Watching Kids' Books on Netflix


Fellow Netflix users:  Have you seen the great selection of shows based on children's books to hit the streaming service recently?  I've been meaning to mention it.  Of course, there are the well-known PBS shows, like ArthurKipper, Angelina Ballerina, and Curious George, which have been available for a long time.  We still have several Eloise animated movies to choose from, and The Busy World of Richard Scarry and Busytown Mysteries.  But I'm so happy to see Dragon, the Canadian series based on the Dav Pilkey Dragon books.  Big Sis was excited to see The Magic School Bus hit Netflix, too.  And they must have struck a deal with Scholastic, because now we have a few Scholastic Storybook Treasures collections - "Amazing America," "Amusing Animals," "Good to Know," and "One-of-a-Kind Critters".  We also have animated works based on Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), Rosemary Wells (Emily's First 100 Days of School), and Syd Hoff (Danny and the Dinosaur).  The 1980s Saturday morning TV movie versions of The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Ralph S. Mouse, and Runaway Ralph, based on the Beverly Cleary books, have all been recently viewed in our house. For older kids, the 1990s series versions of The Baby-Sitters Club and Dear America have been added.  There is a series based on the I Spy books.  The recent Netflix deal with Disney has meant the addition of The Wind in the Willows half of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.  There are several titles for Babar and several for Miffy.  And for older kids, the animated series based on Brian Jacques's Redwall and a more recent computer-animated The Little Prince (French, dubbed into English).

Of course, nothing beats reading the actual books on which movies and television shows are based.  But if you do want to sit back and watch something, even a little something, these might be some worthwhile options.

Merry Weekend!  Happy Reading!

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  1. Ooohh they sound interesting! I feel way less guilty (and irritated by the background noise) when my kids are watching this kind of stuff. I got an audio book of one of the Redwall series and my ten year old LOVED it. And my younger ones are glued to the magic school bus. As am I in a way. I can't stop myself inspecting Mrs Frizzles clothes to see how coordinated with the theme!

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    1. I've never read any of the Redwall books, but I've always been intrigued by the covers. I might give the series a try someday. Big Sis watched The Magic School Bus show in kindergarten sometimes. She is my little science nut. And ha about her clothes! ;o)

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  2. Lucy, I'm so with you on the background noise! Danzel, this is awesome. We have Netflix and how you set this up is so cute and helpful. The kids are watching Miffy right now. Great post! Thank you!

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    1. My pleasure! I keep finding stuff I hadn't noticed before. I only noticed Redwall, The Little Prince, and Dear America today. Because the oldest loves Magic Tree House and the American Girl books so much, I'm planning on collecting some used Dear America books for when she's older. I was excited to see the Miffy shorts! We spent the morning watching Clack Clack Moo and Emily's First 100 Days of School. Fun!

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  3. Yes yes yes!!!!! Totally noticed!!! And loving it! We have Mouse and the Motorcycle put in the instant queue, and we've been watching some of the Scholastic videos, J watched one about presidents this morning! And Chrysanthemum! Also excited about Emily's First 100 Days of School.

    So much fun!

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    1. Yay! I keep thinking I'll try watching The Baby-Sitters Club. I didn't watch it when it was new, as I had long outgrown the books by then. (There's a big gap between when the books started and the show began.) I'm curious about it...

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  4. I have yet to try this. I don't have Netflix but it's sure an alternative to reading books. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. We have Netflix instead of cable now. No commercials, yay!!!!

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  5. Oooh, I did see Ralph S. Mouse on there the other day and the Hungry Caterpillar, but the scholastic storybook treasures! AWESOME!! And Cuteness is big into the Arthur books right now so we really should catch some episodes of that...Lilac was saying so actually (I think so she doesn't have to watch Dora.)

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    1. It's such a cute series. The storybook treasures are great! (Yeah, I could do without Dora yelling at me, too.) ;o)

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