Weekly roundup: Award-Winning Children’s Books, Educational Games, Apps for Kids + More!! 09/05 – 09/11

Weekly Roundup 9/14 Featured

This week’s roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners features children’s books, educational games, apps for kids + 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 September 05, 2021 to September 11, 2021.

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 — Zoey and the Magical Hummingbirds

Zoey and the Magical Hummingbirds
Written by Ebonie P. Fields; Illustrated by Sonny Heston

Zoey and the Magical Hummingbirds is an exciting and wonderful tale of a little girl’s enchanted adventure through the island of Jamaica. After the birth of a new baby sister, the little girl becomes jealous and decides to run away from home. While on her road to find a new home, she meets two beautiful and charming hummingbirds, who take her on a magical journey to find new places and new things. Through her fun-filled journey, she meets friends along the way, who teach her the importance of treasuring a loving family.

Children’s Picture Books:
Adventure, Adventurers & Heroes

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Up Up You Go Jo!
Written by Mariam Shapera; Illustrated by I Cenizal

One morning, music-loving Jo wakes up to discover that his musical notes have disappeared! Where could they have gone to? Join determined Jo on a dreamy music space adventure as he goes in search of his notes!

Children’s Picture Books:
Bedtime Stories

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Award-Winning Children's book — Up Up You Go Jo!
Award-Winning Children's book — The Sea Otters Who Kept Trying

The Sea Otters Who Kept Trying
Written by Joan Bang; Illustrated by Teguh Sulistio

After listening to their favorite story, Mama Sea Otter surprises Oliver and Everly with a special gift.

A fun book about the power of persistence and what it means to become legendary.

Children’s Picture Books:
Values & Life Lessons

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The Magic Pillow
Written by Darrell House; Illustrated by Pyrink; Edited by Darrell House

Monroe Franklin, Moonie to his friends, receives a bed pillow from a stranger at his 11th birthday party. The pillow is supposed to create amazing dreams, and in this book the boy enjoys adventures at a circus, as a Squire to a Knight, as a rider on a cattle drive, as an accessory to a bank robbery, and as a young boy on a pirate ship… Quick thinking, great reflexes and the heart of a hero, turn this story in to one of adventure and excitement.

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

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Award-Winning Children's book — The Magic Pillow
Award-Winning Children's book — The Dad Connection

The Dad Connection: A Bridge to Your Children
Written by Scott Hanley

Scott Hanley was determined to build good relationships with his two sons. His journey as a single parent provides a wellspring of experience, advice, and know-how. Using his own deeply personal notes on the process of raising his children, recorded as their lives unfolded, he determined that love and respect would be the simple base upon which he would build relationships.

This guide for parents showcases the understanding of love, respect, patience, energy, care, perspective, service, and trust needed to build strong and deeply loving parent-child relationships. It is a life-altering lens through which to see, understand, and love the relationships you have been blessed to receive.

Adult Books:
Parenting – Contemporary Families

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Qeepsake

Qeepsake makes it effortless for all kinds of families to preserve and tell the stories they cherish along life’s journey. Their 4.9-star rated mobile app sends members daily texts, prompting them to text back a favorite story, moment, or milestone with a photo from the day. Qeepsake securely builds these texts and photos into a digital journal that can be effortlessly shared with family through weekly recap emails or transformed into beautiful, pre-designed memory books. Featured on Shark Tank, Qeepsake has grown its member base to nearly a million families across the US and Canada, who have saved over 40 million memories.

Apps & Software:
Adults

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Award-Winning Children's book — Qeepsake
Award-Winning Children's book — My Cat Is Blue

My Cat Is Blue
Written by Sarah Sommer; Illustrated by Bulankina Ka

When her beloved cat gets a case of the blues, one little girl tries everything to help. As she discovers that she may not have the cure, she develops a case of the blues herself. Asking for support from others leads to an important discovery about love and loss as the colors in the book evolve from grayscale to full color.

Children’s Picture Books:
Domestic Animals & Pets

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Moka Mera Emotions

Moka Mera Emotions is a playful, educational application that supports the emotional and social skill development of children aged 3-8. Children can explore and learn how to identify their emotions using emotional filters and picture cards. Using the selfie camera, children can see a funny filter effect that links with each emotion. The child – together with the adult – learns how to identify and discuss the emotions of the self and others. This app can be used in early childhood education by children together with their teachers, or at home with their parents as a tool to identify and discuss different emotions. This is a fun way to explore the range of emotions we have, and the app works as a basis for meaningful discussions.

Children should be taught the language necessary to label and identify the different emotions they may experience. We need to let children know that feeling different emotions is normal and that emotions are individual to us, we all share the same emotions but we experience them differently.

Apps & Software:
Preschoolers

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Award-Winning Children's book — Moka Mera Emotions
Award-Winning Children's book — MentalUP Educational Games

MentalUP Educational Games

MentalUP, an education platform developed by the collaborative study of academicians, child development experts, and game designers, provides personalized educational games that help to develop attention, memory, logic, visual and verbal cognitive skills providing unique levels from preschool to the 6th grade.

MentalUP isn’t just for the mind of children, also for their bodies. It’s the first app in the world that features more than 240+ personalized, bodyweight fitness exercises in 5 categories for kids. Similarly, MentalUP Fitness’ daily exercise plan can be completed in 7 minutes and give children new momentum.

MentalUP is available across all digital platforms (iOS, Android, Desktop).

Apps & Software:
Ages 5 to 8

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I Need You Mommy!
Written by Joni McCoy; Illustrated by Jessica Pavelock; Edited by Kerri Marikakis

For new moms, mother’s to be or mothers of young children.
A beautifully illustrated picture book from viewpoint of loving children to their mother.

