Weekly roundup: Award-Winning Book Series, Children’s Picture Books, Games for Kids + More!! 04/03 – 04/09

WR 04/12 - Best Books, Best Toys, and Best Parenting Supplies

This week’s roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners features a book series, children’s picture books, games 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 April 03, 2022 to April 09, 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 — Ultra Power Battle Game

Ultra Power Battle Game

What’s the best flippin’ game of the year? The new Ultra Power Battle Game from Expand Your Mind! The new game turns anywhere and everywhere into a battleground competition with its new collectible, trading token-flippin strategic battle game play.

The Ultra Power Battle Game (double pack $14.99 for 2 or more players ages 5+) comes with two battle bands (wrist wraps) adorned with a power dial, and 12 mystery ultra-power tokens. Each token is a double-sided, thick glossy coated flat round disc that fits neatly on the wrist band flipping mechanism. Each side of the token has a different power or strength that players will risk in each flipping battle round. Additional Ultra Power Battle Tokens (Booster Packs $4.99 each) are purchased separately as players build an arsenal from the 100 various tokens. In addition, players can collect and trade battle bands (sold separately) that come in 72 different color combinations.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 5 to 8

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THE HEART OF A LION: AND THE BODY OF A CAT
Written by Shani T. Night; Illustrated by Reggie Howard

A beautiful 79-page picture book you will enjoy from beginning to end. Any reader can relate to the journey and apply the message and lessons learned to their life. The book is inspirational for all readers.

The Heart of a Lion was written for kids dealing with health issues. The story is inspired by one girl’s health journey and her desire to be brave through it all while dealing with and learning to manage Sickle Cell Anemia Disease.

The Heart of a Lion will inspire people who have special needs or health issues to persevere in the face of challenges and accomplish their goals. The book was written to inspire and bring awareness and Inclusion. Those familiar with Shani’s work will not be surprised by the power of this story. It illustrates lessons in a way that children living with chronic illness can easily understand and apply to their own lives.

You will be proud of the little lion in this story and the journey to do what appeared impossible. The journey shows Bravery, Courage, and Determination. Awareness and Inclusion start when we start sharing stories that help us understand the lives of others around us. So get ready to cheer on the little lion.

Children’s Picture Books:
Inspirational / Motivational

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Award-Winning Children's book — THE HEART OF A LION
Award-Winning Children's book — Opossums to the Rescue

Opossums to the Rescue
Written by Gina Gallois; Illustrated by Aleksandra Bobrek; Edited by Lor Bingham

Mama Opossum awakens to count her 10 sleeping babies – but wait! Eleven? That can’t be right! A baby mouse has snuggled in with the joeys. She must be lost.

Young readers are invited to join the Opossum Family in their quest to find Baby Mouse’s family by comparing her features to the animals they meet. Does Baby Mouse have long ears like rabbits? Strong claws like moles? A flickering tongue like a snake?

Each page is a new adventure as families and classes can discuss similarities and differences between the different animals they see. Children can also seek and find a different tiny hidden creature on each page: beetles, ladybugs, snails, fish, etc.

Opossums to the Rescue is also available in French: Les opossums à la rescousse.

Opossum Opposites is the first book in the Awesome Opossum Stories series and is a book of nonfiction, all about the lives and habits of opossums. Opossum Opposites is available in English, French and Spanish.

Children’s Picture Books:
Animal Kingdom

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Opossum Opposites
Written by Gina Gallois; Illustrated by Aleksandra Bobrek

Trash cats? Dumpster divers? Rodents of unusual size?
Those are just a few of the unkind names we call opossums. If you’re not already a fan of possums, this book will change your mind and melt your heart.
Parents and kids love the playful rhymes, adorably realistic illustrations, and fun factoids in Opossum Opposites.
Which endearing trait will make you fall in love with possums?

Children’s Picture Books:
Animal Kingdom

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Award-Winning Children's book — Opossum Opposites
Award-Winning Children's book — Opossum Disco

Opossum Disco: A Night Out With Alphabet Action Verbs
Written by Gina Gallois; Illustrated by Aleksandra Bobrek; Edited by Lor Bingham, Tamara Rittershaus

Dance the night away with the Opossum Family and all of their nocturnal friends in this action verb packed rhyming story.

