With shorter days and cooler weather, it’s a great time of year to cozy up on the couch and stream a movie or series. Several shows based on middle-grade books are available now. Make an experience of it. Choose a book. Read it aloud together as a family over several nights. When you’ve finished reading the book, have a family movie night. Maybe even dress as characters from the book and share snacks based on the book. Here are three book/show ideas to get you started.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Disney released the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie in December 2021. Jeff Kinney, author of the popular book series, wrote the screenplay. The movie is now streaming on Disney+.

Watch the trailer.

Captain Underpants

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie was released in 2017 by Dreamworks. Based on the books by Dav Pilkey, the movie is available on Amazon Prime.

Watch the trailer.


A Boy Called Christmas

Netflix created a movie from the book by Matt Haig. The story follows Father Christmas as a young boy sent on a quest to find magic. Streaming now on Netflix.

Watch the trailer.


Coming in 2023: Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Disney is working on a series based on the books by Rick Riordan. Watch the trailer.