Stream these kids’ shows with your little bookworms
To celebrate International Children’s Book Day on 2 April, stream or download these series and movies based on beloved children’s books for your little ones.
It’s Hans Christian Anderson’s birthday on 2 April, a day that gets celebrated round the world as International Children’s Book Day.
And since the only thing better than re-reading a favourite book with your children is watching a beautiful show or movie based on that book with them, we’ve curated a list of all the titles to stream on Showmax that are based on beloved children’s fiction.
The gorgeous storybooks by the UK’s most successful children’s author come to life in this collection of beautifully animated, lovingly adapted short films that the whole family will adore.
A children’s classic about a mouse who outwits all the scary creatures he meets in the forest – even the Gruffalo. Watch now »
The Gruffalo is afraid of the Big Bad Mouse – but one night, his child decides to meet the mouse for herself. Watch now »
Based on Julia Donaldson’s best-selling children’s book, the Highway Rat is a greedy thief who always steals everyone’s food. But this time he’s bitten off more than he can chew. Watch now »
When a wooden stick is split up from his family tree, it’s up to Father Christmas to bring them back together. Watch now »
The witch lost her hat but found new friends, much to the dismay of her cross old cat. Watch now »
Showmax also has all of these literary classics and hidden gems to delight both young and the young at heart:
Straight from the pages of the legendary children’s author Roald Dahl, revisit classic fairy tales brought to life in this amazing, Oscar-nominated animation. Watch now »
In a town where there is no nature, Ted wants to woo the prettiest girl with a rare flower. But to get one, he needs to find the Lorax, a forest guardian who let greed take over in this modern retelling of the Dr Seuss classic. Watch now »
Big Nutbrown Hare and his son Little Nutbrown Hare live happily together and always look for different ways to show their love for each other. Illustrated in beautiful watercolours, this is an inspiring and entertaining show. Watch now »
Based on the Scholastic book series of the same name by author and illustrator Bob Kolar, Astroblast! takes preschoolers and their parents on hilarious adventures with a friendly and irresistible cast of animal characters in outer space. Watch now »
She has written the world’s most loved adventure novels, but has never left her house! Then a fan on a distant secret island pleads for help, so Alex has to get out of her comfort zone and leap into a whirlwind adventure. Watch now »
Connor, Amaya and Greg are just ordinary kids… until they activate their animal amulets and turn into the superheroes Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, ready to save the world. This series of one-minute shorts gives an exciting taste of the Disney show. Watch now »
For older kids and tweens:
Two school friends explore a magical kingdom and learn about the meaning of life, love, and happiness in this Disney adaptation of the famous novel. Watch now »
The city of Ember survives underground on a massive generator that nobody knows how to fix. When it breaks down, only two teenagers are brave enough to step beyond the city and find out the truth about their world. Based on the first book of the popular series of YA novels. Watch now »
Coming soon to Showmax:
Eleven-year-old Angelo is wise beyond his years. Be it detention, unruly underwear, chores, pirates or a snack thief, there’s no challenge too big for the quick-thinking mastermind and his sidekicks Sherwood and Lola.