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The little line App Poster Image
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age 5+
Sweet animated story of friendship uses kids' own drawings.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2020)
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The Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle Book Poster Image
age 5+
Princess-heroes team up to fight (and clean) stinky monster.
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale
(2019)
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Dragons: Rescue Riders TV Poster Image
age 5+
Cute adventure series brings dragon magic to younger crowd.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
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Where's Waldo? (2019) TV Poster Image
age 5+
Reboot of iconic puzzler teaches culture, problem solving.
Network: Universal Kids
(2019)
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Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures TV Poster Image
age 5+
Time-traveling host learns about creatures of the past.
Network: Xfinity
(2016)
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Andy's Dinosaur Adventures TV Poster Image
age 5+
Dinosaur adventures are fun but have some scary moments.
Network: Xfinity
(2014)
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Yasmin in Charge Book Poster Image
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age 5+
Problem-solving girl shares her culture in sweet stories.
By Saadia Faruqi
(2019)
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Rooftops Interactive Book App Poster Image
age 5+
Heavy-handed screen time message with a magical resolution.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
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PuppetMaster App Poster Image
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age 5+
Create puppets, craft stories, co-play with cool tools.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2019)
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Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy TV Poster Image
age 5+
Bot trainees learn teamwork, perseverance at rescue school.
Network: Discovery Family Channel
(2019)
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Elf Pets: Santa's St. Bernards Save Christmas TV Poster Image
age 5+
Heartwarming tale emphasizes compassion, generosity.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2018)
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Hungry Dragon App Poster Image
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age 5+
"Eat 'em up" game easy to learn, but very shallow play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2018)
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The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare Book Poster Image
age 5+
Princesses learn to be heroes in fun science fair romp.
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale
(2018)
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Lego DC Super Heroes Chase App Poster Image
age 5+
Fun, bite-sized superhero race for justice.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows app
(2018)
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Missy Mila Twisted Tales TV Poster Image
age 5+
Playful storytelling from an animated 8-year-old.
Network: YouTube
(2005)
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Little Big Awesome TV Poster Image
age 5+
Quirky, creative mixed-media series has broad appeal.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(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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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: The Classic Illustrated Storybook Book Poster Image
age 5+
Condensed telling of movie misses some of the magic.
By Kim Smith
(2017)
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The Magic School Bus Rides Again TV Poster Image
age 5+
Great reboot encourages curiosity about science and nature.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
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The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate Book Poster Image
age 5+
Princesses team up to fight sneaky monster in funny romp.
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale
(2017)
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