Weekly Roundup: Books, Binkys, Games + More! 6/23 – 6/29

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This week’s Roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners features Books, Binkys, Games & 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 June 23, 2019 to June 29, 2019.

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 — Works of Ahhh Cardboard Creations Kits

Works of Ahhh Cardboard Creations Kits

MasterPieces Works of Ahhh Cardboard Creations are easy to build, fun to color and wonderful for imaginative play. Great for development of gross motor skills and at the same time allow the child to express themselves. Cardboard Creations are designed in the U.S.A. and made of high-quality cardboard which is pre-cut and pre-punched. No glue or scissors are required, thanks to our durable interlocking pieces; making for easy assembly for all ages! So far, Cardboard Creation come in Magic Castle, Country Farm and Gingerbread House variations that are all perfectly sized for play with other toys and figures. The Cardboard Creations come with 8 high-quality vibrant markers, cardboard pieces with printed designs, and a sticker sheet. Detailed instructions for assembly and coloring guide are also included.

Arts, Crafts & Hobbies:
Ages 5 to 8

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The Bookseller’s Daughter
Written by Steven E. Burt; Illustrated by Hanah Cincotta; Edited by Jolyn Joslin

From Bram Stoker Award Winner and 5-time Mom’s Choice gold medalist Steve Burt Winner of the 2019 New York Book Festival Grand Prize for fiction Could Things Get Any Weirder in Wells, Maine?

Working at Annie’s Book Stop, Keegan has read plenty of mysteries. But she’s never been part of one. Until now. It starts when someone—or some THING—burglarizes a different local bookstore, Toil & Trouble, stealing an obscure book of little interest except possibly to a collector. It gets stranger when someone appearing to be a hunchbacked nun comes to Annie’s Book Stop to order a reprint of the same book—and two books on local graveyards! But before they can be picked up, a robed and hooded figure breaks into Annie’s after hours and rifles through the special-orders shelf.

Young Adult Books:
Fiction – General

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Award-Winning Children's book — The Bookseller's Daughter
Award-Winning Children's book — Pi and the planets™

Pi and the planets™

When Sigma and his friend Pi are planet gazing, they see something is not right; Space Croc has made a mess in our galaxy! Sigma and Pi start up their space ships to bring order to the Milky Way. Can you help them get the planets back to normal again and save the galaxy? Just beware of the Space Croc!

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Penny the Pink Nose Poodle: A Day with Zoey
Written by Dana DiSante

Penny the Pink Nose Poodle shares the age-old story of how a little puppy found her forever home, but Penny isn’t like other dogs. She is different. Penny has a pink nose!

Penny learns that everyone has something that makes them feel different, but that your differences are what make you unique. In fact, your unique differences make you wonderful! One day an unexpected guest arrives at Penny’s forever home. A new puppy named Zoey. Penny is a little nervous about this excited, bouncing dog because she is different than any dog she has ever seen. When Penny’s family showers Zoey with love, Penny begins to feel lonely again like she did when she lived in the pound. Penny realizes that by showing kindness to this new dog, she can overcome her fear of things that are different and make a new friend along the way.

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

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Award-Winning Children's book — Penny the Pink Nose Poodle
Award-Winning Children's book — AirFort


Need a break from messy furniture forts, we’ve got your answer!

The AIRFORT is the first kid’s fort to hit the market that inflates in seconds with the switch of an ordinary household fan. When inflated the AIRFORT is large in size for several kids and adults. When deflated, the AIRFORT stuffs into its own matching carrying bag, taking up almost no storage space! Have fun in the “coolest” fort you’ve ever built! No cushions, blankets, pillows needed. Create a mess-free fort quickly and easily!

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 5 to 8

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Matt Monroe and The Haunted House
Written by Edward Torba

Matt Monroe and the Haunted House is a fast-moving, eerily descriptive story about a fourteen- year-old boy from southwestern Pennsylvania, who is confronted by an evil entity. Complicating matters is the fact Matt is also recovering from leukemia.

The story opens in 1901 with siblings, Nathanial and Annabelle Parker, desperately attempting to flee their evil step-father, Colonel Parker. They almost make it to safety; however, they are captured and presumably killed in a fit of rage. The story then returns to the present and embarks upon an incredible game of cat and mouse; cunningly leading readers down several blind alleys in their quest for the truth, beautifully linking each character and thread. The school bully is thrown into the equation along with several teachers and an assortment of friends; each beautifully flawed, their true intentions blurred just enough to make readers wonder where their true allegiance lies.

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12):
Fantasy, Myths & Legends

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Award-Winning Children's book — Matt Monroe and The Haunted House
Award-Winning Children's book — Magtronix Starter Set

Magtronix Starter Set

Magtronix is an exciting hands-on activity where children piece together circuit blocks in different combinations. Children become more familiar with how a circuit works and develop their cognitive and problem-solving skills. Contains 10 electronic pieces (switch, battery pack, buzzer, LED 5 direction pieces and a motor) and a helicopter. Comes with an activity guide containing circuit ideas. Requires 3 x AA batteries (not included). Ages 4+

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 5 to 8

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Hawk Eyes
Written by JLW; Illustrated by Bonnie Lemaire; Edited by Ann Marie Downey

Luluuuu…The sun is up, it’s a new day, I
wonder what magic is coming our way?
Lulu is about to have an incredible day….
she just doesn’t know it yet.
Lulu is learning to look at some of life’s
challenges from a bigger picture, a different
point of view. This changes what she sees,
and that changes the way she feels.
Perspective is very powerful.
Fun! Fun! Fun!

