Weekly roundup: Award-Winning Books, Kid’s Toys, and Parenting Supplies + More!! 01/16 – 01/22

WR 1/25 - Best Books, Best Toys, and Best Parenting Supplies

This week’s roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners features books, kid’s toys, parenting supplies + 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 January 16, 2022 to January 22, 2022.

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 — Zombies Want Pizza

Zombies Want Pizza

Create the grossest pizza the world has ever seen!
Or be eaten by a zombie!

After a minor mishap at the nuclear power plant, zombies are rising from the grave. But they aren’t craving brains this time. These zombies have a more refined palette and demand you make them a pizza with the most disgusting ingredients available.

One players will be the zombie. The other players will be chefs who use their cards of ingredients to create the most disgusting pizza they can. The zombie will judge which pizza is the most disgusting. The chef whose pizza is chosen as the most disgusting wins! The other chefs are eaten by the zombie.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 9 to 12

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You Belong Too
Written by Tara Anderson; Illustrated by Carissa Harris

To everyone else at Meadowbrook Public School, it’s just an ordinary Monday. But to Annie, it’s so much more. Today is her first day at a brand-new school. She can feel the butterflies fluttering in her tummy. Even though Annie’s Mom reminds her that she can do hard things, she wonders if it’s really true. As she sits alone at recess, she begins to lose hope. Maybe I can’t do hard things. …Or can she? Join Annie as she overcomes her fears and takes a brave step towards kindness and friendship that leaves a positive effect on her entire class.

Children’s Picture Books:
Growing Up / Personal Growth

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Award-Winning Children's book — You Belong Too
Award-Winning Children's book — WIBBY THE WHALE

WIBBY THE WHALE: The Little Whale Who Loves to Pretend
Written and illustrated by Finnegan McFinnegan

“Love it! Wonderful, fun pictures and a great new story with a twist!” – Amanda O. – Mom of two and school librarian
“A great message that helping others doesn’t require superpowers.” – Adrian – verified Amazon reviewer

“With a wink of her eye and a twitch of her tail,
she becomes Super Wibby! The SUPERHERO WHALE!”

When everyone needs help in a hurry, they naturally turn to a SUPERHERO WHALE to save the day. HOORAY!!!

But what can a SUPERHERO WHALE do when her “superpowers” are really just pretend?

Will the power of Kindness (and a surprise twist ending) be enough?

Join the story and follow Wibby the Whale on her adventures!

Children’s Picture Books:
Values & Life Lessons

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The First Star
Written by Janice Spina; Illustrated by John Spina

Once upon a time there were two children who loved their father so much that they missed him terribly each time he had toleave to go away to find buyers for his woodworking.The two children, Chris and Kim, were each given a gift made by their father to keep close to them until he could return. They worried whether he would return and prayed on the first star they saw each night that he would come home safely.This story portrays the love that a father has for his children and them for him in return. It shows that being kind to others by putting others before you can be rewarding. Also, some things like love and good health are far more important than riches.

Children’s Picture Books:
Bedtime Stories

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Award-Winning Children's book — The First Star
Award-Winning Children's book — Still Small Voice

Still Small Voice: Book 2 of the Towers of Light Series
Written by Allen Brokken; Illustrated by LoriAnn Weldon; Edited by S.D. Grimm

In a vision, Lauren, Aiden and Ethan are called to save their parents…

but their Uncle has other plans.
Unyielding in his belief, Uncle leads the children off their path. And a misguided acolyte follows them. Lurking in the shadows, he strikes at every opportunity as the dark forces prepare to descend.

Fans of Little House on the Prairie will feel at home in the series’ classic frontier setting, and the sincerity of the children’s love for one another and desire to do the right thing will bring a smile to readers and listeners of all ages.

Buy Still Small Voice to read aloud to your family or confidently give it to your middle-grade reader, knowing he or she will be ensconced in a wholesome and riveting experience, beginning to end.

