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40+ Netflix Movies Based On Books (For Kids 8-10)

These Netflix movies based on books are perfect for kids 8-10 any time of year. These Netflix titles include classics, live-action, animation, comedies, creepers, and heroes.

I remember taking a college course called something like “Intro to Fiction and Film.” We would read the book and then watch the movie in class. Who would have thought that movies based on books on Netflix would be a thing…15 years later!

Then, we'd have discussions about the similarities and differences. I recently stumbled upon a similar list on Netflix and thought I would share what I found.

This list of movies is based on books for ages 8-10. If you'd like more direction or opinion about that, check out Common Sense Media. These are great for sick days, school breaks, Summer breaks, or general enrichment.

These movies include feel-good, family movies that you can feel comfortable letting your kids watch alone or streaming on family movie night. These are great selections to add to your Netflix list.

What better way to spend a weekend than by binge-watching Netflix?

All the titles listed are currently on Netflix, but that is subject to change without notice.

What to Expect in Movies Based on Books for Kids ages 8-10

Movies based on books for kids aged 8-10 share several common elements to engage and entertain young viewers while staying true to the source material. Here's what you can typically expect:

1. Faithfulness to the Source Material: These adaptations generally aim to remain faithful to the original book's storyline, characters, and themes. While some creative liberties may be taken, the core of the story is usually preserved.

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2. Age-Appropriate Content: Movies for this age group typically feature content suitable for children aged 8-10, including age-appropriate language, themes, and visual effects. These films often have a “G” or “PG” rating (General or Parental Guidance).

3. Strong Moral and Ethical Messages: Children's books often convey important life lessons and values. Movie adaptations often retain these messages, which can include themes like friendship, courage, kindness, and the importance of family.

4. Adventure and Imagination: Many books for this age group feature imaginative adventures and fantastical elements. Movie adaptations often bring these elements to life with impressive special effects and visual storytelling.

5. Age-Appropriate Casting: Movies typically cast child actors who closely resemble the book's characters in terms of age, appearance, and personality.

6. Educational Elements: Some adaptations may incorporate educational themes or elements to make learning fun. For example, a movie might include science, history, or cultural references that tie in with the book's content.

7. Family-Friendly Humor: Movies often include humor that appeals to both kids and adults, making the experience enjoyable for the entire family.

8. Positive Role Models: Movie adaptations usually showcase positive role models, often in the form of the book's central characters. These characters can serve as inspiration for young viewers.

9. Emotional Engagement: Movies strive to engage young viewers emotionally, helping them connect with the characters and become invested in the story's outcome.

10. Visual Appeal: To captivate young audiences, movie adaptations may use colorful visuals, lively animation, or engaging cinematography.

It's important to note that not all movie adaptations will capture every aspect of the original book, and some changes may be made to suit the medium of film.

Nevertheless, movies based on books for kids aged 8-10 are generally designed to entertain, educate, and inspire young viewers while staying true to the spirit of the source material.

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  1. Peter Rabbit 2
  2. Secret Magic Control Agency
  3. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
  4. White Fang
  5. The Willoughbys
  6. Earwig and the Witch
  7. The Little Prince
  8. Nightbooks
  9. Home
  10. Goosebumps
  11. Shrek the Musical
  12. Horrid Henry – the Movie
  13. Mr. Lemoncello's Library
  14. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
  15. Latte and the Magic Waterstone
  16. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
  17. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  18. Rise of The Guardians


  1. Anne with an “E”
  2. Boss Baby Back in The Crib
  3. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  4. The Worst Witch
  5. The Who Was? Show
  6. Green Eggs & Ham
  7. The Magic School Bus
  8. The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants
  9. Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous
  10. PJ Masks
  11. Boss Baby Back in Business
  12. True Grit
  13. Llama Llama
  14. The Last Kids on Earth
  15. Dragons Race to the Edge
  16. Trollhunters Tale of Arcadia
  17. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That
  18. The Babysitter's Club
  19. The New Legends of Monkey
  20. Tarzan and Jane
  21. Heidi, bienvenida a casa
  22. Bottersnikes & Gumbles

Check out this list of 55+ Movies Based on Favorite Books for Grades K-5

If you also have older kids, check out these Netflix movies based on books (11-12).

To continue learning, check out the General Book/Movie Study Guide.a mock up image of general study guide

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People Also Ask:

Which Netflix movies are based on books?

From classics to the more contemporary, some of the greatest movies ever made started out as books.
Movies Based on Books

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • Forrest Gump.
  • Home.
  • Shrek Forever After.
  • Rescued by Ruby.
  • Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat.
  • YES DAY.
  • How to Train Your Dragon.

To continue learning, check out the How to Train Your Dragon Movie Study.

What shows on Netflix are based on books?

  • Bridgerton.
  • Shadow and Bone.
  • Mindhunter. Creator: Joe Penhall.
  • The Haunting of HIll House.
  • Halston.
  • Cursed. 
  • Sweet Magnolias.

What movie series are based on books?

Another good film franchise based on a book is The Godfather Trilogy. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was one of the most critically and financially successful franchise adaptations ever. Die Hard, Harry Potter, and the Bourne series are all excellent film franchises based on books.

What are some movies on Netflix that are based on true stories?

Biographical Dramas
  • Geronimo: An American Legend.
  • Molly's Game.
  • Lean on Me.
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
  • Walk. Ride. Rodeo.
  • The Social Network.
  • Bonnie & Clyde.
  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile.

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