Common Sense Selections

Common Sense recognizes outstanding entertainment with an official seal for quality and impact. Common Sense Selections include age-appropriate media with the potential to spark family conversations, entertain families of all kinds, and have a positive, lasting effect on society.

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age 3+

Sweet story of our common humanity has lively illustrations.

By: Annie Barrows (2022)
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Welcome to the Big Kids Club: What Every Older Sibling Needs to Know!

age 4+

Factual, funny info book for big kids is full of warmth.

By: Chelsea Clinton (2022)
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TV

Thai Cave Rescue

age 10+

Heart-wrenching story of peril, survival, and heroism.

Network: Netflix (2022)
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Measuring a Year: A Rosh Hashanah Story

age 4+

Intriguing holiday books asks "How do you measure a year?"

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The Stars Did Wander Darkling

age 9+

Small-town teens battle monsters in smart horror thriller.

By: Colin Meloy (2022)
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Learning to Fall

age 10+

Touching tale of tween reconnecting with estranged dad.

By: Sally Engelfried (2022)
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TV

Life by Ella

age 10+

A middle-schooler attempts to rebuild her life after cancer.

Network: Apple TV+ (2022)
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Skeletina and the In-Between World

age 3+

Kind story of dealing with worries has great illustrations.

By: Susie Jaramillo (2022)
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MOVIE

Catherine Called Birdy

age 12+

Heartfelt medieval comedy adaptation tackles adult themes.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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MOVIE

Drifting Home

age 10+

Some violence, peril in imaginative coming-of-age anime.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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Serwa Boateng's Guide to Vampire Hunting
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Serwa Boateng's Guide to Vampire Hunting: Serwa Boateng, Book 1

age 10+

Kids fight Ghanaian vampires and racism in exciting fantasy.

By: Roseanne A. Brown (2022)
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TV

Sago Mini Friends

age 3+

Wholesome and funny show teaches kids about gratitude.

Network: Apple TV+ (2022)
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Two girls speak to each other in sign language on a street with Nazi flags handing on the buildings.
BOOK

Signs of Survival: A Memoir of the Holocaust

age 10+

Courageous sisters persevere in powerful Holocaust memoir.

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MOVIE

Goodbye, Don Glees!

age 10+

Touching coming-of-age friendship tale has a little edge.

In Theaters (Release Year: 2022)
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Amari and the Great Game: Supernatural Investigations, Book 2

age 8+

Fun, suspenseful fantasy about girl with magical powers.

By: B.B. Alston (2022)
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MOVIE

The Woman King

age 15+

Memorable, historic, violent tale of African women warriors.

In Theaters (Release Year: 2022)
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Tía Fortuna's New Home: A Jewish Cuban Journey

age 5+

Family memories ease the pain of moving in sweet tale.

By: Ruth Behar (2022)
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GAME

Wayward Strand

age 13+

Game about personal connections strongly promotes empathy.

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Swoop and Soar: How Science Rescued Two Osprey Orphans and Found Them a New Family in the Wild

age 7+

Exciting, fact-filled story of wild osprey chicks' rescue.

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Alliana, Girl of Dragons

age 9+

Exciting Cinderella tale of tween in Japanese fantasy world.

By: Julie Abe (2022)
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