All Reviews

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AGE
4
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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)
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AGE
13
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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)
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AGE
13
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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)
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AGE
4
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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)
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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)
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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)
Editors' pick
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Explore the vast human body with outstanding anatomy tool.
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URL: https://www.biodigitalhuman.com
(2014)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
This top-notch educational video teaches kids vital safety information in a fun, age-appropriate manner. Parents can follow up with games and discussions of their own.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Procreate isn't just an app to use on the go; it's simply impressive enough to take the place of many desktop programs. Thanks to the customization function the brush options are limitless, but an impressive arsenal is also included.
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Devices: iPad
(2013)
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AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Kids can learn another language with this excellent, interactive program that includes self-guided lessons, progress tracking, and real-world projects for applying new skills.
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URL: http://duolingo.com/
(2013)
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AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
This addition to the plants-as-warriors franchise is just as charming as the original game -- and brainier.
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Platforms: Facebook
(2013)
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AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Sketchbook Pro is a serious digital art tool not to be mistaken for the many simple drawing apps available. It is an excellent, professional-caliber tool designed by Autodesk, developers with a history of well-regarded apps for designers, engineers, and architects. 
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Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Elmo is at his charming best as he encourages young kids to explore numbers.
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Devices: iPad
(2013)
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AGE
13
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LEARNING
Empowering sim explores women's issues and activism.
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Platforms: Facebook
(2013)
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AGE
4
QUALITY
 
This insightful tool for building empathy and helping kids understand friendship will appeal to kids.
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On DVD/Streaming
(2013)
Editors' pick
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Built from the ground up to use Kinect, this dance game delivers the beat for solo or group play while teaching players how to perform famous dances from the past 40 years.
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Platforms: Xbox 360
(2012)
Editors' pick
AGE
13
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Thought-provoking documentary shines a light on homelessness and immigration in the U.S. through the eyes of a teen girl.
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Network: MTV
(2012)
Editors' pick
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Appealing characters, engaging art, and solid writing advice make this a fantastic choice for imaginative young readers.
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By Tad Hills
(2012)

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