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12):
Religion & Spirituality

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Sassy Sisters vs The Sock Monster
Written by Jacquese Groves; Illustrated by Karine Makartichan

Sydney and Kennedy are sisters and best friends who are attached at the hip. When Sydney overhears Mommy tell Daddy that the sock monster got their socks again, adventure ensues! The fearless little sister hatches a plan to catch the mysterious sock monster and convinces her big sister to come along for the ride! It’s a fun story about a mischievous little monster with a penchant for socks but also about sisterhood and how these sisters band together to solve problems.

Children’s Picture Books:
Adventure, Adventurers & Heroes

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Award-Winning Children's book — Sassy Sisters vs The Sock Monster
Award-Winning Children's book — Rosa's Monarch Butterfly

Rosa’s Monarch Butterfly: The Magic of Metamorphosis
Written by Martha Driscoll, Ann Driscoll; Illustrated by Susan Andra Lion

This journey of discovery and change contains original pen and ink illustrations by an award-winning illustrator, a compelling story by award-winning authors and loads of educational information about monarchs – caterpillar and butterfly anatomy, stages of development (egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and butterfly), habitat, food, flight, migration, threats to survival, transformation, a glossary of terms, and activities including How to Make a Butterfly and a Matching Game.

Children’s Picture Books:
Animal Kingdom

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Pindaloo

A Fun Activity With Benefits – Pindaloo is a juggling game which is both challenging and fun. Whatever your age, you’ll hone your motor skills and improve your hand to eye coordination as you master the basics of play, and go on to develop your own cool tricks. Suitable for any level, this is a totally inclusive game and the latest craze to hit the USA! Can you break the Guinness record?

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Young Adults

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Award-Winning Children's book — Pindaloo
Award-Winning Children's book — Pen Pal Gals: Friends Forever

Pen Pal Gals: Friends Forever
Written by Julie Thiessen; Illustrated by Vanessa Alexandre

Meet Reese and Addie―two girls, one great friendship. It’s summer break! Reese is on her way to vacation at Camp Lake Shore with her family. When Reese meets a new friend, Addie, the two immediately connect and form a lasting friendship. Swimming, boating, laughing, and soaking up the sun are just a few highlights of their summer vacation. The girls become best friends. When their vacation comes to an end, Reese realizes she may never see Addie again. Determined to stay in touch forever, can Reese and Addie find a way to continue their friendship and share their adventures?

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

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ONCE UPON A TIME STEP Songs from the Ron Lytle Musical Fairy Tales

ONCE UPON A TIME STEP features 16 sing-a-long songs for the entire family (especially those who love musical theatre!), from the best of Ron Lytle’s Musical Fairy Tales.

These fresh takes on classic stories feature soaring ballads, rousing anthems and laugh-out- loud comedy numbers that delight kids AND parents alike (really!) Highlights include showstoppers from CINDERELLA (Gone to the Dogs!), THE KING’S NEW KLOTHES, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, THAT’S OUR SNOW WHITE!, ALADDIN AND THE LAMP, IT MUST BE PINOCCHIO, THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS MR. TOAD and many more. Also included is a debut recording from Lytle’s latest full-length holiday musical, CHRISTMAS IN OZ.

Available as a CD or digital download.

Audio Experiences:
Ages 9 to 12

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Award-Winning Children's book — ONCE UPON A TIME STEP Songs from the Ron Lytle Musical Fairy Tales
Award-Winning Children's book — Molly – A Love Story

Molly – A Love Story
Written by Dana Brackob; Illustrated by Evgeniya Kozhevnikova

Molly – A Love Story is a true story about a cute little Pit Bull, lost and alone in the world until one day she was rescued and given a home. Molly’s story teaches children about the unconditional love that a dog can bring into the lives of a family. As a cancer survivor, Molly overcame adversity, and her story shows that despite every hardship, true love is everlasting. Children and dog lovers of all ages will be touched by Molly’s story and that of her adopted brother Logan, a Siberian Husky who became her best friend. A portion of the sale of each copy of Molly – A Love Story will go to support animal shelters in the Las Vegas area.

