Happy New Year! 2016 Books to Movies

If you’ve already given up on your New Year’s Resolution here’s a new one to sink your teeth into,  read all the the children’s and YA books that will become movies in 2016, or sometime soon after.   it’s a good idea to keep up with pop culture if you are a librarian that works with young people.  It is a sure bet that any book that is turned into a movie will instantly grow wings and fly off the shelf at your library so be sure to get more copies of these blockbusters and at least skim through them yourself.

Eleanor and Park

Eleanor & Park

By: Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits — smart enough to know that first love almost, but brave and desperate enough to try.  Ages 13 and up.

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska

By: John Green

Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.  Ages 13 and up.


The BFG.

By: Roald Dahl

Kid-snatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.  Ages 7 and up.

Miss Peregrine's

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

By: Ransom Riggs

A horrific family tragedy sends sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of an old orphanage that was home to children who were more than just peculiar, but possibly dangerous — and who may still be alive.  Ages 12 and up.

Before I fall

Before I Fall

By: Lauren Oliver

After she dies in a car crash, teenaged Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.  Ages 12 and up.

The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave

By: Richard Yancey

Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.  Ages 12 and up.

Fantastic Beasts

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

By: J.K. Rowling

This special edition of a fictional work of a textbook used at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft is intended to educate Muggles about the history, characteristics, and care of various mythical and magical creatures of the world.  Ages 8 and up.



By: Veronica Roth

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered — fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal.  So when there is a chance to explore the world past society limits, Tris is ready.  Old discoveries proven meaningless and new truths change Tris’ life as she’s known it and she must battle to understand the complexities of human nature and herself.  Ages 13 and up.



By: Neil Shusterman

In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives “unwound” and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs–and, perhaps, save their own lives.  Ages 13 and up.

A Monster Calls

Monster Calls

By: Patrick Ness

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window.  But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting.  He’s been expecting the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments.  The monster in his backyard is different, ancient, and wild.  And it wants something terrible and dangerous from Conor, the truth.  Ages 13 and up.

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