2002 Notable Computer Software for Children announced

Contact: Laura Schulte-Cooper



For Immediate Release

January 2002

2002 Notable Computer Software for Children announced

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2002 list of Notable Computer Software for Children. The notables recognize high-quality computer programs for children 14 years of age and younger.

The selected software products are:

Disney's Magic Artist Deluxe by Disney Interactive

Ages 5 up. With the computer screen as your canvas, icons of innumerable artists' tools and a palette filled with thousands of colors, imagination is all you add for hours of drawing fun. Choose an inspiring musical background and draw, save and paint.

Graph Master by Tom Snyder Productions

Ages 9-14. Choose a type of graph - bar, pie, line, scatterplot or pictographs - add new data or use an existing one to create a graph for reports and presentations.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by Electronic Arts

Ages 8 up. Enter the world of Harry Potter and the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Meet characters from the book, play quidditch and try a hand at battling the evil creatures that lurk everywhere. Muggles of all ages will enjoy stepping into Harry Potter's shoes…even for just awhile.

I Spy Treasure Hunt by Scholastic

Ages 5 up. A visit to a seaside resort begins an adventure, to Smuggler's Cove, that is high in excitement, while also developing the user's observation, memory and logic skills. Riddles and clues lead to the pieces of three different treasure maps. And treasure maps, of course, point the way to the loot of legendary pirates.

Incredible Machine: Even More Contraptions by Sierra On-Line (Vivendi)

Ages 9 up. Whether solving any of the 250 puzzles or creating new devices, the brain is playfully challenged and stimulated by a variety of exciting activities. Developing skills in mechanics and problem solving, a child's imagination is unlimited in the creation of inventions.

Zoombinis Mountain Rescue by The Learning Company

Ages 8 up. Trapped in a cave, the Zoombinis must be rescued. Search parties are confronted with nine perilous obstacles. The concepts of the computer age, including binary computing skills and networks are the challenges that await the intrepid.

For more information about Notable Computer Software for Children, visit the
ALSC Web site.

Members of the 2002 Notable Software for Children Committee are: Leslie M. Molnar, chair, Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library; Julie Cohen, Berkshire Country Day School, Lenox, Mass.; Yapha Mason, Brentwood School, Los Angeles; Barbara Scotto, Brookline (Mass.) Public Schools; Carin A. Steger, Lawnton Elementary School, Harrisburg, Pa.; Jamie Lynn Watson, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore; and Bina Williams, Bridgeport (Conn.) Public Library.