As my good friend Michele Martin said, “Don’t judge a book by its movie!” Which could also be switched around as ‘don’t judge a movie by its book.’ Many times I have heard, ‘The movie didn’t do the book justice,’ or ‘The movie was so much better than the book!’ Well, now you have the opportunity to decide for yourself. Come in to see Ellinwood School/Community Library’s display of “Books to Movies”!
Being showcased, you will find “chick flicks”, including the Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke; My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult; and a variety of favorites written by Nicholas Sparks. Speaking of series, ESCL has Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling; Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer; The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, and Divergent by Veronica Roth.
I have to admit, children movies are my favorite, especially Disney! I’m sure we will never have a complete set of Disney books/movies, but we have a good collection! Other children books/movies include: Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White; Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett; Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney; and The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Middle grade students may enjoy books/movies such as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis; The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne; Holes, by Louis Sachar, or The Giver, by Lois Lowry. Just don’t count on being able to watch the movie to pass your AR test!
ESCL has movies based on true stories: Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson; The Monuments Men, by Robert M. Edsel; A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar; and Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. We also have books/movies that are award winners: Forrest Gump, by Winston Groom; The Blind Side, by Michael Lewis; and The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink.
Last, we have displayed books that are going to be made into movies. These include: The Scorch Trials, by James Dashner; Room, by Emma Donoghue; and I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb.
Thanks to Julie Blakeslee for this great idea of a display, and Kala Robl for helping to showcase our collection.
One quick shout out to our EHS NHS members, John Thorson, Russell Schadel, and Clifford for their help with our EGS Book Fair! We earned enough to purchase 42 books from the fair for our EGS library, and will be looking through the Scholastic Catalog for more to add to our collection. ESCL will be hosting another Scholastic Book Fair for EGS in June – we are hoping Clifford will make another appearance.
Director of Library/Media Services
Ellinwood School/Community Libraries