Digital Media Resources

ALSC Digital Media ResourcesWelcome 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 Digital Content Task Force


ALA eBook Toolkit
Advocacy resources from the ALA Digital Content Working Group.
Abreindo Puertas Opening Doors
Developed by and for Latino parents with children ages 0 -5, the website includes a resources page with recommendations such as: apps for the family (Apps en familia) and children & technology.
Cool Mom Tech Kirkus Reviews
Cool Mom Tech is the intersection of tech and style, of parenting, practicality and fabulosity.
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.
A free online learning tool that includes basic computer skills, internet safety tips, reading activities and more.  For all ages.
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.
PBS Mediashift
From PBS comes MEDIASHIFT your guide to the digital media revolution.
Reading Rockets Educational apps
A collection of fun and educational apps that also provide practice with the essential literacy skills.
School Library Journal Touch and Go
Touch and Go is now a bi-weekly column published in School Library Journal’s Extra Helping e-newsletter.
Smart Apps for Kids
The best source for info on the best apps and freebies for the iPad and iPhone.


All Things Digital 

The Bowker Survey - Understanding Today’s Children’s Book Consumers.  Book Expo America 2013, Children's Presentation
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 

Partnership between Madison Public Library and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, this podcast features interviews and reviews of apps. The site also includes a list of recommended apps to use with kids.
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
Review site of children's music and podcasts


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
Pioneering Literacy: In the Digital Wild West: Empowering Parents and Educators
Screening-Out: What are parents doing to limit screen time for young children (2014, Science Daily)
Children’s Librarians as Digital Media Mentors: April 14, 2014