Enjoy a dynamic story with a whole cast of forest creatures.
Discover action verbs for each letter of the alphabet.
Find the little green frog on each page.
Act out the story to reinforce learning.

Opossum Disco is the fourth book in the Awesome Opossum Stories Series, an engaging, educational series of children’s books by Gina Gallois and Aleksandra Bobrek. Written for children ages 3-8 with FREE printable activities to accompany reading & learning. Available soon in French & Opossum Opposites is available in Spanish, too!

Children’s Picture Books:
Bedtime Stories

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Mama Opossum’s Misadventures
Written by Gina Gallois; Illustrated by Aleksandra Bobrek; Edited by Lor Bingham

Where are all the joeys?

Mama Opossum needs a helper to find her 10 little joeys before sunrise! All the opossum joeys ride along with Mama to find food, but when Mama stumbles and falls, all 10 joeys roll off in a different direction.

When you help Mama find her babies, you’ll also meet a whole village of other nocturnal animals along the way.

This sweet imaginative story makes a perfect companion to the first book in the series, Opossum Opposites.

Children’s Picture Books:
Animal Kingdom

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Award-Winning Children's book — Mama Opossum's Misadventures
Award-Winning Children's book — LOVE ME ON PURPOSE

LOVE ME ON PURPOSE: Seventh in Hetty Series
Written and illustrated by Martha Sears West

In this tender and humorous love story, Pippa comes home from college to find her childhood friend Val is no longer a little boy. Pippa feels both confused and thrilled a the change in him. At sixteen, he handles tragedy with wisdom and maturity. If Val declares his love, will it destroy the friendship they treasure?

Young Adult Books:
Fiction – General

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Echidna Shuffle

Introduce your family to Echidna Shuffle, voted Fan Favorite Family Game of the Year at Origins 2019. Easy to learn, and with large, colorful bugs, stumps, and echidnas, kids will find the game irresistible. The adults will enjoy it too, wanting to play yet another game after the kids have gone to bed. Just move the twelve echidna figurines around the board. When an echidna lands on your pick up space, a bug of your color jumps on and rides on the echidna’s back until it reaches its home stump. The first player to get all three bugs home wins. Beautifully produced, simple, addictive.

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Award-Winning Children's book — Echidna Shuffle
Award-Winning Children's book — Eating These Foods Makes Me...

Eating These Foods Makes Me…
Written by Kalifa Rodriguez M.Sc, RD, CBS; Illustrated by Madeleine Migallos

Is your kid a picky eater? Do you want your child to enjoy eating a variety of foods? Reading can be a proactive way to introduce your little one to the amazing world of nutrition! In this book, readers will explore healthy foods and learn how key nutrients benefit the body. These pages repeat positive affirmations that will empower and build your child’s mindfulness about the foods they eat.

It is never too early to instill life-long healthy eating habits. Happy reading! Or should I say, happy eating!

Children’s Picture Books:

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Billy the Bully | Billy El Intimidador
Written by Sharon Linen-Fordham, Kierra Linen; Illustrated by Azizriiper; Edited by Self

5 STAR Reviews from Readers’ Favorite! Dedicated to ALL who are/were victims of bullying. In Billy the Bully, Addy is sad because she has been made to feel other than her classmates by a bully named Billy who tells her that she looks funny and makes fun of her. Addy’s mom later explains to her that sometimes kids bully because they might be hurting inside, and they take out those feelings on other people. Addy’s friends are supportive of her, even when Billy continues his mean streak. But the tide turns when Billy has a tragic accident and Addy and her classmates are able to put the past behind them and show Billy what selflessness and a true friend are.

Children’s Picture Books:
Developing Social Skills

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Award-Winning Children's book — Billy the Bully | Billy El Intimidador
Award-Winning Children's book — A Friend For Milton

A Friend For Milton
Written by Laura Williams-Burke; Illustrated by Ashley Idell

When Milton’s owner leaves for work, Milton gets lonely and decides to look for the purrfect companion in his apartment building. But when no one meets his expectations, Milton starts to wonder, will he ever find a friend? A heartwarming story about cats and friendship.

Children’s Picture Books:
Domestic Animals & Pets

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