Weekly roundup: Award-Winning Toys for Kids, Self-Improvement Books, Children’s Literature + More!! 03/13 – 03/19

WR 03/22 - Best Books, Best Toys, and Best Parenting Supplies

This week’s roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners features toys for kids, self-improvement books, children’s literature + 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 March 13, 2022 to March 19, 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 — Treasures Await! Adventure Ship

Treasures Await! Adventure Ship

Ahoy, matey! With two feet of play space, this mighty free-rolling vessel is ready for nonstop excitement! The snap-in captain and first mate can climb aboard the ship from the fold-down stairs, spin the ship’s steering wheel, hide the treasure chest, keep watch from the crow’s nests and lots more. There’s even a retractable anchor and a detachable rowboat with seats for the crew—for added adventure on the high seas! Ship measures 24″ in length. Not intended for use in water.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:

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Snoodles, Kidoodles, Poodles, and Lots and Lots of Noodles
Written by Steven Joseph; Illustrated by Andy Case

Out of a world where crankiness reigns and cars run on sauerkraut, comes an invention that changes everything: the SnoodleMobile, the brainchild of Herbie Snoodleman. Now cars are powered by noodles, and the delicious aroma produced fills everyone with happiness.

Snoodles, Kidoodles, Poodles and Lots and Lots of Noodles is a feel-good story for children age 5-10 that tastes and smells so good they will want more. Author Steven Joseph invites readers to enter a world where imagination can solve any challenge, and even the crankiest person can find happiness.

Children’s Picture Books:

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Award-Winning Children's book — Snoodles, Kidoodles, Poodles, and Lots and Lots of Noodles
Award-Winning Children's book — I Just Don't Know

I Just Don’t Know: A Story for Social/Emotional Soft Skills Learning
Written by Bobbie Match, Ken Fink; Illustrated by Alexandra Adlawan; Edited by Ken Fink

What does Stacey do when she doesn’t know the answer to a question her teacher’s asking her at group time? She takes the easy way out and makes up an absurd answer only to be laughed at and humiliated by her peers. Feeling embarrassed and ashamed, Stacey learns that it’s okay to not know an answer and that being honest about it can be very empowering!

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

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Chickens Don’t Ski: A Lily Saves the Day Book
Written and illustrated by Laura Willingham

Lily’s tenacity, resourcefulness, and creativity solves her family’s latest quandary.

This story takes on an adventurous twist as the family teams together to reach an end goal. Ultimately the theme represents the determination and fun a family can experience together.

Story takeaways: When there’s a will, there’s a way. When you fall, get back up.

“It’s not how you drive (or ski in this case), it’s how you arrive!”

Children’s Picture Books:
Animal Kingdom

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Award-Winning Children's book — Chickens Don't Ski
Award-Winning Children's book — Authentic Power

Authentic Power: Give Yourself Permission to Feel
Written by Ashley Bernardi

Whether it’s grief, despair, or anxiety, society will always find a way to label feelings as “messy.” But burying these reactions only leads to greater emotional turmoil. In the past, we have looked to self-help gurus like Gary Zukav, whose Seat of the Soul inspired Oprah Winfrey to help America process trauma. So why did that book resonate with her, and what does everyone still love about Oprah? It’s not that she’s rich or that she’s successful…it’s her authenticity. She taps into what she has described in her SuperSoul Sundays as Authentic Power: uniting all the pieces of herself so that she’s always bringing her whole self to everything she does. Oprah didn’t ignore her messy feelings: she shared them with America, and she processed and integrated them in order to tap into her own authentic power. She became her authentic self, which exudes from her in every second that you see her.

As the founder of a national media relations and publicity firm, Ashley has the privilege of access to many of the world’s leading experts in health and wellness who offered healing and hope with her personal challenges—a rich collection of top doctors, neurologists, psychologists, nutritionists, coaches, spiritualists, and others. She shares their profound wisdom so that you can build hope during your times of struggle.

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A Lovebird Named Lucy
Written by Jaklen Alkyan; Illustrated by Victoria Johnson

Love comes in all shapes and sizes. This story is about how I lost and then found my lovebird, Lucy. Every person has a unique relationship with their pets. To some of us, our pets are our best friends. To others, they are like children. One thing we all have in common is that our pets are precious and loved members of the family. My love for Lucy was just that. It began the day I met her and developed into a very special bond.

On a visit with my parents in Turlock, California, while Lucy and I were in the backyard, she got out of her cage and flew away! I was devastated and immediately began searching for her. Fortunately, with tears of joy, Lucy and I were reunited!

A Lovebird Named Lucy is based on a true story. It is the tale of how we met; how she was lost, then found. It tells of our deep bond and the community effort to find her and bring her home. Sadly, a short year after Lucy was found, she succumbed to cancer and I lost her again. It was then that I decided to write Lucy’s story; the story of a very special lovebird. I decided to write it from a child’s perspective, for children to enjoy. Through my story, may Lucy fly again into the hearts of others.

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

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Award-Winning Children's book — A Lovebird Named Lucy

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