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Lucy Maud Montgomery for Young Readers: Movies, Graphic Novels, and More!

This LibGuide is for young readers looking to learn more about L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, and what to read after falling in love with the worlds of Lucy Maud Montgomery.

To Read or to Watch? A good question with no wrong answers!

There are lots of ways to experience the magic of L.M. Montgomery's writings - and here are some ideas for you to check out! Most of these adaptations are focused on Anne Shirley, but we've included a few others as well. Whether you're interested in graphic novels, Netflix series, or theatre productions, there's something here to appeal to any Montgomery enthusiast. 

There are dozens of adaptations of Montgomery stories, particularly Anne of Green Gables, so this guide won't be listing all of them, but we'll be including a link to a more comprehensive list in our references for you to explore if you'd like to learn more!

Watching Anne (and Others)

The first Anne of Green Gables film adaptation was made in 1934 and stars Dawn O'Day (who loved Anne Shirley so much that she later legally changed her name from "Dawn O'Day" to "Anne Shirley"!

Anne of Windy Poplars is the 1940 sequel to the 1934 Anne of Green Gables, starring Anne Shirley (formerly known as Dawn O'Day) as the title character. 

There were also Anne of Green Gables film adaptations made in 1919, 1952, and 1972 (this one was a TV series). Unfortunately, these films are believed to be lost and are no longer available. 

Anne of Avonlea was made in 1975 as a TV series sequel to the lost Anne of Green Gables from 1972. It stars Kim Braden in the title role and consists of one season with six episodes.

This fifty episode series of Anne of Green Gables, titled Akage no An, came out in 1979. Eiko Yamada voices the title character. A shorter film version of this series was also released in 2010!

This Anne of Green Gables TV miniseries from 1985 stars Megan Follows as the title character. This adaptation has two sequels: Anne of Avonlea (1987) and Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (2000).

Based on Montgomery's Jane of Lantern Hill, this TV movie version (simply titled Lantern Hill) was released in 1990 and tells the story of Jane Stuart and her discovery of her long-lost father and Prince Edward Island.

The Road to Avonlea TV series ran from 1990-1996, with many returning cast members from the 1985 Anne of Green Gables, and tells many of the Story Girl stories on Prince Edward Island. 

This TV series adaptation of Emily of New Moon ran from 1998-2003, with Martha MacIsaac as the title character. The show had four season and forty-six episodes and tells the story of another orphan on Prince Edward Island.

This 2005 film adaption of Anne of Green Gables, titled Anne: Journey to Green Gables, is another animated retelling of the classic story, starring Mckenzie Sullivan as the voice of Anne Shirley. 

Another Emily of New Moon adaptation, this one-season Japanese TV series from 2007 is titled Kaze no Shoujo Emily.

Director John Kent Harrison released three Anne films between 2016-2017: Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables: the Good Stars, and L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables: Fire and Dew.

Anne with an E ran as a Netflix series from 2017-2019. starring Amybeth McNulty as Anne. This is the most recent Anne of Green Gables, and possibly the most controversial, and many fans are eagerly hoping and petitioning for another season!

Reading Anne (with Activities)

This 2017 graphic novel adaption of Anne of Green Gables was adapted by Mariah Marsden and illustrated by Brenna Thumlmer. It tells the story of Anne and the Cuthberts in a modern and exciting way!

The Anne of Green Gables Cookbook: Charming Recipes from Anne and Her Friends in Avonlea by Kate Macdonald (with photographs by Evi Abeler) allows Anne and Prince Edward Island lovers to experience some of the food that plays such a big part in Montgomery's writing!

Chrystal Chan and Kuma Chan (illustrator) teamed up to create this manga adaptation of Anne of Green Gables which was published just a few months ago, in September of 2020, titled Manga Classics: Anne of Green Gables.

Jae-Un Lee has created a beautiful new way to experience Prince Edward Island in this 2016 book, Color the Classics: Anne of Green Gables: A Coloring Book Visit to Prince Edward Island.

Kelly Hill has created an Anne Shirley/Prince Edward Island series for toddlers, including Anne's Alphabet, Anne's Colors, and Anne's Numbers. If you babysit or have younger siblings or cousins, this could be a great way to introduce them to the world of Anne!

For any readers looking for spiritual messages connected to Anne of Green Gables, this book of devotionals by Rachel Dodge may be perfect for you. It's titled The Anne of Green Gables Devotional: A Chapter-by-Chapter Companion for Kindred Spirits and shares literary quotes and messages of faith.

This modern retelling of Anne Shirley's story, retold as Ana of California by Andi Terin, was published in 2015 and is set in northern California rather than Canada, but still tells the tale of the orphan we know and love from L.M. Montgomery's original story.

Performing Anne

Anne of Green Gables the Musical, written by Norman Campbell and Donald Harron, was created and performed on small stages and as a TV production in 1950s, with it's first big stage production at the Charlottetown Festival. It went on to premiere in London in 1967 and in New York City in 1972. 

Anne of Green Gables: the Ballet was first performed in 2019. The score is based on the Norman Campbell music from the musical (listed above!) but was adapted for ballet production by Alexander Levkovich and choreographed by Bengt Jörgen. It's first tour would have gone throughout 2020, but due to Covid-19 will continue in 2021.

This non-musical stage production of Anne of Green Gables, written/adapted by Peter DeLaurier in 2009, although not being performed during the pandemic, is available to perform and only requires a cast of 11-13 actors!