The Notable Children’s Digital Media list includes real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content for children 14 years of age and younger that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while informing, educating, and entertaining in exemplary ways. This list represents the titles selected by the committee for the first half of 2021, and will include titles added in early 2022.
To find out about more great digital media for children, visit the page for ALSC's Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award.
Civics! An American Musical. Elementary, Middle School. Teacher.
Civics! A Hollywood Musical is a game created by Fablevision, an educational website aimed at classrooms to teach research methods. Civics! allows an educator to select one of four American history topics, then students learn how to conduct research by assisting various theater employees in selecting correct primary sources, studying each resource carefully, then offering observations and reflections. The result: a musical, complete with a song, costumes, and reviews. Available in English.
Duolingo ABC: Learn to Read. iOS, Android. PreK, Elementary. Parent/Teacher/Caregiver.
Duolingo ABC: Learn to Read is a free app designed to help beginning readers explore the alphabet and build early literacy skills. The app’s games focus on letter recognition, writing skills, and comprehension skills. High-quality graphics and user-friendly gameplay make this app a fun and engaging way to learn the alphabet. Available in English
Google Arts and Culture. iOS, Android, website. Elementary, Middle School. Parent/Teacher/Caregiver.
Google Arts & Culture is a comprehensive high-quality resource of primary source materials for families, students and teachers. The website, and it's companion app, allow for the exploration of a wide range of content from over 2000 museums and archives across 80 countries. Music, art and culture from around the world is accessible through interactive exhibits, tours, and games. Enjoy a wide range of activities in 3D, augmented and virtual reality. Available in English.
Grasshopper: Learn to Code for Free. iOS, Android. PreK, Elementary, Middle School. Parent/Teacher/Caregiver.
Seek by iNaturalist. iOS, Android, website. PreK, Elementary, Middle School. Parent/Teacher/Caregiver.
Seek by iNaturalist is a free, family-friendly nature identification and exploration app. Children and families will learn about commonly recorded species in their area and can use the Seek Camera to identify organisms themselves. With earnable badges and monthly observation challenges, this app encourages everyone to get outside and learn! Available in English.
Sesame Street Family Play: Caring for Each Other. iOS, Android, Amazon. PreK, Elementary. Parent/Teacher/Caregiver. Sesame Street Family Play: Caring for Each Other is a free app which guides parents and caregivers through suggested games and songs to keep kids entertained and learning while offline. Users choose from activities by location in a home or outside within three categories: Keep Busy, Move Your Body, or Calm Down. Available in English and Spanish.
Smithsonian Fun Stuff for Kids and Teens. Elementary, Middle School. Parent/Teacher/Caregiver.
Smithsonian's Fun Stuff for Kids and Teens is a curated collection of interactive activities, games, and exhibits. Discover and explore art, history, culture, nature and science with many of the Smithsonian's museums: meet the Zoo's animals, create with the Learning Lab, bring a treasured object "home" through the wonders of augmented reality, and play and learn through games from the Smithsonian Science Education Center.
Tinybop: The Human Body. iOS, Android. PreK, Elementary, Middle School. Parent/Teacher/Caregiver.
The Human Body by Tinybop supports children’s curiosity in how the human body works. In this interactive app, children will discover how hearing works, how food travels through the intestines, and how the eye sees when they dive into the skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, and digestive systems with seven interactive, animated, layered models. To learn how to play, Tinybop website offers instructions and ideas on how to use this app effectively, or you can download the free handbook within the app. Available in multiple languages.
Wonder Woollies: Play World. iOS, Android, Amazon. PreK
Wonder Woollies Play World is carefully designed for the youngest audience. Allowing for multi-touch play, children and caregivers can explore the beautifully crafted world together, exploring different tools and interactive content. Of note are the beautiful, hand-made graphic elements which give this game a unique visual quality that stands in stark contrast to other games with bright, possibly overstimulating colors. With no points or pre-set goals, this wordless, open-ended world allows children to independently direct how they want to play, and to pursue their own interests and curiosities. Directions available in multiple languages including English.
Zigazoo. iOS, Android. Elementary, Middle School. Parent/Teacher/Caregiver.
Zigazoo is a free, safety-focused social streaming app for kids. Top brands, libraries, museums and other children offer many different prompts for kids to respond to in video format. A fun, safe way for kids to experience healthy online relationships in an appropriate social media-type platform. Available in English.
Members of the 2022 Notable Children's Digital Media Committee are: Robin J. Howe, co-chair, King County (Washington) Library System; Brittany A. Tavernaro, co-chair, Willowbrook Elementary School, Bentonville, Arkansas; Tabatha M. Anderson, Helen Plum Public Library, Lombard, IL; Louise A. Capizzo, Scarborough (Maine) Public Library; Maria Dietrich, Oak Creek (Wisconsin) Public Library; Annesley E. Gersztoff, Capital Region (New York) BOCES School Library System; Richard Izzo, Lincolnwood (Illinois) Public Library; Kimberly Anne White, Broward County (Florida) Libraries.