Let's Go to the Cinema! (3rd-5th Grade)

By Skokie Staff Bibliocommons Youth Services

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go to the Cinema! The books on this list inspired movie magic.

  • The Bad Beginning

    1999 by Snicket, Lemony

    After their home is burned down, the Baudelaire children are now orphans and sent to live with a relative who is out to get their fortune. This is the first book in A Series of Unfortunate Events.

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  • The Field Guide

    2003 by DiTerlizzi, Tony

    The Grace children move into a creepy house, so the first thing Jared decides to do is explore. He finds an old book in a strange room that unleashed monsters and all sorts of magical creatures. This book is the first in a series.

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  • The Magician's Nephew

    1983 by Lewis, C. S.

    Polly and Digory become unlikely friends and decide to explore an attic on a cold London day. Then, they fall into an adventure that tells the tale of how Narnia, Aslan, and the White Witch came to be. This is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia.

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  • How to Train your Dragon

    2004 by Cowell, Cressida

    Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a quiet Viking and son of the chief of their village. Hiccup has to take the initiation test that require him to capture and train a dragon. Can he do it?

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  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures

    2007 by Selznick, Brian

    Hugo is a twelve-year-old orphan who spends his days repairing clocks at a train station in Paris. Set in 1931, Hugo comes across a girl and a grumpy toy shop owner and puts his secret life in danger!

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  • Inkheart

    2003 by Funke, Cornelia Caroline

    Maggie and her father live a quiet life alone. Maggie thinks her father repairs books, but he has a secret—a magical power that lets him think characters to life!

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  • Holes

    1998 by Sachar, Louis

    Stanley Yelnats is sent to a boys detention center so he can build character by digging holes every day. However, there are secrets that are deeper than five feet.

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  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    2002 by Dahl, Roald

    Mr. Fox is stealing from the three meanest men in town. The men band together to hunt Mr. Fox and his family down, but Mr. Fox has a fantastic plan!

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  • The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of A Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, and A Spool of Thread

    2003 by DiCamillo, Kate

    A little mouse, a serving girl, and a rat become unlikely allies whose journey's take them to the top a castle to the dark depths of a dungeon. There is no telling what will happen next!

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  • The House With A Clock in Its Walls

    2004 by Bellairs, John

    Lewis, an orphan, is sent to go live with his uncle. Lewis thought that his uncle was a normal person, but both his uncle and their neighbor are witches!

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  • The City of Ember

    2003 by DuPrau, Jeanne

    For the past 200 years, the City of Ember was the last place of refuge for the human race, but now the lights are beginning to flicker. Lina and Doon find an ancient message and work together to save the city. This is the first book in a series.

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  • Wonder

    2012 by Palacio, R. J.

    Auggie was born with extreme facial abnormalities and not expected to survive. For the first time he is going to school with other students where he will have to endure bullying and taunts from other students

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