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The Best Literature-Based Kids Shows

If you are searching for the best literature-based kids shows, chances are you just need a break. I am a huge propotent of making books available for your kids to explore and reading aloud with your kids, but you know what? Sometimes, we need TV! Even if it is just for a few minutes.

In my house growing up, the TV only came on once a day. Everyday at 5:00 pm, my mom would call us in from playing outside, and my sisters and I would crowd around our small box TV and watch Clifford on PBS Kids. This gave my mom thirty minutes of a kid-free kitchen to get dinner prepped and on the table.

Do you need a few minutes of kid-free time to get a few things done around the house? Check out this list of the best literature-based kids shows and movies that will keep your child’s love of books going by bringing the books to life!

TV Shows

The Best Literature-Based Kids Shows

Guess How Much I Love You

Follow the Little Nutbrown Hare as he learns about the world around him with his family and friends by his side. This sweet show is filled with beautiful watercolor illustrations, soothing classical music, and calming narration.

The Best Literature-Based Kids Shows

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Everybody loves the quirky little mouse who only wanted a chocolate chip cookie. Now, Mouse comes alive in this Amazon Original series, and his adventures extend well beyond the one cookie.

The Best Literature-Based Kids Shows

Llama Llama

Anna Dewdney’s loveable book series about the adventures of a little llama have been brought to life in this animated Netflix series. Follow along as Llama Llama learns important lessons about kindness, sharing, and more!

The Best Literature-Based Kids Shows

Little Bear

In 1957, the first Little Bear book was written and published by Else Holmelund Minarik. In 1995, this beloved children’s book series became an animated TV show. Follow Little Bear and his family as they learn about patience, kindness, and having fun!

The Berenstain Bears

The Berenstain Bear book series began in 1962. Today, the series has expanded to include over 300 titles! In 1979, the animated Berenstain Bears hit TV screens across the country and has become a beloved children’s TV classic. Follow the Berenstain Bear series as they learn about safety, empathy, and more!


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Collection

Watch these Eric Carle literary classics come to life in a beautiful way! This movie features animated Eric Carle illustrations, classical background music, calming narration, and exact text from the books.


Chrysanthemum is embarrassed by her long and unusual name. Through the help of her parents and teacher, Chrysanthemum learns to not only like but also LOVE her unique name!

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type

The animals on the farm have a few things to say to the farmer, but how can they communicate? Luckily, the cows can type on an old, clackity type writer. What will they say? Watch and find out!

Giggle, Giggle, Quack

The animals are once again stirring up mischief on the farm! This time, Duck takes over and soon, pizzas are being ordered, movies are bring rented, and other hilarious activities begin happening! What crazy thing will Duck try next?

The Snowy Day

Peter is excited to visit Nana and learn how to make her famous mac n’ cheese for Christmas Eve. But, the simple walk to Nana’s has some unexpected twists and turns. Follow Peter as he learns about friendship and the true purpose of the holidays.

Extra Yarn

Annabelle’s world is cold and colorless. One day, she discovers a little box of yarn. She begins to knit and soon, the colorless town is full of colorful sweaters! The funny thing is? The yarn does not run out! By the end, the people of the town learn that no amount of money can buy the joy of giving.

Read Aloud

Owl Moon

A girl and her father set out late at night to search for owls by the light of the moon. This is the little girl’s first experience owling, and her father is eager to teach her. This movie is simply a read-aloud with still illustrations from the book.

Crow Call

A little girl is reunited with her father after he returns from the military. As they seek to reconnect, the father takes his daughter crow hunting. This movie is simply a read aloud with still illustrations from the book.

I hope that you will find this list of literature-based kids shows helpful to you! These shows are sweet and will continue to encourage a love of literature as they watch.

Pro Tip: Some of these shows or movies are only available for rent on streaming services. I recommend checking YouTube first to see if a free version is available.

Happy watching!

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