Five Books to Movies for Kids on hoopla

Posted on May 21, 2020

by Heather H

If you have a child and/or tween who prefers YouTube to books, choosing books that have been made into movies is a great way to encourage reading.

Luckily, hoopla Digital offers a variety of these types of titles! The best part about titles on hoopla is that there is never a wait or hold time. Simply download the book and encourage your child(ren) to start reading today – then when done, they can watch the movie to see how it compares!

Don’t forget to also sign them up to participate in our Summer Read, June 1 – August 1.

Steam Engines of Oz

eBook Graphic Novel | Animated Movie

The Wizard of Oz is a timeless classic, and now it’s been reinvented as a steampunk-themed graphic novel! The story picks up one hundred years after Dorothy clicked her ruby red slippers to leave the magical land of Oz. Now Victoria, a young engineer who keeps the city gears moving, joins the Scarecrow and a not so cowardly lion to once again help the Tin Man find his heart.

The animated movie is voiced by popular actors including William Shatner, Julianne Hough, Ron Pearlman and Ashleigh Ball.

The Most Magnificent Thing

eBook | Animated Movie

A little girl and her canine assistant set out to make the most magnificent thing. But after much hard work, the end result is not what the girl had in mind. Frustrated, she quits. Her assistant suggests a long walk, and as they walk, it slowly becomes clear what the girl needs to do to succeed. A charming story that will give kids the most magnificent thing: perspective! The animated film is narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.

Finding Gobi

eBook (young readers)| eBook (older readers) | Animated Movie

The incredible true story of Dion Leonard, a New York Times best-selling author and athlete, who was befriended by a stray dog while running an ultramarathon through the Gobi Desert. Named for the desert in which he found her, Gobi became Dion’s closest companion for 77 of the 155-mile race across China. The scrappy little pup ran mile after mile alongside Dion, through treacherous conditions and across raging rivers. He let her sleep in his tent and share his food, and eventually, his focus shifted from winning to the newfound friendship he and Gobi shared. Follow their unlikely friendship through the challenges of an 80-mile race and Dion’s struggle to bring Gobi home for good.

These titles are also available in Spanish language versions.

Gulliver’s Travels

eBook | Animated Movie (2017) | Animated Movie (1939 classic)

Gulliver’s Travels was written in 1726 and has become one of the great classics of English literature.

In the 1939 animated movie, the brilliant animation team of Max and Dave Fleischer took a break from Popeye and Betty Boop cartoons to tackle Gulliver’s adventures. Two years earlier, Disney’s classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs raised the bar for all animated features to follow, but Fleischer Studios was up to the challenge. The result is a gorgeous 76-minute feature (the first animated feature from an American studio other than Disney), which earned an Academy Award nomination for it’s score and another for songwriting.

The 2017 film is an animated adventure on a gigantic scale in this whimsical laughter-filled tale of some very tiny people who learn some very big lessons about life, accepting differences, love and spaghetti!


eBook | Movie

The best-selling 1913 juvenile fiction novel by Eleanor H. Porter, follows the story of a young girl (Pollyanna) who goes to live with her wealthy and unmarried Aunt Polly. Though the Vermont townspeople of her new home are generally cold to Pollyanna at first, she soon wins them over with her sunny disposition and her determined optimism.

The film is part of PBS’ Master Theatre and features newcomer Georgina Terry who makes a stirring debut as Pollyanna in this heartwarming tale of a little girl whose effortless charm captures the hearts of family, friends and strangers alike.

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