Weekly Roundup: Puzzles, Self-Improvement Books, Baby Products + More!! 07/17 – 07/23

WR 07/26- Best Books, Best Toys, and Best Parenting Supplies

This week’s roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners features puzzles, self-improvement books, baby products & 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 July 17, 2022 to July 23, 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 — Trekking the World Trivia

Trekking the World Trivia

From the Creators of the Trekking the World: This trivia game will help you learn amazing facts and tidbits about cultures from all around the world.

Great for All Ages! You don’t have to be a trivia buff to play this game. Any player can use smart guesstimation to play, learn, and win.

800+ Questions: Written by a world-renowned trivia expert, winner of both Jeopardy and The Weakest Link, who created family-friendly questions that work for both kids and adults.

Fun + Educational: Learn about countries all over the world in a fun and creative way. Appeals to a wide range of people.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Young Adults

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Trekking the World

A World Travel Game Your Friends and Family Will Instantly Love

A beautifully illustrated game celebrating the pleasures and wonders of world travel.

A perfect gift, perfect for families

Share your love of travel

Created by travel lovers

Raised over $250,000 on Kickstarter

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Adults

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Award-Winning Children's book — Trekking the World
Award-Winning Children's book — The Gecko Wireless Headphone

The Gecko Wireless Headphone

POGS is one of the few companies that has designed a headphone for kids *only*, instead of adapting an adult version for kids. They are durable and built to last, able to withstand kids’ usual playing habits. The headphones have a foldable design, meant to be packed away easily and taken along on any adventure. They have a padded and adjustable headband sizes that can accommodate as kids grow. We want to encourage kids’ connections to nature and have created our products with animals in mind. We named one ‘The Gecko’ because the wireless Bluetooth® connection lets kids climb around freely like a gecko, even with their headphones on, and another one ‘The Elephant’ because the wired connection keeps them grounded like an elephant. Our Frogbites clasp to the headphones and hold the fun nature-inspired accessories, called Doodas, to inspire kids to make their headphones truly theirs. The bluetooth allows multiple headphones to be connected to the same device, allowing kids to stay connected in an isolating world. This connection is also available with ‘The Elephant’ wired headphone by connecting multiple headphones together with the easy-release cables. Our QuickSafe cables are fabric, anti-tangle, and release from headphones with a small pull so parents can feel safe with younger kids. All headphones come with microphones so video games and phone calls are also available. Last but not least, all of our products are non-toxic, hypo-allergenic and vegan!

Audio Experiences:
Ages 5 to 8

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The First 12 Days of Preschool: Reading, Singing, and Dancing Can Prepare Kiddos and Parents! *Sing-Along Song and Video Included*
Written by Jeanette Crystal Bradley; Illustrated by Anna Fox

Preschool is a big step, for kids and parents alike, but getting prepared can be just as fun as your family’s new adventure will be! The First 12 Days of Preschool invites you to join new animal friends as they learn valuable preschool lessons in an irresistible sing-along book by 25-year veteran educator (and smile creator) Jeanette Crystal Bradley.

The charmingly brilliant combination of pictures, words, and music will stay with your kiddo throughout the day, and with each read ( or song and dance solo if that’s their thing!) they’ll feel more prepared for everything new and exciting that’s coming their way! The First 12 Days of Preschool also supports the Olivia Hudson Foundation, which funds pediatric brain cancer research, helps families in financial need, and increases awareness of brain cancer in children.

Children’s Picture Books:
Growing Up / Personal Growth

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Award-Winning Children's book — The First 12 Days of Preschool
Award-Winning Children's book — The Elegant Emu

The Elegant Emu
Written by Karen M. Bobos; Illustrated by Emily Hercock; Edited by Laraleigh Moffitt

The magical sisters are enrolled in an etiquette class when their manners are not fit for the king and queen of the enchanted land of Harmony. Can Elizabeth the Emu help the royal sisters?

In the beautiful and peaceful land of Harmony, three magical sisters and royal daughters of the land, uproot the kingdom’s tranquility with some not-so-polite actions —nose-picking, belching, and other noisy…expulsions. Their parents, the King and Queen, enroll the sisters in the elegant Elizabeth the Emu’s etiquette class where they learn manners and other ways to self-improve like being on time, politeness, and proper personal hygiene.

