I love reading these stories aloud to Pie when ever she requests it. When she was younger, around three, she didn't understand why Matilda'sparents were so mean. Now that she's a bit older we're revisiting this classic story about the adventures of a girl who loves to read. There's a great movie to watchafter you finish too. This is the first, but definitely not the last Dahl book you'll find on this list. It was my favorite when I was a kid and Pie loves it too.  
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5. Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary

You probably know Beverly Cleary has some of the best children's chapter books ever. The Ralph S. Mouse series is a classic from my childhood and now Pie's too.  You can catch the live actionmovie on DVD from when we were kids in your local library.  You can see one of the sequels on video on Youtube too! This story is about the adventures of a mouse with a big family and an adventurous spirit. There are a bunch of Ralph stories to enjoy if your little one takes a liking to the original.  
 
6.   James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Another amazing Dahl story about a kid who finds his place in the world despite living with some pretty nasty family members. Like Matilda, James finds his way in the world through an incredible adventure with some unlikely friends. The book is fantastic and the movie is just as amazing. There are few books made into movies that are as imaginative and creative as it's source, but this movie is eye-catching and a joy to watch. 
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7.   Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

Pie is always commenting that she'd like to switch places with me after reading this book, she recently asked to reread it too. She loved the story about a mother and daughter who accidentally switch places for the day. I'll admit we have not watched the more recent movie version, but the old 70's version instead. Call me old-fashioned, but I love Barbara Harris and a very young Jodie Foster in this awesome book gone video. 
8.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

By far my most favorite story and movie as a kid and still even now as an adult. If the old 1970's version is on t.v. I will watch it. Every. Single. Time. TheJohnny Depp one is alright, but it just can't compete with Gene Wilder's creepy and fantastic Willy Wonka. My old battered copy of this book is now a part of Pie's library and we really enjoyed watching both movies after we read this magical book.  
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9.   Ramona by Beverly Cleary

When I was a kid, I saw myself as a Ramona. Pie is definitely a Beezus. When Pie was younger we read all the Ramona's aloud and now Pie's getting ready to read them to me. These stories about a girl who is trying to find her way in life starting at age 4 and making her way through elementary school.  The movie somehow finds a way to include a little of each story in it's plot and we loved it. Though there aren't movies to go with them, theHenry and Ribsy are also terrific Cleary cross over books to enjoy along with Ramona's adventures.  
10.   Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain

When we go to the library, Pie goes on the hunt for new Berenstain Bear books. It's getting MUCH harder to find ones she hasn't already read. She loves these stories and is now reading them herself. There are tons of books on video on Youtube, seriously... tons. Some of our favorites: Visit the DentistBad Habit, and Trouble with Money
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11.   Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

That Amelia Bedelia is always taking things so literal! These stories are so funny and cute that you can't help but laugh at her craziness. There are a bunch of these books on video all over Youtube. If your reader likes silliness, they'll love Amelia. Some of our favorites: Amelia BedeliaAmelia Bedelia Goes CampingGood Work Amelia Bedelia
12.   The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

If you combine two of my most favorite things, Roald Dahl and Wes Anderson, you get The Fantastic Mr. Fox. I was more excited for this book then movie combination than Pie. Now she loves them just as much as I do. This book is an adventure of one wild and rebellious fox taking charge against some pretty nasty farmers to save his family and community. Love love love this book and movie. Seriously. Best. Ever. 
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13.   The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

There are so many of Dr. Seuss's books that have turned into videos, but the Lorax is one of our favorites. You can find this classic in two video versions too! The original from the 70's (which you can find online) and today's more current version. All are worth the read and watch.  If you're busy and your reader loves the Lorax, check out the video E-book! Which is great for car trips or just because.  
14.   Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Another classic book that's been made into multiple movies old and new. We think the new one is a little too scary for Pie still, but she's told me a few times she's ready to watch it. However, if your reader is like Pie and not quite ready for Johnny Depp's crazy eyes, check out theold Disney movie after you've finished reading this classic book. 
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If you get the chance, check out Scholastic and Weston Woods video sets. It has more than 100 classic stories animated and read aloud by many voices you may even recognize. They have the option to read along too, which is great for your early readers. Our local library always has tons of them and they're the best. 

We love books and movies, what better way to encourage reading than combining two things we love?!  If you have any book that have turned into video suggestions, leave yours in the comments! We'd love to hear from you. What are some of your favorite ways to encourage reading using technology? 

 

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