Common Sense Selections

Common Sense recognizes outstanding entertainment with an official seal for quality and impact. Common Sense Selections include age-appropriate media with the potential to spark family conversations, entertain families of all kinds, and have a positive, lasting effect on society.

Recent Honorees

Choosing Brave book cover: Mamie Till-Mobley at mic with crowd in background.
BOOK

Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement

age 7+

Emotional story of mom's fight to have her son remembered.

By: Angela Joy (2022)
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Mahokenshi cover features the four playable characters representing a different clan.
GAME

Mahokenshi

age 13+

Strategy card battler is a perfect mix of challenge and fun.

Platforms: Windows (2023)
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Asian boy reading book on "Gibberish" book cover
BOOK

Gibberish

age 5+

Fun look at an immigrant's experience of a new language.

By: Young Vo (2022)
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Shape Island TV Poster: Circle, Square and Triangle are on a beach with a colorful sunset, each holding a donut and a coffee mug
TV

Shape Island

age 3+

Book-based show offers funny, realistic adventures.

Network: Apple TV+ (2023)
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My Selma book cover: Portrait of author Willie Mae Brown as a 12-year-old
BOOK

My Selma: True Stories of a Southern Childhood at the Height of the Civil Rights Movement

age 12+

Must-read memoir of the segregated South in the 1960s.

By: Willie Mae Brown (2023)
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little owl in armor holding a spear, standing atop a castle, with bright moon behind him
BOOK

Knight Owl

age 4+

Adorable owl befriends dragon in outstanding fantasy tale.

By: Christopher Denise (2022)
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BOOK

The Stolen Heir: A Novel of Elfhame: The Stolen Heir, Book 1

age 14+

Faerie queen in exile plots revenge in captivating fantasy.

By: Holly Black (2023)
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BOOK

The Kindest Red: The Proudest Blue, Book 2

age 4+

Kindness saves picture day in sweet, affirming sequel.

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Black teen girl with magic wand and swirls of glitter
BOOK

A Taste of Magic

age 8+

Novice witch learns to control her magic in funny novel.

By: J. Elle (2022)
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TV

SuperKitties

age 3+

Purr-fectly cute superheroes model social-emotional skills.

Network: Disney Junior, Disney+ (2023)
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TV

Live to Lead

age 11+

Cinematic docuseries on change makers covers mature topics.

Network: Netflix (2022)
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BOOK

Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Club: Roll Call: Dungeon Club, Book 1

age 10+

Strong theme of friendship in fun and positive adventure.

By: Molly Knox Ostertag (2022)
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BOOK

Call Him Jack: The Story of Jackie Robinson, Black Freedom Fighter

age 10+

Inspiring biography of the sports and civil rights pioneer.

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Ice Cream Man: How Augustus Jackson Made a Sweet Treat Better cover.
BOOK

Ice Cream Man: How Augustus Jackson Made a Sweet Treat Better

age 5+

Sweet picture book about the inventor of modern ice cream.

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A blue dragon with a fiery black and red head spirals around the title.
BOOK

Song of Silver, Flame Like Night

age 13+

Vivid fantasy series off to an intriguing start.

By: Amelie Wen Zhao (2023)
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Book cover: I Am John Lewis
BOOK

I Am John Lewis: Ordinary People Change the World

age 6+

Kid-friendly intro to civil rights leader and congressman.

By: Brad Meltzer (2023)
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Kangaroo Valley Movie
MOVIE

Kangaroo Valley

age 6+

Absorbing kangaroo docu has peril, predator chases.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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BOOK

A Very Mercy Christmas

age 4+

Sweet story about a Christmas caroling pig and her friends.

By: Kate DiCamillo (2022)
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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse TV Poster Image
MOVIE

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

age 5+

Stunning, thoughtful book adaptation celebrates friendship.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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BOOK

Your Pal Fred

age 7+

Hilarious adventures of a polite robot.

By: Michael Rex (2022)
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