Books to Netflix

Students now more than ever are accessing television through streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. A large percentage of programs and movies that are popular right now started as novels that we have in our school libraries. By helping students make the connection between the intrigue of a Netflix trailer and a work on the shelves, we are getting kids into a relationship with a good book.  

For some of our most reluctant teen readers, enticing them with a movie version of a book is a great way to hook them into reading. When school librarians are informally talking to students, the children tend to ask if there is a movie adaption. The following list can act as a quick reference guide for what is available to students. Since Netflix is ever changing, this list is just a compilation of what Netflix subscribers will find during November 2018.

Books to Netflix by Genre

Science Fiction/Fantasy

  • The Walking Dead
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Vampire Diaries
  • The Magicians
  • Naruto
  • A Wrinkle In Time
  • Coraline
  • Jurassic Park
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Stardust
  • Cirque Du Freak
  • The Golden Compass
  • Beautiful Creatures
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy
  • Aliens Ate My Homework


Realistic Fiction
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Anna Karenina
  • The Princess Diaries
  • Friday Night Lights
  • The Lovely Bones
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins


  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • I Am Number 4
  • White Fang


Engaging Readers

Engaging our reluctant readers is a large task, but if students can see that books are so cool they are on Netflix, than maybe that’s a win. It’s a great opportunity to showcase to readers how a story comes from a writer, whether its a screenplay or a novel. Students can also make comparisons and conclusions after reading the book and viewing the movie.  

This type of comparison  work is a common strategy that  English teachers use, so why shouldn’t we as school librarians. As Paulo Coelho said, “The book is a film that takes place in a reader’s mind.” Promoting books that have a movie adaption on a popular service, such as Netflix, can be a gateway for students into reading.


Author: Elizabeth Libberton

Elizabeth Libberton is the library media specialist at St. Charles East High School in St. Charles Illinois. She currently writes book reviews for School Library Journal. She is a member of the ALA Awards Selection Committee. Also, she is a member of the steering committee for the AISLE Lincoln Book Award.

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2 replies

  1. I love this trend. I think it can inspire all kinds of conversation/discussion.
    I think this could be useful for ELL’s as well!

  2. This trend is a great way to invest in the readers of this time. I am an author myself and I have watched movies from Netflix and other streaming services that encourage me to read the book.

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