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The Authoritative Guide to Children’s Books Turned Into TV Shows

The connection between children’s literature and children’s television is strong. Name a classic children’s series and there’s a decent chance it has been adapted for the small screen at one time or another (some have been adapted more than once). It what is sure to be my slowest-loading post of all time (what with all the Youtube clips) I decided to put all the children’s books that have been turned into TV shows in one place.

Here are all the examples I could track down.


Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell

Clifford’s Puppy Days (PBS)

Clifford the Big Red Dog (PBS)


Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That (PBS)

The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss


Arthur by Marc Brown

Arthur (PBS)


Curious George by Margaret and H.A. Rey

Curious George (PBS)

Martha Speaks

Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh

Martha Speaks (PBS)

Chicken Problem

The Chicken Problem by Jennifer Oxley; illustrated by Billy Aronson

Peg + Cat (PBS)



Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

Goosebumps (The Hub)

Peter Rabbit

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Peter Rabbit (Nick Jr.)


Olivia by Ian Faulkner

Olivia (Nickelodeon) 


Animorphs by K.A. Applegate

Animorphs (Nickelodeon)


The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

The Adventures of the Little Prince (Nickelodeon)


Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird; illustrated by Helen Craig

Angelina Ballerina

Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps (Nick Jr.)

Busy Busy World

Busy, Busy World by Richard Scarry

The Busy World of Richard Scarry

Busytown Mysteries (Nick Jr.)


Franklin in the Dark by Paulette Bourgeois and illustrated by Brenda Clark


Franklin and Friends (Noggin)

Miss Spider

Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk

Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends Nick Jr.


Kipper by Mick Inkpen

Kipper the Dog (Nick Jr.)

Little Bear

Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik; illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Little Bear (Nick Jr.)

Max and Ruby

Max and Ruby books by Rosemary Wells

Max and Ruby (Nick Jr.)


Mr. Men books by Roger Hargreaves

The Mr. Men Show

Mr. Men and Little Miss


A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

Paddington (Nick Jr.)


Thomas the Tank Engine by Rev. W. Awdry

Thomas the Tank Engine


The Big Honey Hunt by Stanley and Janice Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears (Noggin)


Ella the Elegant Elephant by Carmela and Steven D’Amico

Ella the Elephant


Redwall by Brian Jacques

Redwall (Noggin)

Magic School Bus

The Magic School Bus books by Joanna Cole; illustrated by Bruce Degen

The Magic School Bus (Noggin)



Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel

George and Martha

George and Martha by James Marshall

George and Martha


Read Me a Story, Stella by Marie-Louise Gay

Stella and Sam

Horrid Henry

Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross


Horrid Henry (CITV (UK))

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Not a classic children’s series, but The Octonauts were a children’s book series before they were a TV show too.

  2. Denis Markell says


    For those of us who had to suffer through it, I didn’t mind that you left off Caillou. Ergh,

    And the Arthur shows were, to my endless enjoyment, the hippest shows on PBS kids for quite a while. They jumped the shark with the celebrity guests (“Wade Boggs! What are you doing here”) but look for the episode about Head Lice and the one about the Land Of Poetry and they are as good as it gets.

    There is something perversely great hearing Alec Baldwin read the Thomas the Tank Engine stories. I get this sense he’s trying to keep it together the entire time.

  3. This is a fun list! I’ve been trying to think of any others… I know I used to watch the Babysitter’s Club and I think there was a Ramona show too. Also, David the Gnome was based on the Secrets of the Gnomes… does that count as a children’s book? There’s also a series based on the Charlie and Lola books.

    • Tony Carmack says

      There sure was a Ramona television show–with actor now director Sarah Polley as Ramona Q.

  4. A great list, but a few that were missed: The Dumb Bunnies, Babar, Sendak’s Seven Little Monsters, and George Shrinks.

  5. There are also Rolie Polie Olie, Oswald, Corduroy, Ebb and Flo, Ritter Trenk.

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