All Reviews

Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Breathtakingly beautiful illustrations tell a detailed story that's as engrossing as it is full of wonder in this superb follow-up to Caldecott Honor book Journey. 
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By Aaron Becker
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
This exciting, moving novel of a brother, a sister, and their beloved horse entangled in World War II is a real gem for all, not only horse lovers.
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By Sam Angus
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
This fantasy has everything going for it: a fearless heroine, a scary forest, angry ghosts, and plenty of twists and turns to keep the pages turning. 
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By Heather Mackey
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Teens and parents alike will be inspired by this incredible story of a Dutch teen who follows her dream of being the youngest person to sail around the world alone. 
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On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
For kids, simply creating their own little worlds is certainly entertaining and valuable play, but HOOPA CITY becomes mind-blowingly fun as kids figure out all the building possibilities.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
A thought-provoking, moving, and educational experience about the horrors of war and the power of friendship and courage during World War I.
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Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Do your older kids and tweens think animated movies are just for little kids? Watching this beautiful, innovative, and engaging movie may change their minds.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Sony's pet simulator mixes responsible dog ownership with memorable pet personalities and an adventure that breathes new life into the simulation genre.
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Platforms: PlayStation Vita
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Toca Town takes a classic play pattern and manages to adapt it -- perhaps even improve it -- using technology, without losing the open-ended possibilities of imaginative play. Here, kids (and their imaginations) run the world. 
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Must-see movie's soundtrack is a perfectly curated mix of love and heartbreak.
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By Various Artists
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Zany story of a movie shoot gone haywire has great message to follow your dreams.
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By Richard T. Morris
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Match Blitz is a fun, challenging multiplayer game that the entire family can enjoy.
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Devices: iPad
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Smart, independent female characters take the lead in this beautiful RPG that's fun for girls, boys, and grown-ups.
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Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
2
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Busy Shapes mimics a real-world environment for kids to explore but also gives them a safe, appropriately stimulating way to explore the digital world that will be part of their experience.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Lemony Snicket's satisfying mini-mysteries work as stand-alone books or as a treat for fans of his All the Wrong Questions series.
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By Lemony Snicket
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Threes! is an engaging game that uses numbers in a fun way, and the whole family can enjoy it.
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Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
Morning Phase is a beautiful collection of music for all ages, perfect for a Sunday morning around the house or as background music during dinner. 
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By Beck
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Kids will learn as they engage in each beautifully designed lesson in The Social Express. The situations presented are relevant to kids' lives and will help them transfer skills to real-life situations outside the app.
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Devices: iPad
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
The first Saudi Arabian-produced film ever to be directed by a woman, this film is a triumph of nuance and substance, as well as a study in everyday female empowerment.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This indie game is a product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, and it shines for its clever story, interesting characters, and beautiful scenes. 
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Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2014)

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