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MathPapa - Algebra Calculator App Poster Image
age 11+
Handy algebra helper with X factor; watch for cheating.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
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Heartbeats Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Great dance scenes perk up so-so cross-cultural romance.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Vsauce TV Poster Image
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age 11+
Intelligent, fun-loving science learning worth watching.
Network: YouTube Channel
(2007)
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Springin' - Create, Share, and Play App Poster Image
age 11+
Game creator has great potential but steep learning curve.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
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The Way Things Work Now Book Poster Image
age 11+
Captivating look at the things that power our world.
By David Macaulay
(2016)
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Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History Book Poster Image
age 11+
Engaging profiles of 40 amazing women in 31 countries.
By Kate Schatz
(2016)
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PopJam App Poster Image
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age 11+
Social media app for kids under 13 pushes follows and likes.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
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Project Runway: Junior TV Poster Image
age 11+
Seamless spinoff has less drama, more positive mentoring.
Network: Lifetime
(2015)
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Abby's Studio Rescue TV Poster Image
age 11+
Dance studio makeovers put iffy mentor center stage.
Network: Lifetime
(2014)
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"Love Never Felt So Good" (CD single) Music Poster Image
age 11+
Simulated dance-pop duet capitalizes on Jackson's legacy.
By Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake
(2014)
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20 Feet from Stardom Movie Poster Image
age 11+
Smart, thoughtful docu shines light on background singers.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Bring It! TV Poster Image
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age 11+
Hip-hop-style Dance Moms with more mentoring.
Network: Lifetime Television
(2014)
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Code Monster from Crunchzilla Website Poster Image
age 11+
Fun programming lessons from a friendly monster guide.
URL: http://www.crunchzilla.com/code-monster
(2014)
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Buzzmath Website Poster Image
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age 11+
Glitzy, core-aligned math lessons grab kids' attention.
URL: https://www.buzzmath.com/
(2013)
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Splendors and Glooms Book Poster Image
age 11+
Dark, magical, Dickensian page-turner for tweens.
By Laura Amy Schlitz
(2012)
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Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition TV Poster Image
age 11+
Too much focus on fighting moms in kids' dance show.
Network: Lifetime Television
(2012)
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Dance Moms: Miami TV Poster Image
age 11+
Reality spin-off goes South with parents behaving badly.
Network: Lifetime Television
(2012)
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Veer-Zaara Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Bollywood forbidden love tale with song, dance, drama.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2004)
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School of Rock Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Standout Jack Black in nerds-become-cool comedy.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2003)
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West Side Story Movie Poster Image
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age 11+
Musical masterpiece tackles race, with some violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1961)
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