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Merge Magic App Poster Image
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age 9+
Initially clever but ultimately boring puzzle-ish game.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2019)
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Dave and Ava Learn and Play App Poster Image
age 3+
Quality early learning from YouTube; try before you buy.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2019)
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Changeling: The Oddmire, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Delightfully scary, funny, magical series start.
By William Ritter
(2019)
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The Mooh Brothers TV Poster Image
age 3+
Animals run their own farm, send positive messages.
Network: Kids Central
(2012)
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Dragon Quest Builders 2 Game Poster Image
age 9+
Terrific building game with positive messages and teamwork.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
(2019)
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Okko's Inn Movie Poster Image
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age 9+
Anime ghost story rich with Japanese culture, grief.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2019)
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Aru Shah and the Song of Death: Pandava, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Quirky main characters pep up this Indian myth quest tale.
By Roshani Chokshi
(2019)
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A Piglet Named Mercy Book Poster Image
age 3+
Cute picture book origin story of popular series pig.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2019)
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Peppy Pals Social Skills App Poster Image
age 3+
Great pro-social learning content transfers offscreen.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
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Game of Stars: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Girl becomes demon slayer in fun fantasy game show spoof.
By Sayantani DasGupta
(2019)
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Little Farm Life App Poster Image
age 3+
Virtual farm is fun but misses opportunities for more.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
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Book of Demons Game Poster Image
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age 9+
Modern take on classic dungeon crawling gameplay.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2018)
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My Little Pony: Story Creator App Poster Image
age 9+
Creativity may be stifled by pressure to buy and pop-up ads.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
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Monster Mingle App Poster Image
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age 3+
Make a monster and enjoy interactive free play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2018)
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Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee/Pikachu! Game Poster Image
age 9+
Updated role-playing classic is fun, if a bit too easy.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2018)
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Fangsgiving Book Poster Image
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age 3+
Vampire learns the meaning of family in funny holiday tale.
By Ethan Long
(2018)
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The House in Poplar Wood Book Poster Image
age 9+
Teens bond, match wits with Death in riveting tale.
By K.E. Ormsbee
(2018)
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Esme & Roy TV Poster Image
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age 3+
Caring friends help cute kid monsters conquer challenges.
Network: HBO
(2018)
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Nightbooks Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Witch holds kids captive in creepy but sweet fantasy tale.
By J.A. White
(2018)
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Celebrity Animal Encounters TV Poster Image
age 9+
Animated retellings have broad appeal but some iffy stuff.
Network: Animal Planet
(2018)
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