Every year I attend a great conference called Dust or Magic (DorM) which is sponsored by the Children’s Technology Review. The DorM event focuses on children’s interactive media of all types; software, interactive DVDs, classroom products, electronic toys, video games… You name it. If it has some digital component and it’s core audience is kids, you’ll find it at this conference. The term “Dust or Magic” itself refers to an old quote from Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) which says “An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending upon the talent that rubs against it.”

Before the event concludes, the attendees share a list of books, research papers, lectures, and websites that are important to the development of successful interactive products for children. I’ve been asked again this year to present my updated list of recommended readings for those who work in the kids industry, be it in gaming, education, early learning, or toy development. To download a PDF copy of these recommendations, click here (5.4 MB).

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