Bookmark for a Snow Day: Shows & Movies You Can Stream Based on Children's Books

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There are bound to be some days this winter when your kid is under the weather or homebound due to the weather and what they really want to do is watch television. My 5-year-old caught an early cold this year and spent an afternoon camped on the couch. He didn't want to watch his usual tv favorites so I poked around online for a bit and found some wonderful shows based on favorite children's books that we could stream. Bookmark these for your next snow or sick day!

We have a Netflix subscription so that is my go-to for streaming content, but I've also listed a few ideas available to Amazon Prime members and on Hulu Plus.

Available via Netflix

These are close adaptations of the books and use the original illustrations:

These are tv series based on children's book series:

  • The Magic School Bus (based on books by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, 4 seasons available)
  • Kipper (based on books by Mick Inkpen; there are almost a dozen episodes available on Netflix and Amazon Prime)
  • Arthur (based on the books by Marc Brown, 3 seasons)
  • Bedtime for Frances (based on the book by Russell Hoban; adapted as a tv series by the Jim Henson Company; only 1 episode available)
  • Babar (based on books by Jean De Brunhoff)
  • Caillou (based on the books by Christine L'Heureux, 1 season, also on Amazon Prime)
  • Angelina Ballerina (based on books by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig. There have been two different series based on these books. The first are British and use Helen Craig's illustrations; the second are American and computer animated. Netflix offers episodes from both versions. If you're looking for the British ones, look for Finty Williams and Judy Dench in the cast. The American version features the voices of Naomi Wilkinson.)
  • Miffy and Friends (based on books by Dick Bruna. Netflix offers four episodes)
  • It's Me, Eloise (based on books by Kay Thompson. Netflix currently has 6 episodes)
  • The Adventures of Paddington Bear (based on books by Michael Bond)
  • The Adventures of TinTin (based on the comics by Georges Remi. Netflix and Amazon also have the 2011 movie available)
  • Busytown Mysteries (based on books by Richard Scarry)

Older kids may enjoy these movies based on children's books:

Available via Amazon Prime

  • Kipper (based on books by Mick Inkpen; there are almost a dozen episodes available on Netflix and Amazon Prime)
  • Angelia Ballerina (based on books by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig. There have been two different series based on these books. The first are British and use Helen Craig's illustrations; the second are American and computer animated. Netflix and Hulu offer episodes from both versions, Amazon Prime only offers the American episodes.)
  • Arthur (based on the books of Marc Brown, currently 6 seasons available)
  • The Adventures of TinTin (the 2011 movie, based on the comics of Georges Remi)
  • The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (based on the books by Astrid Lindgren)
  • Caillou (based on the books by Christine L'Heureux)
  • A Little Princess (the 1995 film based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett)
  • The Secret Garden (the 1993 film based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett)
  • Black Beauty (the 1994 movie based on the book by Anna Sewell)
  • The Secret of NIMH (based on Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien)

Hulu Plus

  • Caillou (based on the books by Christine L'Heureux, 51 episodes)
  • Angelina Ballerina (based on books by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig. There have been two different series based on these books. The first are British and use Helen Craig's illustrations; the second are American and computer animated. Netflix and Hulu offer episodes from both versions, Amazon Prime only offers the American episodes.)
  • Arthur (based on the books of Marc Brown, 80 episodes)

Additionally

Tinga Tinga Tales (Not based on published books, but a tv series commissioned by the BBC and Disney to animate traditional animal folk tales. They are produced in Kenya and include beautiful animation and music. They were subsequently adapted into books.)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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