Children’s Picture Books:
Domestic Animals & Pets

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Minbie Baby Bottle

So you’re new to this feeding gig?

The early days of feeding can be hazy and downright hard. That primal carer instinct has kicked in and you just want to produce milk. You try to relax into it. It feels like your baby hasn’t read the memo. He’s ravenous and desperate for some sustenance, there’s no time for you to rest. She’s sleepy and refusing to latch, and nurses suggest a top-up.

Our nipple is known to reduce the severity of colic and reflux by slowing down the feed and encouraging a similar latching motion to your baby’s breastfeeding latch. Our beautifully transparent PPSU bottles are like glass without the weight and worry of breakage. It has a higher heat resistance and durability than PP. This means it’s safer, longer-lasting and feels and looks great.

Gear & Accessories:
Feeding

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Award-Winning Children's book — Minbie Baby Bottle
Award-Winning Children's book — Livie Bloom & Friends: Adventures in Food Allergies

Livie Bloom & Friends: Adventures in Food Allergies: Beyond A Gluten-Free Dream
Written by Frances Alvarado-Ng; Illustrated by Marianne Savage

Livie Bloom has lost her sparkle!
After being newly diagnosed with celiac disease, Livie becomes uncertain and fearful about what foods to eat. After being led on a multi-cultural gluten-free journey, Livie overcomes her fears, makes new friends, and discovers new possibilities along the way.

“Beyond A Gluten-free Dream is the first book written by Frances Marie Alvarado-Ng, BS MSW under the series title “Livie Bloom & Friends: Adventures in Food Allergies”. Each book in the series features a character facing food allergies and the challenges it brings.

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

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Light of Mine: Book 1 of the Towers of Light Series
Written by Allen Brokken; Illustrated by LoriAnn Weldon; Edited by S.D. Grimm

After their parents mysterious disappearance, Lauren Aiden and Ethan discover the Armor of God. Will their faith be strong enough to keep dark forces from destroying the Tower of Light? In these dark times “This little light of mine” never seemed so bright, and keeping it shining never felt so imperative.

Light of Mine helps teachers and home educators enhance their student’s learning experience. It contains a reading comprehension section with questions from throughout the book. This provides educators with potential reading assignments and discussion topics. The section also provides access to a downloadable four-week unit study from Towers of Light Christian Resources.

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

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Award-Winning Children's book — Light of Mine
Award-Winning Children's book — I Celebrate My Skin

I Celebrate My Skin
Written by Nonkululeko Kunene Adumetey; Illustrated by Mary K Biswas

I Celebrate My Skin is an inclusive children’s book about self-discovery and self-love. Focusing on celebrating and embracing skin tone diversity, I Celebrate My Skin is a fun and meaningful book you and your family will want to pick up again and again. The book includes modern illustrations that weave in a touch of traditional elements, playful language, and interactive fun activities at the end. This is one of those booķs that your child will be reciting from memory along with you as you read and the text can be used as daily affirmations for your children. This family book will teach young children:

  • That their skin is worth celebrating
  • That all skin tones are beautiful and worth celebrating
  • That their skin is functional and can do so many things
  • That diversity and inclusion are strengths

Children’s Picture Books:
Values & Life Lessons

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Hurricane Vacation: A Hurricane Preparedness Book
Written by Heather L. Beal; Illustrated by Jasmine Mills

Preschoolers Lily and Niko prepare to evacuate from an oncoming hurricane, but Niko’s favorite stuffy gets lost. Will they find him in time to evacuate safely or will this fuzzy family member get left behind?

Children’s Picture Books:
Health & Safety

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Award-Winning Children's book — Hurricane Vacation
Award-Winning Children's book — Hoglet: Computer Mouse + Fidget Toy

Hoglet: Computer Mouse + Fidget Toy

Getting children to focus, especially kids with learning differences like ASD (autism spectrum disorder) and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), can be a huge challenge.

