Apps

All images taken from the iTunes App Store.

Note: all apps are meant to be downloaded/purchased on a library Apple device, so information is taken from the iTunes App store.

1. Title: Elmo Loves ABCs

Creator/Company: Sesame Street, 2017

Tagline: Learn about letters with Elmo!

Type/Subject: Education

Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Cost: $4.99 (free version available)

Age group: 4+

iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/elmo-loves-abcs/id426747278?mt=8

Summary: Children can learn the alphabet with Elmo! Activities include reading the alphabet, drawing the letters, finding objects, and listening to Elmo pronounce the letters.

2. Title: Epic! - Kids’ Books and Videos

Creator/Company: Epic! Creations Inc, 2017

Tagline: Reading and Learning for Kids

Type/Subject: Education

Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple TV.

Cost: Free for educators/librarians, $7.99/month for family subscription

Age group: 4+

iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/epic-kids-books-and-videos/id719219382?mt=8

Summary: Access over 35,000 children’s books and videos that you and your children can enjoy. Includes access to audiobooks and quizzes, and popular titles.

3. Title: LEGO® Life

Creator/Company: LEGO System A/S, 2019

Tagline: Share Builds with LEGO® fans!

Type/Subject: Entertainment

Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Cost: Free, but need an account

Age group: 8 - 12

iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lego-life/id1140466898?mt=8

Summary: Build fun Lego structures and share them with the Lego community! Watch videos and play with your friends. Make your own customizable avatar.

4. Title: PBS KIDS Video

Creator/Company: PBS Kids, 2019

Tagline: Safe Educational Videos & TV

Type/Subject: Education

Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple TV.

Cost: Free

Age group: 4+

iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pbs-kids-video/id435138734?mt=8

Summary: Catch up on your favorite PBS Kids shows, or watch the PBS channel live!

5. Title: Pokémon GO

Creator/Company: Niantic, Inc., 2018

Tagline: Discover Pokémon worldwide

Type/Subject: Games

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone® 5s / SE / 6 / 6s / 6 Plus / 6s Plus / 7 / 7 Plus / 8 / 8 Plus / X devices with iOS Version 10 installed.

Cost: Free

Age group: 9+

iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pok%C3%A9mon-go/id1094591345?mt=8

Summary: Catch Pokémon and meet new friends with this AR (augmented reality) app that gets you moving and playing outside! How many will you catch?

6. Title: Wonderscope

Creator/Company: Within Unlimited, Inc., 2018

Tagline: Read Interactive AR Kids Books

Type/Subject: Books

Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.0 or later.

Cost: $4.99 (free version available)

Age group: 4+

iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wonderscope/id1437417679?mt=8

Summary: Experience books like never before! With this AR app, you can see characters come to life and interact with them, making the story come alive.

 

 Audiobooks

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7. Title: Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry

Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Gregory Mone, Gabrielle de Cuir

Narrator: LeVar Burton

Genre: Nonfiction - Science

Publisher/Date: Blackstone Audio, Inc. (February 5, 2019)

Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins

Age group: 9 - 12

Summary: In this version adapted for young people, listeners can learn about the magnificent universe in which we live. How did the universe (probably) come to be? What is left for us to discover? Find out with this audiobook perfect for the family.

8. Title: Booked

Author: Kwame Alexander

Narrator: Kwame Alexander

Genre: Realistic/Contemporary (Poetry)

Publisher/Date: Recorded Books (April 6, 2016)

Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins

Age group: 9 - 12

Summary: Nick loves soccer, but that feels like the only thing going right for him. With his parents’ recent divorce and a bully bothering him, he feels helpless. But maybe his friends and a cool (but kinda dorky) rapper/school librarian can help him.

9. Title: Front Desk

Author: Kelly Yang

Narrator: Sunny Lu

Genre: Realistic/Contemporary

Publisher/Date: Listening Library (November 6, 2018)

Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins

Age group: 9 - 12

Summary: Mia Tang works (and lives) in a motel with her parents, and when the owner isn’t aware, they hide fellow immigrants in the rooms. What happens if someone finds out? Based on the author’s own life.

10. Title: George

Author: Alex Gino

Narrator: Jamie Clayton

Genre: Realistic/Contemporary

Publisher/Date: Scholastic Audio (September 1, 2015)

Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins

Age group: 9 - 12

Summary: George is a girl, even if no one else knows it. When she has an exciting chance to play Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web, her hopes are dashed when her teacher won’t let a “boy” play a girl’s part. Rather than give up, George finds a way to be herself and Charlotte, even if it means risking everything.

11. Title: Ghost (Track, #1)

Author: Jason Reynolds

Narrator: Guy Lockard

Genre: Realistic/Contemporary

Publisher/Date: Simon & Schuster Audio (August 30, 2016)

Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins

Age group: 9 - 12

Summary: Ghost is fast, maybe the fastest runner around. But if he can’t stop running from his problems and getting into trouble, he might find himself in deeper trouble than he could ever anticipate.

