6 award-winning children's books that were turned into movies

From 'Holes' to 'The Polar Express,' these are the acclaimed short stories that made the leap from the library to the screen.

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"Jumanji," by American illustrator Chris Van Allsburg, tells the story of a magical board game that brings animals and jungle elements to life. It won the Caldecott Medal in 1982 and, even today, is considered a must-have on every child's bookshelf.

In 1995, a film adaptation of the same name was released – with Van Allsburg directly involved in the creation of its screenplay. It starred American actors Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst, as well as Australian star Jonathan Hyde (who would later find greater fame as Bruce Ismay in James Cameron's "Titanic.")

Despite mixed reviews by critics, the film was a blockbuster success and, like the book, has become a beloved piece of cinema. In January 2016, it was announced that a reboot headed by American director Jake Kasdan was in the works at Sony.

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