Movies To See Before Growing Up

I’m excited to share with you an adorable book written by a Coronado mom!



Suzette Valle is the “mama” behind, a blog about parenting in our celebrity-driven society.  Suzette sent me a copy of her book, 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up, and it was almost immediately claimed by my kiddos.

101 movies and kiddos

They read it on our recent trip to Julian.  Mallory brought it to school on sharing day. They’ve gone through the entire thing, noting the (numerous) movies they have already seen, special “did you know” tidbits about each and how many awards they have earned. But it was the movies we had not seen that stood out the most, and we now have a list of family-friendly movies to add to our family movie nights …

The documentary Spellbound, was in theaters 3 years before my daughter was born but is based on a topic close to her heart; spelling bees!

Academy Award Winning The Red Balloon with its uplifting and poetic nature is one I have not seen since 6th grade French class. Mal spotted it in Suzette’s book right away.

Gage was intrigued by Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the original Jurassic Park. I wondered if today’s kids would enjoy some of the these and other “low tech” films in her book like Ghostbusters and The Goonies. Suzette says, “Precisely because some of the older movies are low tech, ​younger kids can sit through them, while getting some commentary from their parents.”

“Watching these films will expose kids to some of pop culture’s most influential films, so they’ll know why a film has a ride at their favorite theme park is a cult classic, or why certain Halloween costumes even exist,” Suzette says. “But most of all, the films in 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up are meant to be watched with your family. I hope that if I inspire you to do this even once a week, and maybe even establish your own tradition of family movie night, you will have spent an unforgettable hour or two taking a journey together into the limitless boundaries of imagination and creativity that only movies can take us on from the comfort of our own home.”

WiN! Your own copy of 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up!  What movie from your own childhood has made the biggest impression on you and why? Add your comment below for your chance to snag a copy of this wonderful book for your family.


Good luck!


5 thoughts on “Movies To See Before Growing Up

  1. Congrats Amy! You are our contest winner. Please see your email for instructions on how to claim your prize!

  2. Ruth McCallister says:

    The breakfast club

  3. Wendy says:

    ET I loved the friendship between Elliott and ET

  4. Amy Ausderan says:

    Mrs. Doubtfire- I love this movie because it provides a powerful message about the lengths a father will go to spend quality time with his children following a divorce! #LOVE#DEDICATION♡

  5. Sarah says:

    I love this post! I’ve been wondering lately when the kids will be ready for Family a Movie Night and I think we are getting close! Love the idea of a list. Save your book for another follower–I’m going to get my own now!

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