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All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom Book Poster Image
age 6+
Sensitive imagining of day slaves learned they were free.
By Angela Johnson
(2014)
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Oggy and the Cockroaches TV Poster Image
age 6+
Slapstick cartoon offers little more than comic violence.
Network: Online
(1998)
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Garfield - Living Large! App Poster Image
age 6+
Appeasing grumpy cat is fun, but expect in-app purchases.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
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The Monuments Men Movie Poster Image
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age 15+
Fact-based adventure with a few bloody battle scenes.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Puppy Doctor App Poster Image
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age 6+
Kids care for cute puppies; in-app purchases almost a must.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
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The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure Book Poster Image
age 6+
Lots of laughs on the farm in fun, silly chicken tale.
By Doreen Cronin
(2014)
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Philomena Movie Poster Image
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age 15+
Smart, wrenching, deeply moving drama fine for older teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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The Dog Who Saved Easter Movie Poster Image
age 6+
Predictable holiday sequel is silly fun; some potty humor.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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Turn: Washington's Spies TV Poster Image
age 15+
Historical series doesn't downplay war's graphic realities.
Network: AMC
(2014)
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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Movie Poster Image
age 15+
Nelson Mandela deserves a great movie. This isn't it.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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12 Years a Slave Movie Poster Image
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age 15+
Imperfect but must-see epic drama with major cruelty.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week App Poster Image
age 6+
Wide variety of topics makes for fun, engrossing short vids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2014)
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Pet Bingo - by Duck Duck Moose App Poster Image
age 6+
Lively math and solid strategies from addition to division.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2014)
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The Fifth Estate Movie Poster Image
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age 15+
Confusing WikiLeaks docudrama mostly avoids iffy content.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything Book Poster Image
age 6+
Lively, frank portrait of Jefferson, flaws and all.
By Maira Kalman
(2014)
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Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X Book Poster Image
age 6+
Malcolm X's daughter portrays his childhood in earnest bio.
By Ilyasah Shabazz
(2014)
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The Sound of Music Live! Movie Poster Image
age 6+
Telecast of classic has same great music, not as much magic.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Winnie Mandela Movie Poster Image
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age 15+
Biopic is well acted but uneven and violent.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Lego Friends Game Poster Image
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age 6+
Girl-focused Lego game filled with fun, safe activities.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2013)
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Lucky Dog TV Poster Image
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age 6+
Animal rehabilitation tales are inspiring for families.
Network: CBS
(2013)
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