Digital Media Resources

 
Welcome to ALSC's Digital Media Resources page.  This collection is a go-to list for children’s librarians navigating their way through the evolving digital landscape. Discover current articles, blog posts, and websites about iPads, tablets, eBooks, apps and more. The articles are categorized by the following topics: All Things Digital, eBooks, Tablets & Apps, and Early Literacy.
 
Do you have eBooks in your library?  Are you thinking about starting a library program with tablets? Curious about what’s happening in the digital world and libraries?  What makes a good app for young children? This webpage offers the latest tech news impacting the youth services field. Please visit us often.  We hope to encourage a healthy dialogue around these topics, and to continually grow the site with new materials and your recommendations.  
 
Thank you, 
ALSC Children and Techonolgy Committee
 

Websites 

 
Abriendo Puertas Opening Doors
Developed by and for Latino parents with children ages 0-5.  Includes tips for children and technology, family apps, videos, and additional resources.
 
Cool Mom Tech Kirkus Reviews
Cool Mom Tech is the intersection of tech and style, of parenting, practicality, and fabulosity. Resources include resources for kids, best apps, online safety tips, digital parenting guide, and more.
 
The Digital Shift
The latest news about e-content issues from Library Journal and School Library Journal.
 
Fred Rogers Center
The work of the Fred Rogers Center resonates with Fred’s own belief in the positive potential of television and new media for supporting the healthy social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of young children.
 
The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop: Advancing Children’s Learning in a Digital Age
The mission of the Cooney Center is to advance children’s learning through digital media.
 
Little eLit:  Young Children, New Media and Libraries
Little eLit is a collaborative think tank of professionals thinking about the topic of young children, new media, and libraries.
 
NPR-All Tech Considered stories
All Tech Considered explores how technology is changing culture and connection.
 
Ocean House Media, Inc.
Oceanhouse Media, Inc. is a leading publisher of more than 315 apps. Favorites include Dr. Seuss, Fancy Nancy, Tacky the Penguin, and Byron Barton’s book apps.
 
Common Sense Media
Since 2003, Common Sense has been the leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools. Every day, millions of parents and educators trust Common Sense reviews and advice to help them navigate the digital world with their kids.
 
Reading Rockets Educational apps
A collection of fun and educational apps that also provide practice with the essential literacy skills.
 
School Library Journal
Features stories and resources on technology.
 
The Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award is given to a digital media producer that has created distinguished digital media for an early learning audience.

Articles 

All Things Digital 

 
Handheld screen time linked with speech delays in young children  (American Academy of Pediatrics News | May 4, 2017)
 
 
Mobile technology and child and adolescent development (Science News Abstract with link to article |May 30, 2017)
Includes articles from national and international scholars on the complicated impact mobile technology has on infants, toddlers, children, teens and parents.
 
 

Tablets and Apps 

 
Company producing podcasts for kids aimed at the tween audience.
 
Infographic: Tips to help children refocus on reading, The Digital Reader blog, April 17, 2014
 
A grassroots organization that advocates for high quality children's audio podcasts. Features links to member sites and children's podcasts.
 
Learning: Is There an App for That? by Cynthia Chiong and Carly Shuler
 
Zooglobble
Review site of children's music and podcasts
 

Ebooks 

Kids' ebook reading nearly doubled since 2010, Scholastic reading survey finds
 
ILA Report: Digital Literacy is Hot; Access to Books and Content is Not - SLJ, January 19, 2107 (Article)
 
ReadersFirst Guide to Library E-Book Vendors:  Giving librarians the knowledge to be more effective e-book providers, January 2014
 
The Abomination of Ebooks: They Price People Out of Reading by Art Brodsky, October 2, 2013 
 
2015 Ebook Usage Report for U.S.  School (K-12) Libraries
 
Providing eReaders and e-books to children around the world. 
 

Early Literacy 

Growing Young Minds
 
Media and Children Communication Toolkit from the American Academy of Pediatrics
 
Nurturing Young Readers
 
How to Bring Early Learning and Family Engagement into the Digital Age
 
W.H.O. Says Limited or No Screen Time for Children Under 5 (New York Times, 2019)
 
Technology and Interactive Media for Young Children