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

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Stranded in Snow Shoe: prequel to Summer of Two Worlds
Written by J. Arthur Moore

Stranded in Snow Shoe is the prequel to Summer of Two Worlds, the story of an eleven- year-old boy born white, prairie orphaned at three, raised by a Sioux warrior, then returned by his father to the world of his birth when life as he knew it was destroyed by historic violence.
Scot Robinson was a friend of his who helped him start over in the white man’s world by putting him in touch with a
friend of his who had helped him when he was lost and in need.

Stranded in Snow Shoe is Scot’s story in which he arrives in Snow Shoe in the spring of 1880 in search of his uncle who is supposed to care for him until he can join his pa, a government surveyor, working somewhere in the west. His mother is back east in a hospital, chronically sick, so it’s up to Uncle Hank Fillmore to care for the boy until his pa is settled in his next assignment. But Uncle Hank has no idea the boy is coming..

Young Adult Books:
Fiction – General

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Award-Winning Children's book — Stranded in Snow Shoe
Award-Winning Children's book — Shrieks and Sounds and Things Abound!

Shrieks and Sounds and Things Abound!: (The Quiet Wants of Julien J.)
Written by Dr. Drew Palacio; Illustrated by Ms. Apolline Etienne; Edited by Mr. Robert Pruett; Ms. Grace V. Ball, Ms. Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ DeWitt

Young Julien’s favorite thing to do is to hunker down under a big oak tree and read about his comic book hero, Bluebullet. But when chirps and caws and buzzing interrupt his quiet reading time, Julien boils over in frustration. How can he calm himself down? Author and clinical psychologist Dr. Drew Palacio brings an entertaining and clever story about dealing with big feelings with his new rhyming picture book, Shrieks and Sounds and Things Abound.

With school over and homework done, Julien reads his treasured comic book, Bluebullet (Issue 161), under the oak tree in quiet solitude. Well, that is until the sounds of a crow drag his attention away from his hero squaring off against his arch villain, Slime Sage. Annoyed, Julien tries to refocus back to the comic but he is quickly interrupted once again by noisy bumblebees buzzing around him.

Children’s Picture Books:
Growing Up / Personal Growth

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Oil Babies Gift Set (Sooth Teething Oil, Sweet Dreams Massage Oil and Clean Baby Wash)

Soothing teething irritation safely and effectively, without sugars or alcohols found in most teething gels. Our certified pure therapeutic grade blend is safe for all ages. When you just need a little soothing comfort.

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

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Award-Winning Children's book — Oil Babies Gift Set (Sooth Teething Oil, Sweet Dreams Massage Oil and Clean Baby Wash)
Award-Winning Children's book — Naturepedic Breathable Organic Crib mattress

Naturepedic Breathable Organic Crib mattress

The Naturepedic Organic Breathable 2-Stage Lightweight Mattress combines every safety feature you could ever want in one crib mattress. An excellent choice for parents seeking to eliminate potentially harmful chemicals and allergens. Made from organic and non-toxic materials, it will provide a more natural, healthier and comfortable sleep environment. Features include a luxurious organic cotton cover, organic cotton fill, seamless waterproof edges, 2-stage dual firmness, edge support, and a patented easy-to-clean waterproof surface. The breathable layer is removable and washable and also acts as a built-in mattress protector. This mattress is lightweight for easy sheet changes.

Gear & Accessories:
Bedding & Room Decor

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My Anxiety is Messing Things Up: Navigating Friendships Book Series
Written by Jennifer Licate; Illustrated by Suzanne Beaky; Edited by Erin Green

Oscar is a perfectionist with an anxiety problem. He puts pressure on himself to excel in everything he does. But all his accomplishments come at a price…Oscar is wracked with anxiety. He’s so afraid of falling short of expectations or disappointing his parents, his teachers and his pals, he can’t sleep. The more sleep he loses, the moodier and more irritable he becomes. Exhausted and stressed, Oscar lashes out at his best buddies. Now his anxiety is topped with feelings of guilt and shame. When a caring teacher notices Oscar’s distress, she invites him to join a school support group for students who struggle with anxiety. What will he do? My Anxiety is Messing Things Up examines the emotional and physical toll anxiety has on kids, as well as the empowering strategies they can use to calm their worries.

