Stream these kids’ shows with your little bookworms

17 March 2020

Stream these kids’ shows with your little bookworms

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 Julia Donaldson Collection

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.

The Snail and The Whale

Adapted from the picture book by Julia Donaldson, The Snail and the Whale tells the beautiful story of an unlikely friendship that forms when a snail hitches a ride for an incredible journey on the tail of a humpback whale. Watch now »


Zog is a young dragon determined to do well at Dragon School, where he learns about flying, roaring and breathing fire. But poor Zog experiences a few challenges along the way, many caused by his clumsiness. Watch now »

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo on Showmax

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’s Child

The Gruffalo's Child on Showmax

The Gruffalo is afraid of the Big Bad Mouse – but one night, his child decides to meet the mouse for herself. Watch now »

The Highway Rat | First on Showmax

The Highway Rat on Showmax

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 »

Stick Man

Stick Man on Showmax

When a wooden stick is split up from his family tree, it’s up to Father Christmas to bring them back together. Watch now »

Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom on Showmax

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:

Revolting Rhymes (Roald Dahl)

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 »

Guess How Much I Love You (Sam McBratney)

Guess How Much I Love You is on Showmax

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 »

Astroblast! (Bob Kolar)

Astroblast on Showmax

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 »

Nim’s Island (Wendy Orr)

Nim's Island is on Showmax

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 »

PJ Masks (Romuald Racioppo)

PJ Masks on Showmax

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 »

Angelo Rules (Sylvie De Mathuisieulx and Sebastien Diologent)

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. Watch now »

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