ALSC announces inaugural Notable Children’s Digital Media list

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/24/2018


Courtney Jones

Awards Coordinator


American Library Association


CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the Notable Children's Digital Media committee, formerly the Great Websites committee, is excited to announce its inaugural list of great digital media for children.

To highlight the shift in media focus the committee has concentrated on apps for this year’s selections. Future lists will include a diverse array of digital media for children up to age 14, including websites and video streaming. The 2018 Notable Children’s Digital Media committee has selected 15 apps that span diverse subjects from mindfulness to math. These apps introduce rich topics and engaging activities and provide a platform for play and imagination.

“The Notable Children’s Digital Media committee has excitedly embraced the expansion of our mission to include the evaluation of any high-quality, interactive media content or product that is available via digital device, that enables and encourages active joint media engagement while informing, educating, and/or entertaining in a developmentally appropriate way,” said committee co-Chair Alia Shields. “In an effort to maximize the accessibility of our list, for this first rendition of the committee, we focused our efforts on evaluating free or very low-cost apps across multiple platforms, resulting in a list of fifteen apps of commendable quality.”

“We congratulate the Notable Children’s Digital Media committee on this excellent list,” said Andrew Medlar, chair of the ALSC Digital Media Awards Implementation Task Force. “It will support adults in guiding young people to digital content that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction in the most developmentally appropriate way.”

The media selected include:

ABC Kids-Tracing and Phonics. Android. Toddler /PreK.

Breathe, Think and Do with Sesame. iOS/Android. Toddler-K.

Daniel Tiger for Parents. iOS/Android. Toddler/PreK.

Dr. Panda Train (and all other Dr. Panda apps). Android. PreK.

Martha Speaks Word Spinner. iOS/Android. PreK, Elementary.

Moose Math. iOS/Android. PreK, Elementary.

PBS Kids Games. iOS/Android. PreK, Elementary.

PBS Parents Play & Learn. iOS/Android/Kindle Fire. PreK.

PBS Kids Scratch Jr. iOS/Android. Elementary.

Sago Mini Forest Flyer. iOS/Android. Toddler/PreK.

Stop, Breathe & Think Kids. iOS/Android/Web. PreK, Elementary, Middle School,Parent/Teacher/Caregiver.

Sushi Monster. iOS/Android. Elementary.

Tales Untold. iOS. PreK, Elementary.

Todo Math. iOS/Android. PreK, Elementary.

Toontastic 3D. iOS/Android. Elementary, Middle School.

For an annotated 2018 list, visit the ALSC website. More information about all the children's notable media lists is available on the ALSC website.

ALSC, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit ALSC’s website.

Members of the 2018 Notable Children's Digital Media committee are: Marianne Martens, co-chair, Kent (Ohio) State University; Alia Shields, co-chair, Cherry Hill (New Jersey) Public Library; Alec Chunn, Eugene (Oregon) Public Library; Ariel Cummins, New Braunfels (Texas) Public Library; Renee Grassi, Dakota County Library, Eagan, Minnesota; Diane Janoff, Queens Library - Poppenhusen, College Point, New York; Beth Munk, Kendallville (Indiana) Public Library; Madeline Peña, Los Angeles Public Library; and Elizabeth Saxton, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.