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12):
Self-Improvement

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Award-Winning Children's book — My Anxiety is Messing Things Up
Award-Winning Children's book — Momcozy Breastfeeding Seamless Wireless Nursing Bras

Momcozy Breastfeeding Seamless Wireless Nursing Bras

Thinner edge, thinner fabric, thinner touch, also a thinner motherhood for moms. For months/weeks pregnancy or breastfeeding stage, seamless and wireless dressing takes “weight” away from your body, as the “weight” from your motherhood.

1. Soft and Stretchy
Super stretchy with 58.4% nylon and 41.6% spandex fabric, this bra picks no body or breast shape to bring super comfy wearing.

2. For Weeks/months
Pregnancy
Extender straps allow more room for size fluctuation for body and breast, to suit through the whole stage of pregnancy or after birth.

3. One Click-on/off
One hand operation, one click fast on/off to nurse when the baby demands. Save troubles of change between nursing bra and normal bra, it works as a combination of both.

4. Flattering Support
“W” shape supports well for the full-busted when pregnancy hormone plays its role, to prevent breast sagging or stretch marks.

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

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McLaren Scooter McS03

Created for children ages 9 to 16, the McLaren Scooter McS03 is equipped with an adjustable t-bar and front-wheel suspension system. Max weight – 220 Lbs (100 kg)
Equiped with the Anti-slide surface on the deck and front suspension system for safe travels in any conditions.
Front-wheel suspension system allows children to keep a safe distance while riding.
Stylish wheels to ensure children ride in extreme comfort while making a statement.
McLaren Senna-Inspired Wheel Design give little ones the same luxury feeling adults experience when they look at the outside of a McLaren vehicle.

Gear & Accessories:
Sports / Outdoor

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Award-Winning Children's book — McLaren Scooter McS03
Award-Winning Children's book — McLaren Scooter McS02

McLaren Scooter McS02

Engineered for children ages 5 to 8, the McLaren Scooter McS02 is appointed with an adjustable t-bar, anti-slide surface, back brake, and stylish wheels.
Max weight 130 Lbs (60 kg)
Anti-slide surface on the deck for safe travels in any conditions. Back brake allows for instant stopping so little ones can remain safe no matter where their adventures may take them. McLaren Senna-Inspired Wheel Design
give little ones the same luxury feeling adults experience when they look at the outside of a McLaren vehicle.

Gear & Accessories:
Sports / Outdoor

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McLaren Scooter McS01

Designed for toddlers 3 to 5 years old, this three-wheeled scooter is the ideal height and size to fit your child perfectly. They’ll be gliding around with confidence and having fun in no time with this agile scooter. Also it will give them a glimpse into the McLaren experience. An experience that revolves around luxury, learning, and fun
Max weight 110 Lbs (50 kg)
Main features:
– Adjustable T-bar features several height settings to seamlessly adapt to children as they grow.
– Lean to steer system teaches little ones how to ride and turn with complete condence.
– Anti-slide surface on the deck and front suspension system for safe travels in any conditions.

Gear & Accessories:
Sports / Outdoor

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Award-Winning Children's book — McLaren Scooter McS01
Award-Winning Children's book — Jolene: Adventures of a Junk Food Queen

Jolene: Adventures of a Junk Food Queen
Written by Alexa Palmer, Catharine Kaufman; Illustrated by John Martinez, Hayden Mills

Jolene loves junk food. She loves it so much she wears red licorice in her hair–and pink taffy underwear! The Munch Bunch calls her “The Junk Food Queen.” Then, one night in her dreams, she meets a bunch of cool characters who take her on an incredible, edible journey into a world of juicy fruits, super salads and yummy smoothies.

Children’s Picture Books:
Cooking & Food

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iHDoc® Probiotics for Kids Chewable Tablets

iHDoc® Probiotics for Kids Chewable Tablets is formulated with most scientifically proven and effective probiotics for children who suffer from allergy and eczema.

It contains the world’s #1 documented probiotic LGG strain with over 1000 publications which includes preterm infants to school-age children. It was awarded by European EFSA with functional claim to improve “defense against intestinal pathogens”.

It also formulated with #1 Bifidobacterium Breve probiotics for prevention and treatment of pediatric diseases. It can colonize more effectively and improve the intestinal microbiota of children.

iHDoc® Probiotics for Kids Chewable Tablets contains only safe and effective ingredients published by FDA and GRAS. It is loved by customers of all ages, recommended by pediatricians, with delicious apple flavor, and do not contain any preservatives, artificial flavors, or colors.

