Weekly Roundup: Educational Children’s Books, Toys, Games + More! 2/2 – 2/8

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This week’s Roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners features educational children’s books about diversity, bullying, rescue pets and more! There’s also plush toys to benefit the United Healthcare Children’s Foundation, games and a feeding set! 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 February 02, 2020 to February 08, 2020.

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 — What If We Were All The Same!

What If We Were All The Same!: A Children’s Book About Ethnic Diversity and Inclusion
Written by C.M. Harris; Illustrated by Eric Everett; Edited by Bunmi Ishola

What If We Were All The Same! is a children’s book that embraces the beautiful differences we all have in relation to height, hair type, abilities and much more. Perfect for non-readers, early readers and children of all ages. What kind of world would we be living in if everyone looked the same and did the same things? —- a boring one!

Picture book full of excitement, rhymes, and colorful illustrations!

Different can be wonderful, and even quite colorful….

Children’s Picture Books:
Peoples, Places & Cultures

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United Healthcare Children’s Foundation Mini (5 inch) Oliver The Bear Plush Toy

Meet Oliver the bear! From the award-winning Oliver & Hope storybooks comes the loveable Oliver the bear stuffed animal. Now in a MINIATURE size! He’s a soft, plush and his new 5″ size is so perfect, you can take him anywhere, because he can fit in your pocket! With a washable surface and removable imprinted t-shirt, he’s easy-to-clean after he’s had a lot of fun and adventure. Designed and produced in partnership with Douglas Cuddle Toys, one of the oldest and most respected plush companies in the United States.

The Oliver super-soft cinnamon brown bear becomes even more endearing when you know that sales proceeds help fund future grants given by UHCCF to children in need of medical-related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan. He might be warm and fuzzy, but the warm fuzzies he helps spread to children and their families makes him even more charming. Together we DO change lives!

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Award-Winning Children's book — United Healthcare Children’s Foundation Mini (5 inch) Oliver The Bear Plush Toy
Award-Winning Children's book — United Healthcare Children’s Foundation Mini (5 inch) Chewie

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation Mini (5 inch) Chewie

From UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation’s (UHCCF) Oliver & Hope storybook series – meet Chewie the English bulldog. Now in a MINIATURE size! The happiest plush pup around, armed with a big smile and his trademark blue collar, Chewie is ready for lots of real-life fun and adventure in your neck of the woods! Chewie’s adorable face and brown eyes make him practically irresistible not to love. His new 5” size is now small enough to fit in your pocket! So he’s perfect to pack for car trips or play dates. Plus, his brown/tan/cream coat of fur is washable, so he’s easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth after he’s done exploring new terrain. Designed and produced in partnership with Douglas Cuddle Toys, one of the oldest and most respected plush companies in the United States.

This one-of-a-kind plush bulldog becomes even more endearing when you learn all of his proceeds help to fund future grants given by UHCCF to children in need of medical-related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their families’ commercial health insurance plan. He might be warm and fuzzy, but the warm fuzzies he helps spread to children and their families makes him even more charming. Learn more about UHCCF at www.uhccf.org

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Preschoolers

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The Draco Twins Turn Bullies into Buddies
Written by Carol Basile; Illustrated by John Michael Dickinson

The Draco Twins Turn Bullies into Buddies is the second in a series of children’s books discussing differences in children and many of the struggles children face in today’s world. The main characters are Dusty and Daisy Draco, young dragon twins with a very special close relationship. Other characters include the twins’ parents who assist them in learning life’s lessons.

Daisy is an adventurous risk-taker and Dusty is more careful and thoughtful. Daisy loves new and different things and places to explore. She is quick to act, many times without thinking first. Dusty usually goes along with Daisy’s adventures. However, he, then, helps Daisy to resolve the problems she often unwittingly creates.

Children’s Picture Books:
Specialized Concepts / Differently Abled

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Award-Winning Children's book — The Draco Twins Turn Bullies into Buddies
Award-Winning Children's book — Squire With Fire

Squire With Fire: When Sparks Fly
Written and illustrated by Joseph Cassis

Squire With Fire—When Sparks Fly is a follow-up to the award-winning Squire With Fire—A Happy Dragon’s Tale. This second tale is an equally fantastic romp through legendary times. With similar myths and magic, the story is cozily told by grandfather imparting heritage lessons to his grandchild, Mackenzie.

