Notable Children’s Digital Media Committee wants your Apps!

The 2018 inaugural Notable Children’s Digital Media Committee welcomes your suggestions of Apps for the initial January 2018 list. Per the ALSC Board, children’s digital media is defined as follows:

Any real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content or product that is available via personal electronic device across multiple platforms that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while developmentally appropriately informing, educating, and/or entertaining.

The Committee will select, annotate, and present for publication, a bi-annual list of notable children’s digital media, including websites and Apps of interest to young people and their families, from birth through age 14, starting in January 2018.

Please note the following:

Apps must currently be available through a US distributor.

Apps will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

1.    Respect young people’s intelligence and imagination

2.    Exhibit venturesome creativity

3.    Reflect and encourage the natural interest of children and young adolescents in exemplary ways

4.    Maintain high standards in aesthetic and technical aspects

5.    Include excellent design, with an attractive interface that is easy to navigate

6.    Allow for joint media engagement, co-viewing and shared play experiences

7.    In-app advertising is either non-existent, or limited and non-distracting.

8.    Content is created by diverse teams, and is inclusive.

Please send suggestions (and download codes if relevant) to committee co-chairs Marianne Martens at and Alia Shields at


Today’s guest bloggers are Marianne Martens and Alia Shields, the current co-chairs of the  2018 inaugural Notable Children’s Digital Media Committee.

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