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Award-Winning Children's book — iHDoc® Probiotics for Kids Chewable Tablets
Award-Winning Children's book — I Lost my BFF

I Lost my BFF: Navigating Friendships Book Series
Written by Jennifer Licate; Illustrated by Suzanne Beaky; Edited by Erin Green

Sometimes, best friends forever isn’t forever. Sophia and Camila have been besties for years. They are inseparable! So imagine Sophia’s surprise when Camila starts spending more time with Christabel. Sophia is heartbroken and she starts to wonder if she is losing her BFF. Sophia becomes jealous and confused because she could always count on Camila but now she can’t. Now she feels alone. Through honest conversations and open-mindedness, Sophia, Camila and Christabel, and Jewel soon learn that it’s okay for friends to have other good friends, and not everyone needs to like to do the same things all of the time. If they are kind and respectful toward one another, their friendship can grow and change. I Lost my BFF is a captivating story about jealousy and rejection within friendships, especially pre-teen and teenage girls.

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12):
Self-Improvement

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I Don’t Want to go to Preschool, The Fairy Queen calls…
Written by Cynthia Kern OBrien; Illustrated by Rosemarie Gillen; Edited by Lisa Michaels

Good things can come from new experiences! The anxiety and emotion of going to school for the first time is normal, Parents can help ease the transition by implementing some creative strategies.
Share the Fairy Queen’s “Get-To-Do” list with Preschoolers and Kindergartners to jumpstart the excitement of learning, meeting new friends and creating new adventures! With a sprinkle of fairy dust your Preschoolers will be ready to join the fun.
This book quickly earned a Five Star Readers Favorite Award, a 1st Place Royal Dragonfly Award for the Parenting Category as well a Royal Dragonfly Winner in the Picture Books 5 & Younger category. A Story Monsters Approved Winner in the School Life Category, Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorite, American Fiction Awards Finalist and American Book Fest Parenting and Family recommended.
This beautiful book comes to life with illustrations from award-winning artist, Rosemarie Gillen

Children’s Picture Books:
Growing Up / Personal Growth

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Award-Winning Children's book — I Don't Want to go to Preschool, The Fairy Queen calls...
Award-Winning Children's book — Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo & Body Wash

Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo & Body Wash

Dr. Eddie’s Happy Cappy Medicated Shampoo and Body Wash, known as “A Pediatrician’s Solution,” fights flaking, redness, itching, scaling, and irritation on the scalp and skin for children of all ages. These bothersome symptoms are known as dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. 1 in 3 children under the age of 5 are affected by this condition.

Many people refer to seborrheic dermatitis as “cradle cap.” Pediatricians regularly recommend adult dandruff shampoos for this condition because they contain an active ingredient to control seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff. Until now there was no children’s seborrheic dermatitis shampoo and body wash.

Happy Cappy is the first OTC (Over The Counter) shampoo and body wash made specifically for children of all ages with active ingredient, pyrithione zinc, which has been proven safe and effective for many decades for relief of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. It also contains the natural ingredient Licorice Root Extract to help soothe redness behind ears, under armpits, and in neck folds.

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

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Dusty’s Big Oops!
Written by Tammy Fortune; Illustrated by Pieter Els, Nika Pieterse; Edited by Joanna Jarc Robinson

When a nervous dog attends Pet Day at school, what could possibly go wrong?

It’s Pet Day at Danny’s school and his dog, Dusty, is very nervous! What if Dusty makes a mistake in front of the other pets? When the good-hearted pup has a tail-wagging mishap, classroom chaos ensues as the other animals are accidentally released from their cages. Can Dusty fix his “oops” and calm his anxiety?

Children’s Picture Books:
Developing Social Skills

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Award-Winning Children's book — Dusty's Big Oops!
Award-Winning Children's book — Dusty and Friends Coloring and Activity Book About Friendship

Dusty and Friends Coloring and Activity Book About Friendship
Written by Tammy Fortune; Illustrated by Pieter Els, Nika Pieterse; Edited by Joanna Jarc Robinson

Dusty and his wonderful animal and human companions are back in this fun and entertaining activity book with important social-emotional learning themes.

