As my kids are getting older and reading more books, we are having SO much fun reading books, then experiencing the movies — or watching a movie and then reading the book. (Or sometimes, we are reading books at the movies – ha!) Friday is family movie night in our house, so we are always looking for good family-friendly movies to watch. Books that have been turned into movies usually fit that criteria.
A few recent book/movie favorites have been Harry Potter, Ramona and Wonder. (Check out this list of 11 books that are being turned into shows/movies this year.)
I always love discussing comparisons with the kids between the book and movie once we have consumed both. It prompts thoughtful conversation as a family.
A few questions to ask your kids about book/movie tie-ins:
- What did you like better in the book?
- What did you like better in the movie?
- What did you think of the casting? Did the characters look and act like you expected?
- What did you wish had been in the movie that was in the book?
- Did the movie make you appreciate the book more? If so, how?
I am always amazed at the details my kids remember from the books – sometimes more than me. When we go to the movies and see a preview for a movie that is based on a book, we have been in the habit of committing to reading the book before it releases.
During the Golden Globes, a new trailer released (see below), which got me more excited to get this book read with the kids. The visual effects look so stunning.