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The Coalition for Quality Children's Media is a national, nonprofit (501-c-3) organization founded in 1991 whose mission is to teach children critical viewing skills and to increase the visibility and availability of quality children's media.

The Coalition's KIDS FIRST! program evaluates, rates and endorses films, DVDs, audio recordings, TV shows, apps and games using volunteer, community-based juries of adults and children from diverse backgrounds and offers a variety of means to showcase and enhance consumer awareness of endorsed products.

The KIDS FIRST! Film Critics are a group of national youth reporters who review most new film releases, interview talent and share their views on entertainment geared for kids. A group of 18 kids, ages 7 to 16, their reviews are seen, read or listened to by more than 4 million people every month.

KIDS FIRST! is supported by teachers, librarians, media professionals, lobbyists, policymakers, child advocates, educators, parents and families nationwide. Support comes from national nonprofit organizations that include the National Education Association, REEL Fathers, National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Council of Women’s Organizations, with a cumulative membership of over 17 million.

Entries by KIDS FIRST!

The Giver - an Intense Film About the Effects of Accepting the Good and Bad Memories of Life

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 12:55 PM

Based on Lois Lowry's book, this highly anticipated film tells the story of a perfect world where everyone is happy. When Jonas is 12 years old, he's chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories where he learns about pain, sadness, war and...
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How to Train Your Dragon 2 - Visually Stunning Sequel

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 5:24 PM

This sequel to How to Train Your Dragon is part 2 of a trilogy based on the award-winning books by Cressida Cowell and takes you to the next level with visually stunning animation. Written and directed by Dean DeBlois, the story builds on...
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Two Outstanding Films Not to Miss: 'Belle' and 'Fed Up'

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 2:32 PM

Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her...
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Based on Books by Lara Jones, Poppy Cat Gets It Right for Preschoolers

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 4:00 PM


Looking for something special for your preschooler younger brother or sister? Check out Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures based on the British author Lara Kate Jones and airing on Sprout. The series is seen through the eyes of Poppy's imaginative young...

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'Million Dollar Arm' - a Game Changer in More Ways Than One

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 3:35 PM

Based on a true story, Million Dollar Arm follows JB Bernstein, a once-successful sports agent who finds his career teetering on the edge. Sports films generally carry an important social message in them and this film does that and more. "Once JB finds...
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Jodorowsky's 'Dune' - Inspiring and Meaningful

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 7:49 PM

Here is a remarkable film about the cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky whose ambitious attempts to create a film based on Frank Herbert's seminal science fiction novel, Dune, failed but ultimately changed modern science fiction filmmaking forever. The names dropped in this film...
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'Mom's Night Out' - Hilarious and Heartwarming

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 7:43 PM

Don't take this film too seriously! I'm sure most moms will relate to this larger than life tale about Allyson and her mom friends who just want a night out on their own -- a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and fun. It's...
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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2': Great for Fans, Great for Non-Fans

(9) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 2:45 PM

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 comes out this weekend much to the delight of fans world-wide. This film explores the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man and Peter experiences his greatest battle yet. Keefer B., age...
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'Antboy' - a Calmer Type of Super-Hero

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 4:41 PM

With Super Heroes all the rage, Antboy is a bit different -- in a good way. Based on a popular Danish comic, this is a good film for younger kids who may find the super charged super hero films like Spider-Man, Captain America and The Avengers a bit too much...

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'Heaven Is For Real' - a Loving Story About a Community That Experiences Something Extraordinary

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 4:19 PM

This is a wonderful, feel-good movie that will bring tears to your eyes. Based on a real story and a #1 New York Times best-selling book by the same name, it brings to the screen the true story of a small-town preacher and father who has to look deep inside...

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In Time for Earth Day - Celebrate One of Nature's Most Majestic Mammals - 'Bears'

(2) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 4:21 PM

In an epic story, Disneynature's new film, Bears showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two young cubs are taught how to make their way in the world. Set in the grandiose Alaskan wilderness, the film follows them...

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'Noah' - Epic Filmmaking That Will Test You

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 2:52 PM

Noah is based on the Biblical story and greatly influenced by the graphic novel "Noah: For the Cruelty of Men." This film has been greatly criticized for its deviation from the Biblical story. It's good to remember that it is not a...

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Rio 2 - What Goes on in the Amazon Affects Us All

(3) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 3:57 PM

This sequel to the 2011 movie Rio, takes the lovable Blue Macaws, Blu, Jewel and their three kids on an adventure in the wilds of the Amazon. They are faced with adversity in the form of an overbearing father-in-law but, more importantly,...

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This Documentary Has More to Offer Than Lemurs

(12) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 3:05 PM

KIDS FIRST! Film Critics is a group of youth, ages seven to fifteen from all across the country who attend premieres, press junkets and press screenings and report from them. Their reviews and interviews represent an authentic youth point of view that we are sharing with you. After all, these...

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Best Marvel Flick Yet - Combines Comic-Book Nostalgia With Conspiracy and Adventure

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Whether you are a Marvel fan or not, you'll find the latest installment of Captain America to be a great political thriller with a compelling story line. There are a few twists, some expected, some not. The story revolves around Steve Rogers struggling to embrace his role in the modern...

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