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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Features themes that promote social-emotional learning, such as mindfulness and learning from our mistakes -- and each episode includes links to spin-off STEAM project videos kids can make after watching the main story.
The characters tackle problem-solving with a positive attitude, creativity, and imagination.
Positive Role Models
The cast is racially diverse, with strong and clever female characters at the forefront.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Paper Girls Show is an animated YouTube series aimed at kids age 6 to 8, with stories that last about five to six minutes on average. It features tech-loving Caily and fashion-obsessed Reese, best friends who enjoy visiting their local used bookstore/makerspace and working on cool STEAM projects together. The creators also include links to companion videos teaching viewers how to make STEAM-inspired projects that relate somehow to each episode.
Is It Any Good?
This cute animated series features a diverse cast of brainy girls and offers up helpful lessons about turning mistakes into an opportunity for growth. The Paper Girls Show alternates between two animation styles: one an anime-inspired 2D look, and the other packed with texture and pattern that mimics the look of paper crafts and collage. Both are full of visual appeal. The episodes are pretty short, but if kids want to keep the fun going, they can check out the links in the show notes, which lead to origami and STEAM-inspired how-to videos based on each story. It's a unique approach that gives the series a bit more dimension and educational value than most, which any family can get behind.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.