Don’t judge a book by its movie! Many books find their way to the big screen. Sometimes that path results in major changes to the story line. Books are usually better! Check out these titles that started in print long before they made their way to Hollywood.
|Picture Book (K-3)||Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Chewandswallow is like any tiny town except for one thing – the weather.Three times a day at breakfast, lunch, and dinner food rains down from the sky. One day that changes, and all kinds of challenges are presented to the citizens of the town. This story will fill you with wonder and delight! What would you do if hamburgers rained down from the sky?
|Intermediate Grades (4-5)||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The gates of Mr. Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory are opening at last – and only five children are allowed inside. The only way they are allowed in is if they have the golden ticket from a Wonka chocolate bar. Charlie Bucket is one of the lucky winners. Charlie meets Mr. Wonka and the other lucky winners. Once inside the factory, Charlie and the other guests encounter magic, adventure, and candy!
|Middle School (6-8)||The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo Baggins is an upstanding member of a “little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded dwarves.” One day Bilbo sets out on an adventure that will change his life forever and the lives of those around him. He accompanies 13 dwarves on a mission to reclaim the gold and mountain kingdom of their ancestors from the dragon, Smaug. They have many adventures and mishaps on their journey to the lonely mountain. This is a fantastic story that will take you on Biblo’s journey and will change you in the way that it changes Bilbo.
|High School (9-12)||If I Stay by Gayle Forman
If I Stay is a bittersweet memory of a family and their loved ones. It’s told through the eyes of Mia, who watches as she is being treated in the hospital after a car accident and her loved ones surround her. And she has to make the toughest choice of all… The story is a powerful tale of life and death and the true meaning of friends, family and truly living. Grab a tissue – you might need one as this title will tug at your heartstrings.