Children’s Picture Books:
Growing Up / Personal Growth

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Award-Winning Children's book — Hawk Eyes
Award-Winning Children's book — Gorillas’ Night Out

Gorillas’ Night Out
Written by Faith Goldstein; Illustrated by Elizabeth Brawley; Edited by Regina Cornell

A gregarious gorilla named Pete and his gorilla companions who live in the zoo are bored and tired of doing the same old thing night after night, so they sneak out in search of an adventure that is sure to excite. Their adventure brings them to different spots in the city where they get into a lot of mischief and “monkey business”. While on their quest for fun they do some shopping at the fanciest of stores, eat massive amounts of ice cream, and perform gymnastics in what they think is an empty gymnasium. But, their adventure is abruptly cut short when they are discovered monkeying around by a night watchman. Will the gorillas find a way to get back to the zoo before morning? Gorillas’ Night Out is a humorous tale about just how far a gorilla will go in pursuit of the ultimate night on the town.

Children’s Picture Books:
Adventure, Adventurers & Heroes

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Cristina and the Whales * Cristina y las ballenas
Written by Marta Curti; Illustrated by Sergio Catalá Borrego

When Cristina moves to a new house by the sea, she discovers that she has a special gift. But no one believes her. Join Cristina and her dog Mora as they try to convince everyone that she indeed can hear the whales singing. Bilingual middle-grade novel in English and Spanish with thoughtful questions to guide the reader. Appropriate for classroom use. Promotes environmental awareness and foments an appreciation of nature’s beauty and balance.

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

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Award-Winning Children's book — Cristina and the Whales * Cristina y las ballenas
Award-Winning Children's book — Cinderella -- A Love Story

Cinderella — A Love Story
Written by Gina LoBiondo; Illustrated by Donna Sterpe

Cinderella — A Love Story is “a fanciful and absorbing rewrite of the classic faerie tale”. It is told here in a fascinating new version, set circa mid-16th century. Younger readers will love the borrowed magic that enables Ella to attend the ball, while older readers — including adults — will connect with the inseparable bond between mother and child; a bond that transcends time and space and even death itself.

Ella’s parents are young and in love and the family is happy until Marie suddenly dies. Her father remarries, hoping to give his beloved child a mother’s love and care. But Charles’s new wife is a cruel, unaffectionate woman, who cares only for her own two very backward daughters and turns her step-daughter into a servant. Ten years later, when the King throws a ball in honour of his son, Ella’s only chance at happiness comes from a most unexpected source.

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12):
Fantasy, Myths & Legends

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Chicco PhysioForma Soft Silicone Orthodontic Pacifier

Chicco PhysioForma™ Orthodontic Soft Silicone Pacifiers not only soothe and comfort, but also actively support baby’s breathing and oral development. The exclusive nipple design helps position baby’s tongue forward to maintain an open airway and support baby’s physiological breathing. Physiological breathing improves the quality of sleep, reduces irritability and respiratory disorders.

For baby’s oral development, the orthodontic nipple guides tongue placement to evenly distribute pressure across the palate. The narrow base allows for optimal lip closure, supporting proper development of the palate and teeth. The nipple features an extra-soft silicone with a satin-textured finish to help keep the paci in baby’s mouth for uninterrupted soothing. The soft shield is comfortable and breathable. Ventilation holes promote air circulation, helping to reduce moisture buildup on baby’s soft, sensitive skin. The soft handle of this one-piece construction pacifier is big enough for baby to grab and easy to attach to a cute paci holder.

Gear & Accessories:
Teething & Pacifiers

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Award-Winning Children's book — Chicco PhysioForma Soft Silicone Orthodontic Pacifier
Award-Winning Children's book — Blipblox


The Blipblox is more than a toy, it is a completely new way for kids (and adults) to explore electronic music. Colorful buttons, knobs and levers encourage creative play, while spacey sounds and flashing lights keep kids engaged in STEAM learning. No need to connect a phone and no software to download. Just turn it on and start having fun.

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Angel on Assignment: An Angelic Tradition
Written by Wanda Carter Roush; Illustrated by Mike Motz, Alicia Young; Edited by Gwen Ellis, Katrina DeLallo

Start an Angelic Tradition that will last a lifetime!

Angel on Assignment follows the angels from the manger to the cross– from the playground to bedtime and explores the ways guardian angels look out for boys and girls today. With beautiful illustrations and rhyming verse, award winning Angel on Assignment encourages children to act as angels in disguise for friends who may need help. A timeless tale sure to be an enchanting addition to a young child’s library including classics like God Gave Us Heaven and The Berenstain Bears & The Joy of Giving.

Children’s Picture Books:
Religion & Spirituality

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Award-Winning Children's book — Angel on Assignment

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