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Spirit Riding Free: Pony Tales TV Poster Image
age 5+
Frontier friends return in fun mini-episodes, music videos.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
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Ferne and Rory’s Vet Tales TV Poster Image
age 5+
Upbeat series teaches kids responsible pet ownership.
Network: Xfinity
(2018)
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Lambslide Book Poster Image
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age 5+
Girl teaches animals to vote in cute farm story.
By Ann Patchett
(2019)
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Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland Game Poster Image
age 14+
Crafting adventure creates engaging, accessible gameplay.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows
(2019)
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KidzByte - Curated News for Curious Minds App Poster Image
age 14+
Pressure to buy, privacy issues, typos tarnish cool idea.
Devices: Android
(2019)
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Two Dark Reigns: Three Dark Crowns, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Characters lack drive in third volume of triplet queen tale.
By Kendare Blake
(2018)
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Issa's Edible Adventures App Poster Image
age 5+
Real recipes are highlights in this imaginary adventure.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
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Dynasty Warriors 9 Game Poster Image
age 14+
Fun open-world action also has glitches, repetitive play.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
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My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) Movie Poster Image
age 5+
Positive messages, some scary stuff in sweet, sparkly romp.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E.B. White Book Poster Image
age 5+
Gentle bio of "Charlotte's Web" author is full of charm.
By Barbara Herkert
(2017)
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All the Wind in the World Book Poster Image
age 14+
Gripping romance, touch of magic in futuristic wasteland.
By Samantha Mabry
(2017)
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StoryTime: Billy Goats Gruff App Poster Image
age 5+
Classic fairy tale with kid-friendly prompts, creepy troll.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
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Arlo the Burping Pig Movie Poster Image
age 5+
Predictable story about a girl and the piglet she loves.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis Book Poster Image
age 5+
Fun, charming look at civil rights leader's childhood.
By Jabari Asim
(2016)
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The Complete Fairytale Play Theater App Poster Image
age 5+
Creative open-ended storytelling, but some drawbacks.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
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The Wrath & the Dawn, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Hint of magic in absorbing 1,001 Nights-themed love story.
By Renee Ahdieh
(2015)
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The Winner's Kiss: The Winner's Trilogy, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Winning trilogy ends on a more mature note.
By Marie Rutkoski
(2016)
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Juana la Iguana en la Granja, Aprende en Español / Spanish App Poster Image
age 5+
Cute iguana guides kids through games entirely in Spanish.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
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Pup 2 No Good Movie Poster Image
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age 5+
Animated sequel a bit better than original; some peril.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde Book Poster Image
age 5+
Kids will devour fun tale of monstrously hungry rabbits.
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale
(2016)
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