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12. Title: Ghost Boys

Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes

Narrator: Miles Harvey

Genre: Realistic/Contemporary

Publisher/Date: Hachette Audio (April 17, 2018)

Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins

Age group: 9 - 12

Summary: A timely and heartbreaking story about Jerome, a ghost boy who was shot by a police officer and sees what happens to his family and community after his murder.

13. Title: Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish

Author: Pablo Cartaya

Narrator: Pablo Cartaya

Genre: Realistic/Contemporary

Publisher/Date: Listening Library (August 21, 2018)

Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins

Age group: 9 - 12

Summary: When Marcus gets in trouble at school, his mom takes the family to Puerto Rico, minus the father who abandoned them years ago. As Marcus adjusts for the week he’s there, he can’t help but wonder about his father, who’s in Puerto Rico somewhere. As Marcus begins to look for him, he finds more than he bargained for.

14. Title: The Stars Beneath Our Feet

Author: David Barclay Moore

Narrator: Nile Bullock, David Barclay Moore

Genre: Realistic/Contemporary

Publisher/Date: Listening Library (September 9, 2017)

Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins

Age group: 9 - 12

Summary: As Lolly grieves the death of his older brother due to gang-related violence, he finds joy in the Legos his mother’s girlfriend brings him. But the pressure to join the same gang his brother was in is overwhelming, especially since a nasty bully won’t leave him and his friend alone. When he makes a new, unexpected friend who also loves Legos, he finds strength to keep looking forward and stay on the right path.

15. Title: The Thing About Jellyfish

Author: Ali Benjamin

Narrator: Sarah Franco

Genre: Realistic/Contemporary

Publisher/Date: Hachette Audio (September 22, 2015)

Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins

Age group: 9 - 12

Summary: When Suzy’s best friend dies in a tragic drowning accident, Suzy is devastated. Wasn’t her best friend a great swimmer? How could this have happened? Suzy thinks she’s cracked the case when she realizes a jellyfish could have stung her best friend. As Suzy tries to find a way to prove her theory, she learns about grief and moving on.

 

Podcasts

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16. Title: The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian: Science Fiction for Kids

Creator/Company: Gen-Z Media

Episodes: 153, 20 - 30 minutes long

Category: Kids & Family

Performers/Narrators: Jonathan Messinger and Griffin Messinger (son)

Age group: 6+

iTunes link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/alien-adventures-finn-caspian-science-fiction-for-kids/id1139672164

Summary: Enjoy this science-fiction story with the whole family. Every episode continues the story, and features robots, space, aliens, and mystery, all told with comedy.


17. Title: Bedtime Explorers

Creator/Company: Kinderling Kids Radio

Episodes: 29, 5 minutes long

Category: Kids & Family

Performers/Narrators: Amy Taylor-Kabbaz

Age group: 4+

iTunes link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bedtime-explorers/id1333863338

Summary: Help your little one fall asleep or calm down with this podcast. Enjoy relaxing and fun stories that can help you and your family meditate.


18. Title: Six Minutes

Creator/Company: Gen-Z Media

Episodes: 130, 6 minutes long

Category: Kids & Family

Performers/Narrators: Full cast, including tweens

Age group: 6 - 12

iTunes link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/six-minutes/id1348470106

Summary: Told in just six minutes each episode, this podcast features the story of Holiday, a girl who remembers nothing after she was pulled from the Alaskan waters. As she tries to make sense of her life, she realizes she’s developing special abilities that might just make her a threat.


19. Title: Tai Asks Why

Creator/Company: CBC, 2018

Episodes: 8, ~20 minutes long

Category: Kids & Family

Performers/Narrators: Tai Poole

Age group: 7+

iTunes link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tai-asks-why/id1434443225

Summary: Eleven year-old Tai Poole asks the big questions: Why do we dream? What is love? What happens after you die? Join him as he does interviews and attempts to answer these interesting questions. Perfect for kids who love to ask “why” and understand the world.


20. Title: Story Pirates

Creator/Company: Gimlet, 2018

Episodes: 130, 20 - 40 minutes long

Category: Kids & Family

Performers/Narrators: Features various actors, comedians, and celebrities (ex: David Schwimmer, John Oliver, Claire Danes)

Age group: 4 - 10

iTunes link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/story-pirates/id719585944

Summary: Expert comedians and improvisers perform kid-written sketches and stories, as-is. Features jokes, music, imaginative stories, and pop culture references that adults and kids will enjoy; all appropriate for children.


21. Title: Wow in the World

Creator/Company: NPR, 2019

Episodes: 118, 30 minutes long

Category: Kids & Family

Performers/Narrators: Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz

Age group: 5 - 12

iTunes link: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/wow-in-the-world/id1233834541

Summary: Perfect for curious kids, this NPR podcast explores the world around us in an energetic, humorous, and enthusiastic way. Topics include bird migration, asteroids, human evolution, and the coral reefs.


 

Music

All information and covers from iTunes store.


