Weekly Roundup: Educational Children’s Books on Kindness & Bullying + More! 4/22 – 4/28

This week’s Roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners features educational children’s books about kindness and bullying, an innovative crib mattress, adorable, hybrid stuffed animal/blanket + more! Be sure to scroll through the entire list so you don’t miss any of our new award-winners! All the items you see below won a Mom’s Choice Award during April 22, 2018 to April 28, 2018.

Every week companies, inventors, and publishers from around the world send us their products for evaluation. Only the best earn our designation.

Award-Winning Children's book — The ONE Piano H-Lite

The ONE Piano H-Lite

The ONE Piano Hi-Lite is the first-ever piano strip that turns any 88-key piano or keyboard into a smart learning device to teach people to start playing in three minutes. The strip requires no installation onto the existing piano or keyboard – you simply place the LED strip at the top of the piano or keyboard and connect the micro-USB to a tablet or smartphone. Through The ONE Smart Piano’s free app available on any iOS or Android connected device, users can explore more than 3,000 variations of sheet music that correspond to the LED lights within the strip placed above the keys, as well as hundreds of video lessons, and interactive games.

Educational Products:
Ages 5 to 8

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The Land of Blue
Written by Jill Sylvester; Edited by Rebecca McCarthy

Twelve-year-old Cassie’s father has disappeared and her mother and grandparents won’t tell her where he went, or why. Then one hot August afternoon an endearing old lady named Agatha arrives on the dilapidated porch and tells Cassie that her father has gone to the Land of Blue and Cassie is the only one who can save him.

Under Agatha’s tutelage, Cassie- accompanied by her best friend Mariana who she brings along for support- Zippers between life at her Irish-Catholic, alcoholic grandparents’ house in Boston, to the foggy, carnival style Land of Blue. Once they arrive, they meet TJ, a boy in search of his missing brother. The three become fast friends in this place of seemingly never-ending fun sharing in a similar mission. Yet, Cassie’s plans to find her father and bring him home are consistently and suspiciously thwarted. That is until Cassie falls through the Ripple and discovers an alternate land that illuminates that things are not always what they seem and that her father may stay trapped in the Land of Blue forever.

Young Adult Books:
Fiction – General

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Award-Winning Children's book — The Land of Blue
Award-Winning Children's book — Newton Crib Mattress Pad

Newton Crib Mattress Pad

The Newton Crib Mattress Pad by Newton Baby brings safety and comfort to any crib mattress. Add to your Newton Crib Mattress during toddler years for those bigger messes or add a layer of breathable safety and comfort to your current mattress. Made with a revolution-airy Breathe-Thru technology, Newton delivers better sleep for babies and peace of mind for parents. 100% breathable, washable, and waterproof.

Gear & Accessories:
Bedding & Room Decor

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Loungies Ears Elephant

From the brand new Aurora Baby Collection comes these adorable Loungies! A variety of characters, sizes, and functions make these animal buddies the perfect addition to your nursery. Ears Elephant comes with a cute soft grey design and even a blanket to help keep your little one safe and warm!

Plush is 18 inches long.
Made with high quality materials for a soft and fluffy touch.
Blanket included is 19 by 21 inches.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:

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Award-Winning Children's book — Loungies Ears Elephant
Award-Winning Children's book — Jimmy and Jane and the Tale of the Yellow Moon

Jimmy and Jane and the Tale of the Yellow Moon: Series: Rhyme, Lauth & Learn Series
Written by Ian Sadler; Illustrated by Adrienne Brown

This colorful, humorous adventure reveals the unusual daily eating habits of the moon-dwelling Lunatrons. Twins Jimmy and Jane discover that its these habits that give the moon its yellowish tinge visible on a dark, starry night. But when the Lunatrons regular lunar diet is disrupted, that once yellow tinge morphs into green, orange and an ever -widening array of colors and patterns. How did this happen? How will the Lunatrons respond to Jimmy & Jane’s special treats?

Includes Question & Activity pages to open conversation about friendship, helping others, and explore creativity in mixing colors and making new ones.

Children’s Picture Books:
Developing Social Skills

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Gracie Saves the Day!
Written by Catherine Gibson, Michael LaChance; Illustrated by Rebekah Phillips

Gracie loves baseball. The meanest girl in school, Penelope Taylor always makes fun of her for liking “boys stuff.” When Gracie’s friend Mary wants them to enter a school dance contest together, Penelope’s teasing gets even worse. What will happen? Can Gracie try something new? What will Penelope do when Mary needs help? Children and their families share the message of respecting and helping others through friendship. Individual and group activities extends the learning about friendship and bullying.

