Children & Technology

Tell Us About Great New Digital Media!

Hello from the Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Committee!

Have you come across any new digital media you think all kids and parents should know about? Our committee is reviewing digital media released in 2020 in the U.S. for early learners (2-8) and their caregivers, and we’d love to see your recommendations! Please use this simple form to share your feedback with us. Deadline for submissions is January 1, 2021.

Two young boys sit outside on a bench playing on a tablet computer together.
Photo credit: Becky Fyolek

A newcomer among ALSC awards, the Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award is in its third year. The award recognizes the most distinguished early learning digital media produced in the U.S., and in doing so, helps parents and caregivers discover the best resources for their children. Past winners include Molly of Dinali, an app by WGBH Boston (2020) and Play & Learn Science, an app by PBS Kids (2019). Websites, videos, podcasts, music, enhanced eBooks, and other interactive media are also eligible. 

To learn more about the award, check out these past posts:

2019 Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award Winner 

Getting to Know the Newest ALSC Youth Media Award

Access to excellent digital media for kids feels more important than ever this year. With many schools (including preschools) operating virtually and caregivers juggling way too many things, children are spending a lot more time on screens. This is our opportunity to serve as media mentors, leading families to high quality and accessible digital resources that engage, promote learning, encourage co-participation between children and their grownups, and highlight diverse experiences. 

We look forward to hearing your recommendations for this award! 

12/9/20: Edited to include deadline date.

The 2020 Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Award Committee: Madeline Walton-Hadlock (Chair), Maria Paz Alegre, Becky Fyolek, Jennifer Minehardt, Tess Prendergast, Celeste Swanson, Brittany Tavernaro, and Janet Weber

One comment

  1. Susan Brooks

    my friends and their adults all call me Miss Sue. I’m the story time lady, professionally titled as an Early Literacy Specialist for the South Boston Halifax County Library . I provide early literacy story times for children newborn – 6. Currently due to the pandemic I’ve been producing a weekly story time called PALS Play and Learn Story Time.
    You can view my videos on our facebook page, Halifax County South Boston Public library. The videos are theme based and incorporate movement, music and a book or two. I also create an activity bag kids can pick up at either branch of the library.
    This program keeps us in touch while continuing to give kids the skills they need to learn to read.

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