Traditional computer pointing devices don’t provide the physical stimulation that many of these kids need. Trackpads, keyboards, and traditional mice are cold, hard, and lifeless. Trackpads require fine motor skills that younger children and kids with ASD often lack.

We call it the Hoglet, because it looks like a baby hedgehog. Soft, cuddly, and friendly – the Hoglet is a comforting bridge between the familiar physical world and the virtual world of the computer screen. It anchors a child’s attention and has a calming, centering effect.

Gear & Accessories:
Media, Electronics & Accessories

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Fear No Evil: Book 3 of the Towers of Light Series
Written by Allen Brokken; Illustrated by LoriAnn Weldon; Edited by S.D. Grimm

Separated by tragedy on the river….Lauren, Aiden and Ethan are lost and alone in a valley of darkness.

Without each other or their Knight Protector, the three siblings must navigate the wilderness while fending off creatures tainted by evil. Meanwhile, the yellow acolyte has ascended the throne of the Iron Hills and holds Mother and Father captive in the heart of the mountain.

Will the children’s faith give them the courage to save their parents?

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12):
Religion & Spirituality

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Award-Winning Children's book — Fear No Evil
Award-Winning Children's book — Ek Naya Din

Ek Naya Din: A New Day
Written by Anuja Mohla; Illustrated by Noor Alshalabi; Edited by Aditi Wardhan Singh

Ek Naya Din (A New Day) is a book about a fun-filled day full of new possibilities that will take you and your little one on a learning adventure. Children will learn about colors, numbers, opposites in an exciting way. A Bilingual/Multilingual book with phonetic and English translation that will help young children develop basic conversational skills in both Hindi and English. This book will help learners of all ages grasp basic Hindi words used in everyday conversations.

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

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Burnt Toast and Snow Cream Cones: A Fire Drill Success Story
Written by Heather L. Beal; Illustrated by Jasmine Mills

Lily and Niko are at childcare when the smoke alarm goes off. Will the kids fire drill practice pay off? Or will their snow day fun go up in smoke along with the toast?

Children’s Picture Books:
Health & Safety

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Award-Winning Children's book — Burnt Toast and Snow Cream Cones
Award-Winning Children's book — BHK's MaMa Multi-Vitamin Veg Tablets

BHK’s MaMa Multi-Vitamin Veg Tablets

BHK’s is the leading healthy supplementation brand from Taiwan with trustworthy nutritionists as our R&D team. We are recommended by professional pharmacists and have attentively taken care of over hundreds of thousands of moms in Taiwan and other countries. We are dedicated to pregnant women’s health from preparing pregnancy to postpartum care. Our products are based on the tenet of “sufficient dose and sensible result with no unnecessary additives”. We have passed safety inspections from raw material selections to product manufacturing processes.

In addition to 17 kinds of vitamins and minerals, BHK’s MaMa Multi-Vitamin Tablet also contains cranberry extract to protect pregnant moms’ intimate health during pregnancy; in addition, sufficient folic acid is added to ensure the baby’s development. With the sufficient amount of Vitamin A, Vitamin B complex (including B1, B2, B6, niacin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, biotin), Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, calcium and iron, BHK’s provides moms daily nutrition needs in one tablet, so moms can easily replenish high nutrition needs with peace in mind.

Food & Supplements:
Women

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BHK’s MaMa Lecithin Softgels

BHK’s is the leading healthy supplementation brand from Taiwan with trustworthy nutritionists as our R&D team. We are recommended by professional pharmacists and have attentively taken care of over hundreds of thousands of moms in Taiwan and other countries. We are dedicated to pregnant women’s health from preparing pregnancy to postpartum care. Our products are based on the tenet of “sufficient dose and sensible result with no unnecessary additives”. We have passed safety inspections from raw material selections to product manufacturing processes.

BHK’s MaMa Lecithin Softgels contain more than 60% of phospholipids and help unclog breast ducts for smoother breastfeeding. High purity of lecithin will boost efficient consumption. We design the softgels small so mom can easily swallow the softgels to smoothen their breastfeeding and provide the nutrition to the baby.

