The Disney Literature Challenge


I’m in the middle of completing The Disney Challenge, which is when you watch all the official animated Disney films in order, I got to thinking that I wish I could read Disney films and voila! Here is the Disney Literature Challenge. I’ve compiled a list of all the books, stories, poems and plays that inspired the classic animated Disney films in order. I’ve included links when possible. Enjoy!


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Schneewittchen (Snow White) by The Grimm Brothers 

Pinocchio: The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

Fantasia: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Goethe

Dumbo: Dumbo by Helen Aberson

Bambi: Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Felix Salten


The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Cinderella: Cendrillon by Charles Perrault

Alice in Wonderland: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

Peter Pan: Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by J. M. Barrie

Lady and the Tramp: Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog by Ward Greene


Sleeping Beauty: The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by The Brothers Grimm

101 Dalmations: One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

The Sword in the Stone: The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White

The Jungle Book: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Robin Hood: Ivanhoe by Walter Scott


The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

The Rescuers: The Rescuers by Margery Sharp

The Fox and the Hound: The Fox and the Hound by Daniel P. Mannix

The Black Cauldron: The Book of Three and The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander

The Great Mouse Detective: Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus


Oliver & Company: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

The Little Mermaid: The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen

Beauty and the Beast: La Belle et la Bête Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont

Aladdin: Aladdin from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights

The Lion King: Hamlet by William Shakespeare


The Hunchback of Notre Dame: The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

Hercules: The Greek myth of Heracules

Mulan: The Ballad of Mulan

Tarzan: Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

AtlantisTwenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne


Treasure Planet: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Chicken Little: Henny Penny by Paul Galdone

Meet the Robinsons: A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce

The Princess and the Frog: The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker

Tangled: Rapunzel by The Grimm Brothers

Frozen: The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

Big Hero 6: Big Hero 6 by Scott Lobdell and Gus Vasquez