Pint-sized reviews of the wild, wonderful stories that inspire our apps for kids.

The Elephant’s Child

The Elephant’s Child

The tale of how the elephant got its trunk, with a musical twist.

Music Age 6+
Kentucky Route Zero (Acts I–III)

Kentucky Route Zero (Acts I–III)

A trio traverses strange maps and scenarios.

App Age 11+
Septimus Bean and His Amazing Machine

Septimus Bean and His Amazing Machine

Septimus Bean discovers the true purpose of his curious invention.

Book Age 3-7
Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

A bold mashup of poetry and street art.

Book Age 8+
You Are What You Eat Jr.

You Are What You Eat Jr.

An imaginative alphabet app.

App Age 4-7
Mother Goose Rock ’n’ Rhyme

Mother Goose Rock ’n’ Rhyme

A colorful caper between the pages of Mother Goose’s nursery rhymes.

Video Age 4-6
Lost Sloth

Lost Sloth

A sloth wins a shopping spree but first has to find his way to the store—fast.

Book Age 4-6
The Official Eames Office YouTube Channel

The Official Eames Office YouTube Channel

Short films by Charles and Ray Eames.

Site Age 6+
The Point

The Point

A fable about a round-headed boy who discovers that everything has a point.

Video Age 4+
I Am Blop

I Am Blop

An imaginative book about a world where everything is made from blops.

Book Age 3-7
In Shadowland

In Shadowland

A story about opposite worlds and what happens when they intersect.

Book Age 4-7
The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

A charming stop-motion series inspired by Kenneth Grahame’s beloved characters.

Video Age 5+
Fleischer Studios

Fleischer Studios

A 1920s, NYC-based animation duo make incredible psychedelic shorts.

Video Age 7+
The Little Prince

The Little Prince

A classic illustrated novella about an encounter between a pilot and a prince in the middle of the desert.

Book Age 9+
Löwenzahn

Löwenzahn

A children’s show dedicated to education, problem solving, and the importance of play.

Video Age 3-6
Hedgehog in the Fog

Hedgehog in the Fog

The adventure of a hedgehog through a mysterious fog.

Video Age 5+
Marina and the Light

Marina and the Light

An app’s softly lit watercolor illustrations invite endless storytelling.

App Age 3-5
Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I

Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I

A whimsical story following a girl searching for her lost brother in a mysterious wilderness.

Book Age 8+
The Richard Balzer Collection

The Richard Balzer Collection

An archive of 19th-century optical toys, shared through the magic of today’s animated GIF.

Site Age 5+
Wind

Wind

A short animation about a group of people who adapt to constant wind.

Video Age 4+
Green Is a Chile Pepper

Green Is a Chile Pepper

An energetic and colorful book that teaches Latino culture and the Spanish language.

Book Age 3-5
Take Me Out to the Yakyu

Take Me Out to the Yakyu

A Japanese American child loves baseball…in America…and in Japan!

Book Age 2-6
Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf

A stop-motion short film retelling the classic story of Peter and the Wolf.

Video Age 5+
Ballad

Ballad

A partly wordless picture book leaves room for imagination to grow.

Book Age 4+
A Long Piece of String

A Long Piece of String

A wordless picture book that follows a single piece of black string.

Book Age 2+
Slugs

Slugs

An irreverent moral tale of treating creatures (even slugs!) with respect.

Book Age 3-8
Jellybeans

Jellybeans

A story of two friends that share a curiosity about what comes after life.

Book Age 6-9
Design Dossier

Design Dossier

Nearly every object we see has been carefully designed. One book series teaches kids what that means.

Book Age 10+
The Westing Game

The Westing Game

A jumble of heirs (and one mistake) vie for millions.

Book Age 10+
Sound Uncovered

Sound Uncovered

What do sounds conjure?

App Age 6+
A Book of Sleep

A Book of Sleep

A dreamy little tale of sleep.

Book Age 2-7
Where Children Sleep

Where Children Sleep

A photo book documenting the rooms of children around the world.

Book Age 6+
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

A collection of fun and seriously scary stories adapted from urban legends.

Book Age 8+
Design Ah!

Design Ah!

Early morning TV programming that teaches kids design basics in an innovative way.

Video Age 3+
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions

When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions

A six-episode documentary that traces the exciting history of our journey into space.

Video Age 7+
The Willow Pattern Story

The Willow Pattern Story

A piece of willow pattern china holds the forbidden love story of Koong Shee and Chang.

Book Age 6+