Weekly Roundup: Best Children’s Books, Toys, Craft Supplies, Gear! Feb 14 – 20, 2016

We are so pleased to announce the products and services that earned a Mom’s Choice Award last week! This time around, there are lots of wonderful children’s books, plus some toys, some gear, and craft supplies!

Every week companies, publishers, developers, and inventors send us media, products, and services from all over the world. We pair each submission with five evaluators. The best products and services earn our award. Our evaluators are not only experts, they are parents and educators just like you, so they understand what you’re looking for in a quality product. Mom’s Choice Awards® is proud to present the products and services that earned our distinction last week, between February 14 and 20. To find more information about a product or to purchase, click on the image.

Prime Climb

Prime Climb is a beautiful, colorful, mathematical board game for 2 to 4 players. Roll the dice and add, subtract, multiply and divide your way to the center of the board, picking up Prime cards and bumping your opponents back to start as you go. The first to land both pawns on 101 wins the game!

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 9 to 12

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Award-Winning Children's book — Prime Climb
Award-Winning Children's book — My Name Is Not Isabella

My Name Is Not Isabella: Personalized Book
Written by Jennifer Fosberry; Illustrated by Mike Litwin; Edited by Kelly Barrales-Saylor

In this New York Times bestselling children’s book, your daughter can turn into the imaginative Isabella and explore outstanding women who have changed history! This personalized and heartwarming story will empower your daughter to celebrate her unique personality and imagination. Encourage your daughter to dream without limits! Isabella’s companion book, My Name Is Not Alexander, makes your son the star of the story as he learns about the great men that helped shape America. Personalize these books with your child’s name and create a special dedication page with a photo and message from you.

Children’s Picture Books:
Inspirational / Motivational

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I Love You So…: Personalized Book
Written and illustrated by Marianne Richmond

I Love You So… puts into words the often indescribable quality of boundless, steady, and unconditional love. This comforting story embraces your child like a warm hug and gently reassures him or her that love is for always, despite the grouchy moods or physical separation. Customize the story with your child’s name, photo, and special message, and remind your child how much he or she is always loved by you.

Children’s Picture Books:
Inspirational / Motivational

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Award-Winning Children's book — I Love You So...
Award-Winning Children's book — Have You Filled a Bucket Today? 10th Anniversary Edition

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? 10th Anniversary Edition: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
Written by Carol McCloud; Illustrated by David Messing

This heartwarming book encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love by “filling buckets.” Updated and revised, this 10th anniversary edition will help readers better understand that “bucket dipping” is a negative behavior, not a permanent label. It also explains that it’s possible to fill or dip into our own buckets.

Children’s Picture Books:
Growing Up / Personal Growth

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Growing Together Across the Autism Spectrum: A kid’s guide to living with, learning from, and loving a parent with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Written and illustrated by Elizabeth Marks

A parent with ASD can provide his or her children deep love and support, along with a perspective on the world that is wonderfully unique. At the same time, the emotional and physical demands of parenting can be taxing for someone with autism.

Growing Together tackles a topic that has received little attention – the relationship between a neurotypical child and a parent on the spectrum. As such, this illustrated children’s book provides a conversational starting point for families with a parent on the autism spectrum. While narrated from the perspective of a boy whose father has ASD and a mother who does not, his thoughts and questions apply equally to other variations of this family structure.

While an ASD parent craves order, reason, and predictability, the experience of parenthood is inherently chaotic. It takes children’s feelings of love, confusion, and worry seriously and promotes mutual respect, affection, and accountability among family members.

Children’s Picture Books:
Family Life

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Award-Winning Children's book — Growing Together Across the Autism Spectrum
Award-Winning Children's book — Crafty Croc® 18 Pack of Liquid Chalk Markers

Crafty Croc® 18 Pack of Liquid Chalk Markers

Crafty Croc markers are a fantastic product on multiple levels. They provide hours of indoor fun for kids with their ability to decorate and write on windows, mirrors, plastics, metals, tiles and all manner of non-porous surfaces and their easy clean-up is a joy for parents.

They’re non-odorous and non-toxic making them safe for any children 3 and over with adult supervision. With a modest level of artistic ability, you can create some really cool works of art.

Crafters love them for their amazing bright neon colors and soft pastels when used in scrapbooking projects. Our kids also love them for decorating other craft projects made from cardboard, boxes, paper towel rolls and more.

The unique packaging and Crafty Croc crocodile character are a huge hit with kids who love this little guy.

The 18 pack includes 8 neon colors, 8 earthy colors, plus black and white. Enough colors for any project.

Arts, Crafts & Hobbies:

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Banda Bib II

The Banda Bib is the most effect and cutest drool solution on the market! There will be no more outfit changes throughout the day because of a drooly baby! The Banda Bib is made of a soft absorbent cotton front that will pull moisture away from baby’s sensitive skin, and a fleece backing that makes sure that it won’t soak through to get clothes wet. And because they are a cute accessory for every outfit, your baby can wear them comfortably all day long! That Banda Bib comes in over two dozen adorable styles.

Gear & Accessories:

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Award-Winning Children's book — Banda Bib II
Award-Winning Children's book — ANNIE'S PLAID SHIRT

Written by Stacy B. Davids; Illustrated by Rachael Balsaitis

Annie loves her plaid shirt and wears it everywhere. But one day her mom tells Annie that she must wear a dress to her uncle’s wedding. Annie protests, but her mom insists and buys her a fancy new dress anyway. Annie is miserable. She feels weird in dresses. Why can’t her mom understand?

Then Annie has an idea. But will her mom agree?

ANNIE’S PLAID SHIRT will inspire readers to be themselves and will touch the hearts of those who love them.

Themes of gender norms, identity, individuality, tolerance, and self-esteem.

Children’s Picture Books:
Developing Social Skills

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Adalyn’s Clare
Written by Kari Dunn Buron; Illustrated by Lou Wisniewski

Adalyn is a very smart but lonely 4th grader who loves animals and science. She is not very good at finding human friends, but she is a whiz at studying science. Adalyn’s best friends are the animals in the science room, which is just about her favorite place in the whole wide world. Adalyn finds most people very confusing and frustrating, which causes her a great deal of worry, and sometimes gets her into trouble.

Clare is a therapy puppy who has been assigned to help Adalyn find friends. This is a big assignment for a 3-month-old puppy, but she doesn’t have to figure it all out on her own. Clare draws support from memories of her own mother’s wisdom; some really caring teachers; and the life lessons of a friendly ferret, 2 very smart rats, an exotic bird, and a three-legged guinea pig. Their stories will entertain and amaze you!

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12):
Fiction – General

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Award-Winning Children's book — Adalyn's Clare
Award-Winning Children's book — Strike At Charles' Farm

Strike At Charles’ Farm: Grève à la ferme de Charles
Written by Dr. Nicole Audet; Illustrated by Mylène Villeneuve; Edited by AuthorHouse

Charles faces a problem. All the animals on his farm are on strike. They want to eat more, work less or play more. Go through this story and discover how Charles will get his animals to keep working at the farm. A great tale about the value of work and responsibility.
This book is written in English and French.

Children’s Picture Books:
Bilingual (Must include an English translation)

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