22. Title: The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band

Artist: The Laurie Berkner Band

Format: Digital/Mp3, also available on CD

Tracks/Length: 20 songs, 50 minutes

Label and Release Date: Two Tomatoes Records, Jun 29, 2010

Age group: 3 - 8

iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-best-of-the-laurie-berkner-band-deluxe-edition/1382969087


Summary: Fun mix of songs perfect for moving and learning. Highlights include “Rocketship Run,” “I’m Gonna Catch You,” “Boots,” and “I Really Love to Dance.” Features comedy and learning with pleasant harmonies.


23. Title: The Best of Raffi

Artist: Raffi Cavoukian

Format: Digital/Mp3, also available on CD

Tracks/Length: 16 songs, 35 Minutes

Label and Release Date: Concord Music Group, February 10, 2017

Age group: 3 - 8

iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/bs/album/best-of-raffi/1200616531


Summary: Listen to Raffi’s best and most popular enduring classics with this compilation. Includes songs such as “Down by the Bay,” “Wheels on the Bus,” “Shake My Sillies Out,” and “Apples and Bananas.” Songs are silly and encourage participation and movement.

 

Video

YouTube channels and television for children.

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24. Title: Fresh Off the Boat

Creator: Nahnatchka Khan

Starring: Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang 

Episodes: 101, 5 seasons 2015 - 2019

Length: 22 mins

Category: Comedy

Rating: PG

Age group: 5 - 12

Channel/Stream link: https://abc.go.com/shows/fresh-off-the-boat

Summary: Based on writer and food personality Eddie Huang’s childhood, this family comedy is about Taiwanese immigrants Jessica and Louis, and their three children. New to Orlando, FL from D.C., they learn about American culture while staying true to their own values. Set in the 1990s. Unique because it features a virtually all Asian-American cast. Humor appeals to tweens and adults alike.


25. Title: Jack Hartmann Kids Music Channel

Creator: Jack Hartmann

Videos: 842

Length: Under 5 minutes

Channel stats Jul 14, 2010 creation; 274,859,489 views, 535,484 subscribers

Category: Music/Education

Age group: 3 - 10

Channel/Stream link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVcQH8A634mauPrGbWs7QlQ

Summary: Known for his fun and educational children’s music, parents and children can also enjoy Hartmann’s songs on YouTube. Features his classic songs as well as new music, as well as signing, counting, and reading videos. Hartmann often dances in the videos, along with children, with fun and wacky backdrops.


26. Title: minutephysics

Creator: Henry Reich

Videos: 233

Length: 5 - 15 minutes

Channel stats: Jun 20th, 2011 creation; 398,549,445 views, 4,641,706 subscribers

Category: Tech/Science

Age group: 10+

Channel/Stream link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHW94eEFW7hkUMVaZz4eDg

Summary: Created by Henry Reich, this channel explores fun and interesting tech and science topics. Videos are engaging with good graphics, drawing, demonstrations and the narration is enthusiastic. While appropriate for younger children, tweens will be better able to understand and appreciate some of the topics, as this channel isn’t exclusively for children.



27. Title: National Geographic Kids

Creator: National Geographic

Videos: 838

Length: Varies based on type of show

Channel stats: Nov 19th, 2014 creation; 41,258,414 views, 206,383 subscribers

Category: Education/Nature

Age group: 8+

Channel/Stream link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXVCgDuD_QCkI7gTKU7-tpg/videos

Summary: Created by National Geographic, this channel features a variety of videos and shows. Children can learn about animals, nature, history, and science. Shows include Weird But True, Safari Live, and Wackiest Places Around the World.


28. Title: Nerdy Nummies/Rosanna Pansino

Creator: Rosanna Pansino

Videos: 671

Length: Varies, ~20 mins

Channel stats: Apr 8th, 2010 creation; 2,696,242,512 views, 11,190,773 subscribers

Category: How-to

Age group: 8+

Channel/Stream link: https://www.youtube.com/user/RosannaPansino

Summary: Besides its lifestyle/vlog content, this channel combines baking and pop culture. Pansino shows how to bake fun treats, sometimes with guests. Viewers can buy her book featuring these recipes as well. Older children and tweens who are fans of video games, movies, books, and other popular characters will enjoy these videos regardless if they bake or not.


29. Title: Sesame Street

Creator: Sesame Street

Videos: 2,762

Length: Varies

Channel stats: Jan 16th, 2006 creation; 6,716,026,938 views, 6,178,764 subscribers

Category: Entertainment/Education

Age group: 4+

Channel/Stream link: https://www.youtube.com/sesamestreet

Summary: Children can now enjoy the classic show anytime! The channel posts full episodes, clips, songs, and old clips from previous decades. Videos teach children to count, learn the alphabet, be kind to others, and other good values, while remaining entertaining.




30. Title: TED-Ed

Creator: TED

Videos: 1,584

Length: ~5 mins

Channel stats: Mar 1st, 2011 creation; 1,349,505,501 views, 9,054,665 subscribers

Category: Education

Age group: 9+

Channel/Stream link: https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDEducation/

Summary: This channel features topical and thought-provoking examinations on topics such as economics, art, nature, history, and culture. The videos are animated and of high quality, and created with children in mind.