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

Kiss the Future Movie Poster: Kiss the Future logo on top of black and white still images from Sarajevo
MOVIE

Kiss the Future

age 14+

Docu about power of music has language, intense war footage.

In Theaters (Release Year: 2024)
Avatar: The Last Airbender TV show poster: Aang walks into the sunset
TV

Avatar: The Last Airbender

age 11+

Vibrant, intense live-action adventure tale has violence.

Network: Netflix (2024)
Chinese dad wearing a yarmulke and Jewish mom wearing a head scarf stand with their kids surrounded by symbols of the New Year holiday in both cultures
BOOK

Two New Years

age 4+

Fun bicultural tale of Chinese and Jewish New Year holidays.

By: Richard Ho (2023)
Bea's Block TV: Block friends Bea, Lexie and Ty stand in a line outside the treehouse that hosts the Kindness Club.
TV

Bea's Block

age 2+

Neighborly kindness, empathy shine in fab preschool series.

Network: Max (2024)
Eagle Drums book cover: Drawing of a golden eagle, kid on his back with an Indigenous man's profile in the background
BOOK

Eagle Drums

age 8+

Magical, harrowing, heart-filled Alaska origin story.

Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin TV Show Poster: Franklin, a Black boy cartoon character, stands smiling holding a suitcase
TV

Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin

age 4+

Charming Peanuts special about friendship and fitting in.

Network: Apple TV+ (2024)
Dee & Friends in Oz TV show poster: Dee stands on rainbow brick road with friends Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion in front of school castle.
TV

Dee & Friends in Oz

age 2+

Vibrant musical encourages kids to be their best selves.

Network: Netflix (2024)
The Space Race movie poster: Black astronaut and spaceship illustration in foreground, lit moon and dark sky in background, and film's title The Space Race and other credits in light green and white letters
MOVIE

The Space Race

age 11+

Documentary about Black astronauts has language, peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2024)
Peppa's Cinema Party movie poster: Two children with their hands in the hair along with some cartoon characters from the movie
MOVIE

Peppa's Cinema Party

age 3+

Celeb guest voices, positive messages in episode collection.

In Theaters (Release Year: 2024)
Lyla in the Loop poster: Lyla stands in front of her apartment building next to Stu, wearing a yellow hoodie while smiling.
TV

Lyla in the Loop

age 5+

Funny, inventive animated show spotlights creative thinking.

Network: PBS Kids (2024)
Kings From Queens: The Run DMC Story poster: The members of Run DMC are featured in a black and white poster.
TV

Kings From Queens: The Run DMC Story

age 15+

Rap docuseries includes courage, perseverance, teamwork.

Network: Peacock (2024)
Chasing Flavor TV show poster: Chef Carla Hall is shown walking in front of a brightly animated illustration of a global city with the title "Chasing Flavor" above her.
TV

Chasing Flavor

age 8+

Bite-sized lessons on U.S. food's multicultural influences.

Network: Max (2024)
Restart book cover: Taped-together pair of broken glasses on orange cover
BOOK

Restart

age 9+

Wacky middle school tale of bullies, amnesia, redemption.

By: Gordon Korman (2017)
Consent (for Kids!) book cover: Smiling stick figure wearing a golden crown and cape
BOOK

Consent (for Kids!): Boundaries, Respect, and Being in Charge of YOU

age 5+

Outstandingly clear, humorous talk of consent, boundaries.

By: Rachel Brian (2020)
Orion and the Dark movie poster: Animated nighttime characters.
MOVIE

Orion and the Dark

age 8+

Child faces fears in book-based fantasy; peril, scares.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2024)
Choir TV Show: Black teenagers from the Detroit Youth Choir sing on stage
TV

Choir

age 8+

Uplifting docuseries hits all the high notes; mild language.

Network: Disney+ (2024)
How Do You Spell Unfair book cover: Black schoolgirl in a white dress stands at a microphone on a stage with red curtains behind her
BOOK

How Do You Spell Unfair?: MacNolia Cox and the National Spelling Bee

age 7+

Inspiring tale of Black speller's triumph despite racism.

In Every Life book cover: Small figures of a mom with stroller and a child walking toward an older man in perhaps a park as yellow sun beams shine down on them
BOOK

In Every Life

age 3+

Joyful, thoughtful look at the range of human experience.

By: Marla Frazee (2023)
The Tiger's Apprentice movie poster: a boy sits with a tigers face hovering behind him
MOVIE

The Tiger's Apprentice

age 8+

Magical book-based animated adventure has peril, violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2024)