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Gabby Duran & the Unsittables TV Poster Image
age 6+
So-so books-inspired comedy mines laughs from alien hijinks.
Network: Disney Channel
(2019)
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Little Red Coding Club App Poster Image
age 6+
Super simple story-based coding puzzles bogged down by AR.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
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Nya's Long Walk: A Step at a Time Book Poster Image
age 6+
Touching tale explores perseverance, clean water access.
By Linda Sue Park
(2019)
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Rivet: Better Reading Practice App Poster Image
age 6+
Free digital library offers a lot, but not all the best.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2019)
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There's Something About Sweetie Book Poster Image
age 12+
It's what's on the inside that matters in sweet romcom.
By Sandhya Menon
(2019)
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Thomas & Friends: Adventures! App Poster Image
age 6+
Thomas' educational world tour gets derailed by a pay wall.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2019)
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White Rose Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Intense, inspiring story of students who defied the Nazis.
By Kip Wilson
(2019)
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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Movie Poster Image
age 12+
Intense, over-full sequel has lots of wizarding violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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Darius the Great Is Not Okay Book Poster Image
age 12+
Unforgettable, heartwarming story of friendship and family.
By Adib Khorram
(2018)
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Vanity Fair TV Poster Image
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age 12+
Bland literary adaptation even dulls edgy protagonist.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2018)
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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein Book Poster Image
age 12+
Clever retelling of horror classic from female perspective.
By Kiersten White
(2018)
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Hilda TV Poster Image
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age 6+
Whimsical books-based show celebrates adventure, friendship.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
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Bat Pat TV Poster Image
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age 6+
Animated book adaptation is colorful, goofy, a bit spooky.
Network: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Comcast Kid Central
(2015)
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The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants TV Poster Image
age 6+
Pervasive potty humor, pranks in books-inspired series.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
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Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots Book Poster Image
age 12+
Vibrant novel in verse shows anti-Latino racism in '40s L.A.
By Margarita Engle
(2018)
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The Swap Movie Poster Image
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age 6+
Predictable body-switching comedy has positive messages.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2016)
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Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam Book Poster Image
age 12+
Powerful, intimate must-read account of the Vietnam War.
By Elizabeth Partridge
(2018)
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Goosebumps HorrorTown App Poster Image
age 12+
Quirky but repetitive creepshow sim has heavy consumer push.
Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
(2018)
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Nils Holgersson TV Poster Image
age 6+
Tiny hero's adventures teach him to see new perspectives.
Network: Comcast
(2017)
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Paddington 2 Movie Poster Image
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age 6+
Charming, heartfelt sequel entertains, inspires compassion.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2018)
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