Experts and References

There are so many wonderful experts helping parents sort through kids' media.

Our team researches the resources listed below - and others - as we learn about more quality, kids' oriented review teams - and works to get these resources all in one spot so you can have a "One-Stop-Shop" for kids' media.

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These experts do amazing work.

Please visit their sites, support their efforts and help them keep making great recommendations for families so we all can help better media - get made - for our kids.

 

 

All Media Formats

 

Common Sense Media

CommonSense Media is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

 

Greater Good Science Center

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives.

 

Parents’ Choice

Designed to help parents and caregivers of all achievements and backgrounds make informed decisions about which new products are right for their children, the Parents' Choice Awards is the nation's oldest nonprofit program created to recognize quality children's media. The Parents' Choice Awards program honors the best material for children: books, toys, music and storytelling, magazines, software, videogames, television and websites. Parents' Choice Foundation's panels of educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents and, yes, kids themselves, identify the very best products for children of different ages and backgrounds, and of varied skill and interest levels.

 

People’s Choice

PeoplesChoice.com is a year-round entertainment destination dedicated to covering the biggest stories in movies, music, TV, and style. 

 

Parent’s Magazine 

We're here to help moms and dads raise happy, healthy kids - and have some A LOT of fun along the way. We also happen to be the online home of ParentsFamilyFunAmerican Baby, and Parents Latina magazines.

 

Movies + TV Shows

Kids In Mind

The purpose of kids-in-mind.com is to provide parents and other adults with objective and complete information about a film's content so that they can decide, based on their own value system, whether they should watch a movie with or without their kids. Visit their site to learn more about theirmethodology

 

Movie Guide 

MOVIEGUIDE® was founded in 1985 by Dr. Ted Baehr in Atlanta, GA. We started as a radio program, then a TV program and finally as a bi-weekly magazine. Even though the struggles of the ministry in the beginning seemed insurmountable, we now have TV and radio shows that are broadcasted in over 200 countries and a website filled with resources including movie reviews and articles. Located just outside of Los Angeles CA., MOVIEGUIDE®’s mission is to redeem the values of the entertainment industry, according to biblical principles, by influencing industry executives and artists. MOVIEGUIDE® reviews all movies from a Christian perspective and how movies affect children at different stages of cognitive development. We analyze movies using over 150 different criteria that cover the dramatic elements, the literary, the worldview, and the theological…and much more.

 

IMDB Critic’s Choice 

IMDb is the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content. The IMDb consumer site (www.imdb.com) is the #1 movie website in the world with a combined web and mobile audience of more than 250 million unique monthly visitors.

 

Apps

 

Balefire Labs 

We are committed to doing our part to improve children's education by guiding parents and educators in navigating the confusing world of educational apps. We believe that high quality instructional apps can help children learn and develop usable skills that they will need as they grow into adults. We exist because we think that parents and educators should have access to a non-biased, objective source of product reviews so that they have the information they need to choose products that best build children's skills.

 

Tech With Kids

Tech with Kids is a digital magazine that reviews children's media products, including apps, games, websites, and tech toys. All products are tested by our professional reviewers and, when appropriate, played by kids. Products receive a star rating from 1 to 5. We bestow our BEST PICK Award to the top products that we review.

Our mission is to be a valuable resource for parents, grandparents, teachers, and child-care providers in finding the best tech to use with kids. It is not our intent to write reviews of all kid tech products released. While we look at and play thousands of products in a year, we only post reviews of those products we think are good for kids or are getting significant buzz so that our negative review will help you make a decision.

We don't accept any remuneration for reviewing products and app developers cannot buy their way to the top of our reviewing queue. Tech with Kids also hosts an annual conference in San Francisco for app developers called Developing Apps for Kids.

 

Children’s Technology Review 

Since 1993, we’ve worked toward one  goal: “to provide complete and objective reviews of children’s interactive media products.” Today, we have CTREX, our capstone project. It’s only taken 21 years! 

 

Books

GoodReads 

GoodReads runs a reader driven awards program called Goodreads Choice Awards. GoodReads highlights it as the only major book awards decided by readers. 

 

Carnegie Award

The Andrew Carnegie Medal honors the most outstanding video productions for children released during the previous year. See more about the Carnegie Medal process on ALSC. 

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children.  From creative programming and best practices to continuing education and professional connections—ALSC members are innovators in the field of children's library service.

ALSC's network includes more than 4,000 children's and youth librarians, children's literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults dedicated to creating a better future for children through libraries.

 

Book List Editor’s Choice

The American Library Association, of which Booklist Online is a part, juries some of the most highly regarded book and media awards and honors in the world. Follow the links below to see the most current winners; individual books and media are linked to theBooklist reviews when available. Booklist Online subscribers can view archived awards to 1992 and can also limit advanced searches by award winners.

 

Carnegie

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction are made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York on the occasion of the foundation’s centennial and in recognition of Andrew Carnegie's deep belief in the power of books and learning to change the world.

 

Newbery

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year. On June 22, 1921, Frederic G. Melcher proposed the award to the American Library Association meeting of the Children's Librarians' Section and suggested that it be named for the eighteenth-century English bookseller John Newbery. The idea was enthusiastically accepted by the children's librarians, and Melcher's official proposal was approved by the ALA Executive Board in 1922. In Melcher's formal agreement with the board, the purpose of the Newbery Medal was stated as follows: "To encourage original creative work in the field of books for children. To emphasize to the public that contributions to the literature for children deserve similar recognition to poetry, plays, or novels. To give those librarians, who make it their life work to serve children's reading interests, an opportunity to encourage good writing in this field."

The Newbery Award thus became the first children's book award in the world. Its terms, as well as its long history, continue to make it the best known and most discussed children's book award in this country.

 

Caldecott 

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. 

 

Notable

Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books, recordings, and videos. Use the links below or on the menu at the left to access current and past children's notable lists, learn about the submission process, and access the current selection committee rosters.