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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The Polar Express

Beloved by those who will always hear the bell ring, "The Polar Express" is an enchanting short story about a little boy's magical trip to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus. Winner of the Caldecott Medal in 1986, the book marked the second win for American author Chris Van Allsburg after "Jumanji" in 1982.

In 2004, Warner Bros. released a computer-animated adaptation of the book helmed by director Robert Zemeckis. Featuring the vocal talents of American actors Tom Hanks and Nona Gaye, the movie beautifully brought to life the world imagined by Van Allsburg.

Naturally, the film was and continues to be a resounding success, with Warner Bros. re-releasing it in IMAX theaters annually during the holidays. In his review, Roger Ebert praised it for capturing the holiday spirit, adding that it embodies "a haunting, magical quality."


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