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CTR Weekly 2/13/2019
Trends from Bologna; Bookful, Hoot Reading, PBS Kids Games
"There's more (effort) being put into less (fewer products)." Lucy Gill, 2019 BolognaRagazzi Digital Awards juror.

I'm not allowed to reveal the winners of the 2019 BolognaRagazzi Digital Award, but I can tell you that each of the 104 new products we reviewed this year represents a dot -- and when combined, all the dots help to form a bigger picture of the children's interactive media market.

This year England, Italy and Germany each out-produced the USA in terms of the number of entries, and AR (Augmented Reality) related titles have continued to increase -- especially via apps tied to printed books. We also reviewed more outstanding children's app collections, defined as curated libraries of apps, sold either as IAP or subscriptions. One of those Bookful, reviewed below.

Watch for a list of the winners in next week's CTR Weekly, or visit the Bologna Children's Book Fair's page, at

The 2019 Kidscreen awards were announced yesterday in Miami. While Kidscreen is mostly about linear media (TV and movies) they also give awards to apps and interactive media. The full announcement is at -- Here is the digital section of the release.

Best Learning App—Branded
Hey Duggee: The Counting Badge by BBC Studios
Scary Beasties by Studio AKA

Best Learning App—Original
MarcoPolo World School by MarcoPolo World School

Best Game App—Branded

Best Game App—Original
Hopster Coding Safari by Hopster

Best Streaming Video Platform

Best Web/App Series—Branded
Canticos by Encantos, Nickelodeon

Best Web/App Series—Original
Daisy & The Gumboot Kids by Imagine Create Media

Best Website by PBS KIDS


Best Learning App—Branded
Annedroids Compubot Plus by Sinking Ship Entertainment

Best Learning App—Original
Mindful Powers by Smashing Ideas

Best Game App—Branded
Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures by Budge Studios, Mattel

Best Game App—Original
Animal Jam: Play Wild! by WildWorks

Best Streaming Video Platform

Best Web/App Series—Branded
That’s the Spirit Driver Digital Studios, DreamWorks

Best Web/App Series—Original
Safari Live by Nat Geo Kids

Best Website
CBC Kids Olympics by CBC Kids

Odd Squad by Sinking Ship Entertainment, Fred Rogers Productions, PBS KIDS

Hoot Reading
Kindoma, , ($call on iPad), for ages 5-11.
Want to hire a live teacher to come into your home to read a book, at the same time with your child? Hoot Reading is an online book sharing and tutoring service that provides personalized (one to one) reading practice with real books and real human teachers. The sessions can be done anywhere you have an iPad with WiFi access. Sessions are 20 minutes and must be scheduled in advance. Prices and names of tutors are not yet available. Note that service was formerly known as Kindoma -- one of the early story sharing services.

* PBS Kids Games
PBS Kids, , ($free on iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle, for ages 3-8.
Plenty of free, "lite" PBS themed casual games await in this solid publicly funded app. It's a great way to extend your child's TV watching -- instead of just passively watching a show like Cat in the Hat they can help to setup a campsite. As of February 2019, content includes 20 shows, each with one game pre-downloaded. The others are offered but are greyed out, and can only be played if they are downloaded. So WiFi is required for most of the content. Most of the play patterns are tried and true -- mazes, pong, connect pipes, shape puzzles. Featured content includes Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Super Why, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! and Dinosaur Train. New games are added by themes and times of the year.

* Denotes Editor's Choice

Will you be at the Bologna Children's Book Fair this year?

Join us at the first annual Digital Dinner on Monday night, Monday night, April 1 at Eataly, where we'll toast the winners of the 2019 BolognaRagazzi Digital Award. Here's the link to register -- >