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Our Fave 5: Family Friendly Book Adaptations on Netflix

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Bring book pages to life and turn entertainment into quality family time. Check out our Our 5 Favourite Family Friendly Book Adaptations streaming now on Netflix. #StreamTeam

Fave 5 Book Titles to Watch

Our family is always a fan of book adaptations. With so much on offer, it’s easy to include favourite titles from your family’s bookshelf on your family’s Netflix binge list.

Need some suggestions? Let us help:

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Llama Llama Red Pajama

Whether your kids grew up on the books or still reach for it every night, there’s a good chance Llama and his Mama have been a mainstay in your family’s bedtime routine. Now the beloved bedtime stories have come to life. The official animated Llama Llama series launched on January 26 on Netflix. In honour of the show’s upcoming launch, Netflix invites you to show us your Little Llama on Facebook or Instagram using #MyLittleLlama and #LlamaLlama.

Our favourite Llama book was “Llama Llama Mad at Mama” but we are admittedly pretty feisty around here. The story line of this book encouraged our littles to talk about their feelings. We were able to organically sneak in a conversation about how to manage (not ignore) our emotions.

My guess is that hashtags featuring pics of Little Llamas in red pajamas will be more popular than posting of your angry little lamb. However, I would enjoy the heck out of that captured moment of reality so be sure to tag me!

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A Dog’s Purpose

A Dog’s Purpose is based on W. Bruce Cameron’s comedic novel about a dog’s journey through several lives. His lives with all different sorts of human companions bring him full circle to a heartwarming conclusion. Director Lasse Hallstrom is known for emotional, feel-good fare that can make audiences cry. This tearjerking movie adaptation is no exception….our family sobs every time we watch it.

And we cuddle our dog Frida ever so close and try not to get too annoyed as she barks at all her furry friends on screen. You can watch A Dog’s Purpose (2017) with HD quality – even furry family members are invited too when you stream from home.

*Families with wee ones should check reviews to determine whether violent/upsetting scenes are appropriate.

For ‘Big’ Kids

Not sure if your ‘big’ kid is ready for the next level in their entertainment choices? Wondering if it might be too Scary? Dark? Mature? 

Before they stream big kid content, have them read the book first!

With so many book adaptations available, it’s a great strategy for nurturing imagination and encouraging your child to read. 

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Our family can not wait for the second season of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The dark comedy series following the ill-fated Baudelaire siblings returns on March 30 for another suspense-filled season with Neil Patrick Harris reprising his role as the cunning Count Olaf.  Read why our family loves it in More of a Very Bad Thing.

We even created the Lemony Snicken Pizza in honour of the terribly, awful (yet so smart and witty) series. An attentive reader may note that the words ‘Terrible’ and ‘Awful’ may be used as synonyms and therefore may appear repetitive used together in a description. However, the adverb ‘terribly’ is used here to mean ‘Extremely’ rather than ‘Unpleasantly’ in regards to the Netflix series, therefore stating the show to be ‘very dreadful’ rather than ‘awfully awful.’ Of course, one might also be grammatically correct to describe the series as ‘awfully terrible’ but it would continue to be another sarcastic yet witty statement in the style of the narrator of both the books and the series.

The Maze Runner

The Hunger Games

Do you remember the first book that you just couldn’t put down? When many of our children’s friends had permission to watch the Maze Runner and Hunger Game movies (or so they say!), we held strong to the rule that they needed to read the books first.

It was a good decision: The Maze Runner by James Dashner was the book that hooked one of my sons as a reader. He has even read the novel in a second language, using the known storyline to expand his vocabulary without sacrificing comprehension. Not only that, the adventure, suspense, excitement and somewhat more mature content was explored first in their own imaginations so the movies held no surprises for my kids’ first forays into big kid streaming choices. Book adaptations for the win.

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My kids love to read Archie comics as much as I did when I was younger. In fact, the tattered remains of these magazines found all over the house look they might have been been around since when I was a kid reading them! But the new Riverdale series on Netflix is a lot different than the Archie comics the series is based on. Even some of the newest comics are geared toward this older and more mature demographic of kids.

Riverdale is a series we are working up to allowing our tween-ager to stream. She is repeatedly asking for more grown up content that her little brothers can’t watch – a sure sign of wanting to be seen as older and more mature. And in the grand plan of parenting my daughter as she grows up and pushes for greater control, allowing some flexibility in her viewing choices can offer an opportunity to connect over Netflix. Read How to Talk to your T(w)een: Connect over Entertainment.

Which Netflix titles is your family is watching? What book adaptation would you most like to see? Share using the hashtag #StreamTeam

Disclosure: I am so darn happy to be a part of the Netflix Stream Team! #Netflix #StreamTeam #sponsored. I receive promotional items and a Netflix subscription in order to find great content that I can share with YOU. As always, all opinions are my own. 

But really, who doesn’t love Netflix? 

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