Artie’s Magic Pencil Readalikes

App: Artie’s Magic Pencil     Description:  Children join Artie on an interactive and creative drawing adventure as they learn how shapes can combine in a variety of ways to form objects. Downloadable worksheets for continued learning off-screen are also included.  (Winner: ALSC’s Notable Children’s Digital Media, 2019) Readalikes for Families Appeals: Creativity, puzzles and problem solving, adventure Readalikes Linus the Little Yellow Pencil by Scott Magoon  WorldCat’s Description:  Linus hopes to win … Continue reading Artie’s Magic Pencil Readalikes

Toy Story 4 Readalikes

Description:  The film directly follows Toy Story 3, as Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and their other toy friends have found new appreciation living with Bonnie. They are joined by Forky, a spork that has been made into a toy, and embark on a road trip adventure. Readalikes for Families Appeals:  Anthropomorphism, adventure, family connection, humor Readalikes Escargot by Dashka Slater  WorldCat’s Description:  Escargot is a beautiful French snail who only … Continue reading Toy Story 4 Readalikes

Carmen Sandiego Readalikes

TV Show:  Carmen Sandiego     Description:  A master thief who uses her skills for good, Carmen Sandiego travels the world foiling V.I.L.E.’s evil plans — with help from her savvy sidekicks. Readalikes for Gradeschoolers and up Appeals: Adventure, fast-paced, girl power, international travel Readalikes Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters (series) by Andrea Beaty  Amazon’s Description:  Rosie Revere is no stranger to flops and fails, kerfuffles and catastrophes. After all, engineering is all … Continue reading Carmen Sandiego Readalikes

Shark Week Readalikes

Trend:  Shark Week     Description:  With more than 20 hours of shark programming throughout the week, Shark Week 2019’s fincredible lineup will deliver all-new groundbreaking shark stories revealing remarkable insights into the mysterious world of these magnificent creatures. Readalikes for Families Appeals: Science, adventure, natural world, oceans and ocean creatures Readalikes Chomp: A Shark Romp by Michael Paul  Amazon’s Description:  Dive in to the depths of the ocean to discover different species of … Continue reading Shark Week Readalikes

How To Train Your Dragon Readalikes

Movie:  How To Train Your Dragon     Description:  Based on the book series by Cressida Cowell.  The final movie in the series, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” premieres February 2019. “A winner with audiences and critics alike, the Academy Award-nominated DreamWorks Animation film, How to Train Your Dragon, rolls fire-breathing action, epic adventure and laughs into a captivating and original story. Hiccup is a young … Continue reading How To Train Your Dragon Readalikes

Vampirina Readalikes

TV Show:  Vampirina     Description:  Based on the Vampirina Ballerina series of books written by Anne Marie Pace and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, Vampirina follows the story of Vampirina “Vee” Hauntley who becomes a new kid on the block after she and her family move from Transylvania to Pennsylvania to open a local bed and breakfast called the Scare B&B for visiting ghouls (including vampires) and goblins. The … Continue reading Vampirina Readalikes

Gilmore Girls Readalikes

TV Show:  Gilmore Girls     Description:  “Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama television series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. The show’s main focus is on the relationship between single mother Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Rory, who live in Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a small fictional town filled with colorful characters.” Readalikes for Teens/Adults Appeals: Mother/daughter relationships, coming of age, cultural references, witty banter Readalikes … Continue reading Gilmore Girls Readalikes

Toca Boca Readalikes

Description:  For the preschool set, [Toca Boca apps] combine fun exploration with a gender-neutral approach and a kid-safe sensibility. Though they don’t promise to teach the ABCs or 123s, they do offer opportunities for storytelling and unique experiences that range from playing hairstylist to creating biomes for different animals. They also have a series of virtual dollhouses that let kids play in all kinds of environments, including a hospital, … Continue reading Toca Boca Readalikes

Paw Patrol Readalikes

Wikipedia’s Description: A group of six rescue dogs, led by a tech-savvy boy named Ryder, has adventures in “PAW Patrol.” The heroic pups, who believe “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” work together to protect the community. Among the members of the group are fire-dog Marshall, police pup Chase, and fearless Skye. All of the animals have special skills, gadgets and … Continue reading Paw Patrol Readalikes