The brother and sister ask their mommy if they can tell her a story about why they love her so much and rely on all the things she does for them. They recall many fun days and adventures that their mommy provided for them.

A great conversation starter for your children to tell you all the things they appreciate about you.

Children’s Picture Books:
Family Life

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Award-Winning Children's book — I Need You Mommy!
Award-Winning Children's book — GoZen! Online Social and Emotional Learning Resources

GoZen! Online Social and Emotional Learning Resources

GoZen! creates online social and emotional learning programs loved by kids ages 6-15, parents, professionals, and schools. Our mission is to reach 1 million kids with skills to transform stress, anxiety, worry, anger, perfectionism, negativity, and social worry into POWER in the year 2021! We don’t help kids manage challenging feelings, we help them transform them into confidence, courage, and resilience! We’re basically emotional alchemists.

Online Resources (Websites, eMagazines and Blogs):
Family/Parenting

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Get Back in the Book!
Written by Larry Issa; Illustrated by Emma Chadwick; Edited by Claire Glasby

When Danny, an aspiring young writer and artist, writes his first book, the characters he created come magically to life and want to explore the world! Arnie the acrobat sums up the collective feeling when he says, “Who wants to be stuck in a book when it’s so much fun out here?” Danny does some quick thinking and realizes there’s only one way to get his lively characters to embark on their story, which would be left untold if they didn’t get back in the book!

This extraordinary tale, within a tale, is written by Larry Issa and features stunning illustrations by Emma Chadwick. More than transporting young readers to faraway places, “Get Back in the Book!” shows them the powerful and positive impact of books and storytelling.

Children’s Picture Books:
Distinctive Illustration

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Award-Winning Children's book — Get Back in the Book!
Award-Winning Children's book — Food Battles Game

Food Battles Game

Play the Food Battles game for a novel introduction to the major organs, their location and function within our bodies, focusing on the digestive system and how diet effects our health. Players must collaborate to win food battles and achieve a healthy human body!

Our board games are perfect for home-learning families, class rooms and playmates. Introduce tricky subjects with engaging and memorable activities. Maintaining a good diet is one of the most important factors in staying healthy. Encourage your child to take an active interest by playing the Food Battles game.

Educational Products:
Ages 5 to 8

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FarFaria

FarFaria is an award-winning reading app with thousands of e-books for children in grades Pre-K to 3. With unlimited access to a curated library of intricately illustrated children’s e-books and new titles published every week, FarFaria keeps kids engaged and learning. Popular e-books include classics, like Princess and the Pea and Rapunzel, as well as the original hit series, The Monster Club and Zombie Elementary. FarFaria e-books offer professional audio narration with word highlighting and standards-aligned reading levels featured on every book cover. FarFaria is available in the App Store and Play Store, as well as for Kindle Fire.

FarFaria was chosen as a 2020 Top Homeschool Curriculum List and a 2021 National Parenting Product Award winner!

Apps & Software:
Ages 5 to 8

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Award-Winning Children's book — FarFaria
Award-Winning Children's book — Exceptional Needs Today

Exceptional Needs Today

Exceptional Needs Today is a digital, bi-monthly publication that focuses on educating and energizing special needs families, caregivers, educators, professionals, and self-advocates. Magazine subscribers receive FREE access to the latest news, expert advice, and therapies, including recommended books and products. Membership is provided at no cost to allow all people access to professional support.

Exceptional Needs Today magazine serves a strong and passionate community that shares a key objective—to ensure ALL people are accepted, respected, included, and ALL voices are heard.

Online Resources (Websites, eMagazines and Blogs):
Family/Parenting

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DNA Factory Game

Build your own hybrid animal and learn about DNA’s secret formula! The DNA Factory Board Game offers a creative way to introduce the concept of genetics to your child.

Simplify complex science with the DNA Factory Game. Learn about DNA, what it is and how it works. Collect body parts and piece together wacky new creatures! Our board games are perfect for home-learning families, class rooms and playmates. Introduce tricky subjects with engaging and memorable activities. Boost your child’s imagination with this fun and interactive game. Children will love creating new animals with crazy genetic combinations.

Educational Products:
Ages 5 to 8

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Award-Winning Children's book — DNA Factory Game
Award-Winning Children's book — Ddrops Kids Calcium

Ddrops Kids Calcium

Calcium is important for the healthy development of bones, teeth and muscle strength, especially in young children.*

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an adequate calcium intake during adolescence as essential for bone health and development.*

Ddrops Kids Calcium features single pre-measured packets providing a simple and safe way for parents to help support their children’s healthy growth and development, without artificial flavours or preservatives.

Personal Use Products (Skin Care, Health Care, etc.):
Children

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Blinks: Game Pack Collection

Looking for more screen-free fun?! Introducing 4 brand new game packs for the Blinks Game System.

The team at Move38 designed these 3-game packs to make it easier to get more of the games you want to play. With games grouped by genre, you can build a collection that matches your style of play. Included in the Blinks Game Pack Collection are 12 incredible games, that expand the Blinks Game System capabilities, and introduce games that can be shared with family and friends.

The Blinks Game Pack Collection will keep players of all ages entertained for hours at a time, and years to come.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 9 to 12

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Award-Winning Children's book — Blinks: Game Pack Collection
Award-Winning Children's book — Artropia Themed Box

Artropia Themed Box

Artropia is designed for children aged 4-9. By merging the best elements of arts education, hands-on crafts and digital learning, Artropia provides a multidimensional novel approach to playful learning.

In Artropia, we believe that creativity, critical thinking and global awareness are three vital traits that can empower our children to undertake the challenges of a future unfamiliar.

Our learning framework is founded on the fundamental idea of nurturing a child’s artistic, critical thinking, and cognitive skills through the process of discovery, understanding and creation.

Arts, Crafts & Hobbies:
Ages 5 to 8

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