Fans of the rollicking picture book Dusty’s Big Oops! will be delighted to revisit the book’s friendly characters in this 63-page activity and coloring book designed to promote themes of friendship and social skills through fun and informative coloring pages and activities, including:

mazes and puzzles
crack the codes, and word finds
spot the difference and connect the dots
writing activities and crosswords
how to draw and matching games
unscrambles and more!

Parents and educators of children ages five to eleven in grades kindergarten through third grade can use Dusty & Friends Activity Book as a tool to teach and reinforce skills such as playing fair, concern for others, conflict resolution, conversation skills, listening skills, problem-solving, fine motor, writing, alphabet and number skills, and visual discrimination.

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Activities, Crafts & Hobbies ( Includes Puzzles & Games)

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Dear Momma…
Written by Dr Catherine Murphy; Illustrated by Ira Baykovska

Dear Momma… is a story about a mother’s journey with breastfeeding. Paired with heartwarming illustrations, this book captures the sweet, raw emotions of new motherhood with a message of empowerment. It is written in a format that both adults and children can understand, connect with, and appreciate.

Dear Momma… is also the perfect gift for:
• new moms
• moms struggling on their breastfeeding journey
• moms making tough decisions about their baby’s tongue tie/ tethered oral tissues
• moms in need of the reminder that their maternal intuition may whisper, but is powerful
• moms that struggled feeding their baby or babies
• moms in need of a virtual hug.

The story is written from the infant’s point of view. This journey from struggling to nurse to thriving is the story behind the story for the author. The author is an orthodontist on a mission to decrease the need for braces. The author, Dr. Catherine Murphy, is transforming her career. She views the crooked teeth as a symptom of an underlying cause, a cause that is often detectible early: mouth breathing. The pediatrician dismissed concerns regarding her son’s inability to breathe through his nose. The pediatrician replied, “Some kids are just like that. You’re a geriatric mom who worries too much. Go home and enjoy your child.”

Children’s Picture Books:
Health & Safety

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Award-Winning Children's book — Dear Momma...
Award-Winning Children's book — Ardo Alyssa breast pump

Ardo Alyssa breast pump

Have you ever heard of power pumping? What is it and what does it do?

No, power pumping isn’t getting in reps at the gym to build those biceps! Power pumping is getting reps in on your breast pump to increase your milk supply! Power pumping is a technique that’s designed to mimic cluster feeding, when your baby breastfeeds frequently throughout the day, which encourages your body to begin producing more milk.

Power pumping is a common technique used by many breast pumping mothers, but going about it can be confusing and overwhelming. To power pump correctly, have to follow a complicated power pumping schedule consisting of pumping for 20 minutes, resting for 20 minutes, pumping for 20 minutes, and so on and so forth…

With the Alyssa breast pump, we’ve eliminated the confusion of power pumping. Our Ardo Alyssa breast pump is the FIRST and ONLY breast pump in the world with The Personal Power Pump™ function that mimics cluster feeding to help increase your milk supply! With a push of a button, the Alyssa breast pump takes over the power pumping schedule that you would typically have to perform on your own. When the Power Pumping button is pushed, your Alyssa breast pump will automatically begin your power pumping session, consisting of three pumping phases and two pause/rest phases. While the duration of the pumping and pause phases is predefined, you can adjust the vacuum and cycle settings to your personal needs at any time. Our innovative power pumping function takes to stress out of power pumping and helps you increase your milk supply without the hassle of manually following a power pumping schedule.

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

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Am I Weird?: Navigating Friendships Book Series
Written by Jennifer Licate; Illustrated by Suzanne Beaky; Edited by Erin Green

Eva wants to belong but she feels like a middle school misfit. When Eva looks around school, she sees most people dress similarly and enjoy the same kinds of outdoor, sporty activities. When the other girls gather, they tolerate Eva but they sometimes snipe and gossip about things that make her uncomfortable. Eva wonders…am I weird? Eva begins to question everything about who she is. Can the love of her parents and the wisdom of her loyal friend, Isaiah, remind her that everyone is different and help her regain her sense of self-worth. Am I Weird? speaks to the not-so-hidden fears every middle schooler has about fitting in, feeling insecure and staying true to yourself even when it’s scary.

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12):
Self-Improvement

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Award-Winning Children's book — Am I Weird?

One Comment on “Weekly Roundup: Puzzles, Self-Improvement Books, Baby Products + More!! 07/17 – 07/23”

  1. i think my daughter would of appreciated the Dear Momma…book,,she had such a hard time breastfeeding

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