A mysterious old wooden chest containing several family mementos inspires Grandpa and Mackenzie to explore the amazing story these relics exemplify about their ancestor, also named Mackenzie. Squire Mackenzie uses these antiquities, marbles, and cherts to fight Vikings invading their castle. She works with Spitfire, a friendly dragon who she helped save, to cleverly thwart these invaders. However, when Spitfire is injured, another caring dragon named Sparky happens to see Spitfire suffering on the ground. She works with the villagers to mend his wound and then the two dragons join forces to help Squire Mackenzie prevail over the invaders with fire and cunning actions.

By sharing this enchanting story, Grandpa connects Mackenzie to her past, teaches her the importance of being understanding, practice skills to be the best and have persistence to achieve goals.

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Fantasy, Myths & Legends

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Potty Train with Pinky Bear
Written by Toni Roberts

Potty Train with Pinky Bear is a beautifully illustrated board book, about a happy, resourceful little bear. The book generates fun, excitement and potty training results, based on the happy anticipation of Pinky Bears surprise visit. The book was written as if Pinky Bear is speaking directly to the child and includes a catchy sing along song. Pinky Bears arrival brings even more excitement as parents have the option of hiding Pinky Bear prizes or stashing a reward in Pinky Bears tummy pouch for their child to find after successful potty time efforts.

Children’s Picture Books:
Basic Concepts

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Award-Winning Children's book — Potty Train with Pinky Bear
Award-Winning Children's book — MONTY

MONTY: The Courageous Survival of a Rescue Dog
Written by Janet Squires

MEET MONTY — A remarkable rescue dog with an international following. From his guardians to his doctors, Monty’s loving spirit captures hearts with an I-can-do-it grin and a wagging tail.

Abused and left in the desert, Monty is taken in by dedicated animal rescuers who launch an eighteen month long campaign, via social networking, that saves his life and makes him a world-wide celebrity with thousands of fans.

A year and a half later — after losing a leg, Monty, now healthy and happy, finds a loving forever home, becomes an ambassador for other abused and abandoned dogs, and inspires everyone who hears his story of second chances and never giving up.

A nonfiction picture book.

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12):
Inspirational / Motivational

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Mochi Robot: LEGO-Compatible, Screen-less Coding toy

Mochi is a screenless coding robot that teaches young children (3-6 yo) the basics of computational thinking and STEM through hands-on, creative play⁠. Boys and girls use hands-on code to help Mochi bear go on adventures, moving him across the map and learning interesting facts about planets, 123s, ABCs, biology and the world around them.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Preschoolers

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Award-Winning Children's book — Mochi Robot: LEGO-Compatible, Screen-less Coding toy
Award-Winning Children's book — Kcuina Baby Feeding Set

Kcuina Baby Feeding Set

Kcuina 6 Piece Baby Feeding Set – Includes 2 Silicone Bibs, 1 Strong Suction Divided Plate, 1 Strong Suction Bowl, & 2 Soft Spoon – Made with Food Grade & FDA Approved Silicone  PREMIUM QUALITY – Each of our premium items in this baby and toddler feeding set have been made with high-quality food-grade silicone. Each one made to ensure that no taste or micro particles transfer to your little one’s food.

Gear & Accessories:
Feeding

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FORTY BELOW – The World’s Coolest Card Game

FORTY BELOW is a easy to learn, slightly strategic card game that is loved by all ages. The object is to get the lowest possible score in 10 rounds of play. It is used as a party game and also by math teachers to learn the concept of positive and negative numbers. Extremely FUN to play for kids and adults as well.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Young Adults

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Award-Winning Children's book — FORTY BELOW - The World's Coolest Card Game

2 Comments on “Weekly Roundup: Educational Children’s Books, Toys, Games + More! 2/2 – 2/8”

  1. Educational toys are awesome. It’s incredible how many of the classic educational toys of my youth are now being recycled and made once again. I have bought many of my favorites from childhood for my nephews.

  2. What if we were all the same looks like it would be a good book to teach kids about diversity and equality.

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