Sometimes, you just want to stay inside on a rainy day and stream some movies and shows - but where to start? Book adaptations are fun ways to relax with a good book AND a good show, and right now, streaming services are full of them! Check out the list below of some popular adaptations for kids and middle grade, and check back in a couple weeks for a list for adults.
Bonus: Check out the library's digital service Hoopla, which lets you stream TV shows and movies with just the power of your library card!
Children's and Middle Grade
- The Baby Sitters Club (Netflix)
Kristy decides to form a baby-sitters club with her friends, Claudia, Mary Anne, and Stacy, but they run into unexpected problems which threaten to break up the club.
- Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Netflix)
Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.
- The Last Kids on Earth (Netflix)
After a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg.
- The Little Prince (Netflix)
An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.
- Bug Diaries (Amazon Prime)
A young fly, spider, and other bugs write their diaries about growing up and learning how the world works for bugs like them, all with a sweet humor.
- The Stinky Dirty Show (Amazon Prime)
This informal picture book series shows all sorts of vehicles doing their jobs - everything from garbage trucks to school buses get a chance to show off exactly how proud they are to help people in their own special way.
- Where's Waldo (Peacock)
The reader follows Waldo and other characters as they travel through various scenes and tries to find them and their lost objects in the illustrations.
- Cleopatra in Space (Peacock)
When a young Cleopatra finds a mysterious tablet that zaps her to the far, REALLY far future, she learns of an ancient prophecy that says she is destined to save the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the evil Xaius Octavian.
- Anne with an E (Netflix)
Two middle-aged siblings decide to adopt an orphan to help them on their farm. But instead of the boy they were expecting, a plucky young girl called Anne Shirley turns up on their doorstep...
- The One and Only Ivan (Disney+)
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.