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TPiB: Collaborative Summer Reading Program Movie Ideas

If you’re in one of the states that is participating in the Collaborative Summer Reading Program like I am, you are already thinking of ways to bring creative (and cheap) programming into your rotation.  The manual has some wonderful ideas, and if you’re on pinterest there are TONS of boards.  I’m always scouring for movie ideas: we have the movie license so that’s paid for, the movies can either be rolled into the summer reading budget or into my materials order so I have the movie, and if I add in a craft and a few tables for my gamers, my teens are set!

I’ve pulled together a TON of movies that will work for family, tween (through twelve- my definition), and teen nights using an ‘underground” theme, which fits into both Dig Into Reading and Beneath the Surface!  Think of anymore, share in the comments!

 Family Movie Suggestions (G & PG):
A Bug’s Life
Alice in Wonderland
Beetlejuice (might need a special warning because it was made before there was a PG-13; it does have an Fbomb in there)
The Corpse Bride
Gnomeo and Juliet
How to Train Your Dragon
James and the Giant Peach
Journey 2- Mysterious Island
Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)
National Treasure
Peter Pan
Raiders of the Lost Ark (might need a special warning on sign if for a family night since it was made before the PG-13 label- some scenes are intense)
Spiderwick Chronicles
Wreck It Ralph
Teen Movies (PG-13 rating):
10,000 BC
Batman/ Dark Knight
Blood and Chocolate
Bourne series
Brothers Grimm
Chronicles of Riddick
Clash of the Titans
Death Becomes Her
Deep Impact
Disaster Movie
Drag Me To Hell
Eight legged Freaks
Fifth Element
Forbidden Kingdom
Ghost Rider
GI Joe
Hunt for Red October
I am Legend
Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
James Bond movies
Jurassic Park
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
King Kong
Lara Croft
Lord of the Rings triology
Lovely Bones
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Min in Black series
Mission Impossible series
Mortal Kombat
Mummy series
Mystery Men
Prince of Persia
Red Dawn
Scorpion King
Skeleton Key
Snow White and the Huntsman
Sucker Punch
Terminator Salvation
The Fog
Time Machine
Total Recall
Transformers series
True Grit
Vampire’s Assistant
Van Helsing
War of the Worlds
Wicker Man
Wild Wild West
Note:  All movies listed are covered under Movie Licensing USA.  If you do not have a public performance license, please purchase one before showing movies for programs or use movies that are in the public domain.  Do not get invaded by the authorities.
Special Note:  while the MPAA ratings are guidelines and not law, a majority of libraries are not able to show R rated movies to teens without permissions slips or at all.  All suggestions are at the most PG-13.


  1. After much hemming and hawing, I finally planned my Beneath The Surface summer movie series. I'm playing kind of fast and loose with the theme. Here's what I picked:
    Hunger Games
    Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist
    Mystery Men
    I Am Legend
    Beautiful Creatures
    Pitch Perfect

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