Children’s Picture Books:
Developing Social Skills

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Award-Winning Children's book — Gracie Saves the Day!
Award-Winning Children's book — Emily Dickinson Coloring Book

Emily Dickinson Coloring Book
Written and illustrated by Samantha Snyder

Selected Poems and Quotes from Emily Dickinson to Color Emily Dickinson Coloring Book shares more than 60 doodle art images of inspiring poems and quotes as well as journal pages printed on one side of the page for all ages to color. Color classic poems and quotes from Emily Dickinson including: “Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul,” “I’ll tell you how the sun rose, – A ribbon at a time” plus many more! Each doodle art image has been carefully selected to provide plenty of enjoyment, inspiration, and relaxation.

Adult Books:
Activities, Crafts & Hobbies ( Includes Puzzles & Games)

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Djabali’s Journey
Written by Corine Timmer; Illustrated by Kristina Muñoz; Edited by Amy Betz, Rate Your Story, Jane Hammett

When Djabali’s curiosity lands him in deep water far from his family, he begins an unexpected journey of discovery. Realizing he has to sink or swim, the positive piglet learns to trust his own instincts and accept help from an unlikely array of friends, including a stray dog and a magpie, in order to find his way back home. This illustrated story, set in Spain, is based on a real-life encounter between the author, a baby boar, and an abandoned hunting dog. Djabali’s adventures will transport readers to southwest Spain while inspiring both young and old to scratch beneath the surface of life and ponder over the power of empathy, courage, and trust. This hybrid story includes back matter, a glossary, a Spanish audio narration via QR code, and watercolour illustrations.

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Fiction – General

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Award-Winning Children's book — Djabali’s Journey
Award-Winning Children's book — Daisy Mae Finds Her Way

Daisy Mae Finds Her Way
Written by Catherine Gibson, Michael LaChance; Illustrated by Christine Cancelli

Betty White, Actress, Animal Rights Activist, says “Reading Daisy Mae makes me almost want to go out and get yet another dog… The message that Cathy and Michael communicate about respecting and loving animals is a wonderful life lesson.” When friends and classmates Renee & Maria encounter a scrawny stray dog, Maria sees it as dirty while Renee sees it as needing help and love. Watch what happens on the playground and at the swimming pool that makes a difference. A multi-layered story delivers messages about bullying, abuse and loving actions that make a difference inspire valuable conversation with young readers and their families.

Children’s Picture Books:
Animal Kingdom

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Buckets, Dippers, and Lids: Secrets to Your Happiness
Written by Carol McCloud; Illustrated by Glenn Zimmer; Edited by Caryn Butzke, Sandy Richardson, Kathleen Marusak

“Buckets, Dippers, and Lids” takes the concept of bucket filling one step further by adding the idea that we also have an invisible lid. We “use our lid” to protect and keep the happiness inside our bucket. Offering charming illustrations with personified buckets, dippers, and lids, readers learn what gives happiness, what takes it away, and what protects it. This concrete concept helps children of all ages grow in understanding, kindness, self-control, resilience, empathy, and forgiveness.

Children’s Picture Books:
Developing Social Skills

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Award-Winning Children's book — Buckets, Dippers, and Lids
Award-Winning Children's book — Auntie Ev's Kitty Romp

Auntie Ev’s Kitty Romp
Written by Leslie Lederhandler; Illustrated by LF Byerley

Babysitter Auntie Ev takes her four kitten friends to the playground in “Auntie Ev’s Kitty Romp,” a fun board book for the youngest of book lovers.

First in the series of four Auntie Ev adventures, “Auntie Ev’s Kitty Romp”shows the kittens, Trixie, Ziggy, Dotty, and Skip hopscotching, jumping rope, having a picnic and an awesome afternoon with their best babysitter friend, Auntie Ev.

Children’s Picture Books:
Animal Kingdom

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6 Comments on “Weekly Roundup: Educational Children’s Books on Kindness & Bullying + More! 4/22 – 4/28”

  1. I think it’s wonderful there’s these kind of books. Though Sad that there has to be . Bullying needs to stop. Kids have enough pressure.

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