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

White fluffy dog with kid with brown skin and curly hair with bird on shoulder and glowing feather, library shelves and squirrel in background
PODCAST

Henry's Library, A Podcast

age 5+

Empowering story pod centers STEM and love for reading.

Production company: What is Black (Average run time: 7 minutes)
The Spirit Glass book cover: Asian girl with green lizard on her shoulder center looks into a blue mirror and sees her reflection and a boy ghost staring back at her
BOOK

The Spirit Glass

age 10+

Magical, inventive adventure has ghosts, talks about death.

By: Roshani Chokshi (2023)
Something Like Home book cover: Girl with red frizzy ponytail snuggles with brown Puppy atop a hill above a city skyline filled with birds
BOOK

Something Like Home

age 10+

Girl faces new home with aunt in gripping novel in verse.

Young Love TV show poster: A family of five sits on the stoop in front of their house as the Chicago flag waves above them.
TV

Young Love

age 10+

Family comedy on love and flaws; some cursing, innuendoes.

Network: Max (2023)
Something, Someday book cover: A young Black boy, wearing a blue shirt, bends to the side as he uses a large red watering can to pour water on a small green plant against a bright yellow background
BOOK

Something, Someday

age 4+

One small act makes a huge impact in poetic picture book.

By: Amanda Gorman (2023)
The Mona Lisa Vanishes book cover: Large eyes of Mona Lisa above title; mustachioed man hiding Mona Lisa painting in his jacket below title
BOOK

The Mona Lisa Vanishes: A Legendary Painter, a Shocking Heist, and the Birth of a Global Celebrity

age 10+

Fun page-turner about famous painting has mystery & history.

By: Nicholas Day (2023)
She Persisted Pura Belpré book cover: Illustration of a portrait of Pura Belpré in a frame holding an armful of red books; the frame is being help up by three children with various skin tones
BOOK

She Persisted: Pura Belpré

age 6+

Inspiring bio of first Puerto Rican librarian in NYC.

By: Meg Medina (2023)
The Saint of Second Chances movie poster: Collage of scenes from the documentary, which include white baseballs, a white pig standing on a white base of a green baseball field, and Mike Veeck, the son of Bill Veeck, owner of the Chicago White Sox, faces the camera with his visually-impaired daughter Rebecca as she embraces him around the neck
MOVIE

The Saint of Second Chances

age 14+

Baseball family dynasty docu hits home run; language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2023)
Animals Up Close TV show poster: Collage with large image of Bertie Gregory at its center, surrounded by images of animals
TV

Animals Up Close with Bertie Gregory

age 8+

Optimistic host, great visuals in educational wildlife docu.

Network: Disney+ (2023)
What's Inside a Caterpillar Cocoon book cover: Digital illustrations of a large, colorful moth and cute green caterpillar
BOOK

What's Inside a Caterpillar Cocoon: And Other Questions About Moths & Butterflies

age 4+

Gorgeous, science-rich intro to butterflies and moths.

By: Rachel Ignotofsky (2023)
The Artivist book cover: Painted image of a young African American child with curly hair and brown skin holding a paint brush; after painting the book title in yellow paint
BOOK

The Artivist

age 4+

Exceptional illustrations inspire children to be activists.

By: Nikkolas Smith (2023)
LIFT Movie Poster: A male ballet dancer is mid jump, and a little girl dancer looks at him
MOVIE

LIFT

age 10+

Poignant, inspiring doc about shelter kids who learn ballet.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2023)
My First Day book cover: A boy stand-up paddling through a blue sky above lush multicolored waves
BOOK

My First Day

age 4+

Boy paddles down Mekong River in stunning journey to school.

A Horse Named Sky book cover: Brown spotted horse with white mane running across mountain meadow
BOOK

A Horse Named Sky

age 8+

Thrilling, info-rich tale of young mustang in Silver Rush.

By: Rosanne Parry (2023)
¡Vamos! Let's Go Read book cover: A cartoon cheetah, fox, chicken, and dog sit around a box outside of a library reading books
BOOK

¡Vamos! Let's Go Read!

age 4+

Colorful celebration of books has tons of Spanish vocab.

By: Raul the Third (2023)
Women of Marvel podcast logo, women superheroes in a collage style background.
PODCAST

Women of Marvel

age 9+

Empowering pod dives deep into women superheroes of Marvel.

Production company: Marvel Studios , SiriusXM (Average run time: 45 minutes)
Football Must Go On TV show poster: A collapsed cement structure with a football player with orange jacket painted on it.
TV

Football Must Go On

age 13+

Uplifting docuseries about soccer, war, and resilience.

Network: Paramount+ (2023)
I Will Read to You book cover: Little boy in an animal onesie reads a book with a crowd of friendly monsters behind him under a night sky
BOOK

I Will Read to You

age 4+

Kind boy reads to monsters in gently spooky nighttime tale.

By: Gideon Sterer (2023)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Movie Poster: The characters stand back to back in front of a field of stars
MOVIE

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

age 13+

Touching 1980s-set coming-of-age drama; language, violence.

In Theaters (Release Year: 2023)
When Moon Became the Moon book cover: Smiling white moon against a black sky
BOOK

When Moon Became the Moon

age 4+

Charming, friendly intro to the moon and its phases.

By: Rob Hodgson (2023)