Food & Supplements:
Women

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Award-Winning Children's book — BHK's MaMa Lecithin Softgels
Award-Winning Children's book — BHK's MaMa DHA Algae Oil Softgels

BHK’s MaMa DHA Algae Oil Softgels

BHK’s is the leading healthy supplementation brand from Taiwan with trustworthy nutritionists as our R&D team. We are recommended by professional pharmacists and have attentively taken care of over hundreds of thousands of moms in Taiwan and other countries. We are dedicated to pregnant women’s health from preparing pregnancy to postpartum care. Our products are based on the tenet of “sufficient dose and sensible result with no unnecessary additives”. We have passed safety inspections from raw material selections to product manufacturing processes.

BHK’s MaMa DHA Algae Oil Softgels are made of patented ocean 200mg algae oil (suggested consumption) from DSM Biomedical with no heavy metal contamination, no EPA contained, and no fishy smell. The ingredient passed USA FDA GRAS test and the effect is backed by more than 100 human clinical researches.

Food & Supplements:
Women

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Behind the Veil
Written by Amy Brailey; Illustrated by Cireliz Alaniz

Behind the Veil is the story of Emma Randolf, an incredibly romantic sixteen year old, who daydreams to escape her unromantic farm life in Sappington, Missouri.  When she discovers that just on the other side of the veil is the very world she dreams of, full of knights and ladies and courtly manners, she is unprepared that this new world comes with a fierce battle between two competing kings.  Emma must now examine each kingdom to decide which she wants to fight for.  Through a series of tragedies, Emma must decide whether she is willing to risk pain for true love or embrace lies for personal safety.  The decision will lead her to the true king and the knight that will steal her heart.

Young Adult Books:
Fiction – General

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Award-Winning Children's book — Behind the Veil
Award-Winning Children's book — Bedside Bassinet for Babies

Bedside Bassinet for Babies

SAFE AND COMFORTABLE: As parents we all want the best for our children and you can rest assured that you are buying a product that was designed for parents, by parents. Save time and effort when setting up and breaking down. Easily store in your bedroom closet, under the mattress or even in the trunk of your vehicle during travel. We have put countless time and effort into ensuring that our product is strong, easy to use and extremely intuitive. Great for your newborn and is CPC Certified.

WHAT IS INCLUDED: The bassinet includes 1 mattress, 1 mattress Board, and 1 travel bag. We’ve been there, and we’re here for you so we’ve also added 3 BONUS items including 5 fitted mattress sheets to help with laundry, a detachable 4in1 Crib Mobile to entertain your baby, and a large detachable hanging all-purpose diaper caddy for organizing baby changing essentials.

Gear & Accessories:
Bedding & Room Decor

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Armor of God: Book 4 of the Towers of Light Series
Written by Allen Brokken; Illustrated by LoriAnn Weldon; Edited by S.D. Grimm

Their Father has become the Dark One’s Champion. Can Lauren, Aiden, and Ethan retrieve the Lost Armor of God to stand against him?

Reunited with Mother and Uncle, twelve-year-old Lauren and her younger brothers, Aiden and Ethan, must light the Tower of Light in Blooming Glen to save Zoura. But the enemy stands in their way.

Like a battle cry in the dark, the fourth Towers of Light book signals the importance of putting on the whole armor of God. You and your children will love this tale of faith and family.

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12):
Religion & Spirituality

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Award-Winning Children's book — Armor of God
Award-Winning Children's book — A Hidden Treasure in St. Augustine

A Hidden Treasure in St. Augustine
Written by MJ Hayes; Illustrated by Christine Cousart

A Hidden Treasure in St. Augustine is a book about friendship…and how a friend understands the mistakes of another. Learn the language of Pirates in this dialogue book, ages 5-11
Black Patch realized he was wrong, and his actions regained Corky’s friendship. When Corky’s money was taken by Black Patch, he understood the importance of how friendship overshadowed his pilfered money.
Black Patch realized the bond he had with Corky was like the stars… one doesn’t always see them, but they are always there.

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

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