Weekly roundup: Parenting Books, Toddler Games, Children’s Clothing + More!! 07/24 – 07/30

WR 08/02- Best Books, Best Toys, and Best Parenting Supplies

This week’s roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners features parenting books, toddler games, children’s clothing & 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 24, 2022 to July 30, 2022.

Award-Winning Children's book — Zen Parenting

Zen Parenting: Caring for Ourselves and Our Children in an Unpredictable World
Written by Cathy Cassani Adams

“There are few parenting books that hit the mark and this is one of them! This book will give you the real-time tools and awareness to foster a deep and meaningful connection with yourself and your children. A powerful addition to your library! Highly recommended!” – Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Author of The Conscious Parent and A Radical Awakening

The host of the top ranked Zen Parenting podcast and mother of three reveals a calmer, more self-aware parenting approach for parents to effectively teach and support their children in this changing and unpredictable world.
We can’t always plan for what’s next—that’s been made more and more clear in the past few years. The truth is that life is never predictable, especially as parents. What is possible is your unlimited capacity for compassion, and caring—for yourself and for your children. As you navigate the uncertainty with openness and humility, you find the clarity, connection and community that is Zen Parenting.

Using the seven chakras, therapist Cathy Cassani Adams discusses parenting issues such as school pressure, self-care, emotional intelligence, mental health, sexuality and gender, and more, while offering concrete examples and strategies to help you wake up to your life as a parent:

Chakra One—The Right to Be: Establish your physical, emotional, and mental foundation
Chakra Two—The Right to Feel: Practice creativity and how to access your emotions
Chakra Three—The Right to Act: Establish a sense of self for yourself and your kids
Chakra Four—The Right to Love and Be Loved: Experience openheartedness, empathy, and compassion
Chakra Five—The Right to Speak and Hear Truth: Discover genuine and meaningful communication
Chakra Six—The Right to See: Explore mindfulness, meditation, and your own intuition
Chakra Seven—The Right to Know: Connect to something greater than yourself

“In a world where parents too often feel unsure, judged, or overwhelmed, Zen Parenting gives us a way forward filled with substance and commonsense wisdom. I think this is a wonderful book for any parent!”
—ROSALIND WISEMAN, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, founder of Cultures of Dignity

Adult Books:
Parenting – General

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Techno Gears – Monster Truck 2.0 (50+ pcs)

The Techno Gears sets are the perfect way to encourage youngsters to build! With 50+ colorful construction pieces, a power motor, and more, this kit includes everything your vehicle-enthusiast needs to build their own moving and working monster truck! The mechanics of these Techno Gear sets include gears and will introduce and allow them to experience the science of gear ratio. These products align with and support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math standards). Requires two “AA” batteries (not included). Ages 6-12 years.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 5 to 8

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Award-Winning Children's book — Techno Gears - Monster Truck 2.0 (50+ pcs)
Award-Winning Children's book — Simple to Sign books

Simple to Sign books: Baby board books written in English to rhyme when signed
Written by Laura Blum; Illustrated by Amanda Tolle, Larry Laskowski, Stephanie Belshe, Malvana Ramborger; Edited by Laura Blum

If you can play peek-a-boo you can learn ASL too! Sign language is an amazing language accessible to babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that 1:5 children will have a language delay. Harvard University recently studied baby gestures and found that the gestures a baby makes at 10 months old is a better indicator of language acquisition than counting how many words a baby says at 18 months! What does this mean? The more you sign and gesture with your baby, the stronger foundation for better language and learning outcomes for your child’s future. Our books are designed to be simple to sign. Don’t know the signs? No Problem! Each book has a QR code caregivers can and watch a short video to learn the signs from a Deaf Mentor. Our books are also illustrated by Deaf artist! Learning ASL signs that are paired up in rhymes makes learning ASL fun and easy to remember.

Children’s Picture Books:
Basic Concepts

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Ollie Jay Apparel

Ollie Jay is based in Miami, FL and was launched in 2019 by owner + designer, Michelle; and we have been creating children’s clothing (and an occasional Mommy + Me look) ever since!

We strive to create quality pieces as unique as your whimsical child. Our favorite part of the design process is collaborating with local artists and pattern makers to create exclusive designs that are made to be treasured.

Shop with us online or at one of over 300 local children’s boutiques across the US, Canada and Europe.

Gear & Accessories:

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Award-Winning Children's book — Ollie Jay Apparel
Award-Winning Children's book — Lunii My Fabulous Story Teller

Lunii My Fabulous Story Teller

Lunii’s My Fabulous Storyteller is an interactive, scree-free storyteller designed to entertain, evoke imagination, develop vocabulary and support cognitive processes and critical thinking skills in children aged 3 – 8 years old. It is unique in that it engages the child directly in the story by encouraging the child to choose characters, places, object and more. Stories are available in multiple languages and can be created and shared by family members.

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Love Snaggs: A Little Dog’s Courageous Journey
Written by Melanie Joy Mezzancello; Edited by Melanie Joy Mezzancello

Meet Snaggs, the Yorkie mix. After his life on Earth is done, Snaggs crosses the Rainbow Bridge and wakes up in Summerland – the place our beloved pets and other animals go to after they die. Snaggs is determined to find a way back home to his family.
He courageously leaves the safety of the idyllic Garden of Souls and embarks on a fantastical journey in his quest to Spire Mountain where he seeks Shaman the old ram who, according to legend, can help Snaggs rejoin his family back on Earth. Along the way he forges friendships with other animals, such as a ring-tailed lemur, a mountain lion and a giant pterodactyl. Getting back requires a dangerous trek to the kingdom of the dragons, where unbeknownst to Snaggs and his diverse band of allies, there is a revolution brewing and a prophecy that is about to come full circle.

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

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Award-Winning Children's book — Love Snaggs
Award-Winning Children's book — Little Lovable Lucy's Big Day

Little Lovable Lucy’s Big Day
Written by Norma E. Roth, Shayna Rose Penn; Illustrated by Adua Hernandez

It’s a big day for little Lucy. She’s going to her forever home! Lucy’s excited, but she’s also nervous. Even her tail hides between her legs. Will Lucy’s new family like her? Will Lucy like her new family? This delightful, tender story helps children process new beginnings and the emotions accompanying them. This is an ideal book for any child starting a new experience and for parents or educators looking to celebrate family bonds.

Children’s Picture Books:
Growing Up / Personal Growth

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Keep Chasing Your Dreams – and You’ll Get Treats!
Written by Patricia A. Brill, PhD; Illustrated by Curt Walstead

Keep Chasing Your Dreams and You’ll Get Treats! offers parents an opportunity to teach their children there is nothing more rewarding than the feeling of working hard to achieve their dreams. The intent of this book is to encourage parents to build confidence and optimism to help their children overcome obstacles that may come into their path and lead to achievement.

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

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Award-Winning Children's book — Keep Chasing Your Dreams - and You'll Get Treats!
Award-Winning Children's book — Kaya Finds Her Home

Kaya Finds Her Home
Written and illustrated by Lauren Zurcher

An African leopard named Kaya spends most of her time in the trees, hiding from intruders. She struggles to find comfort in her home, and taking a risk may be the only solution.

Learn more about Kaya’s story and get a chance to see a picture of this real and clever leopard.

Children’s Picture Books:
Animal Kingdom

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Glowies – Fireflies

Glowies Fireflies. Your sleeping companion!

Introducing Glowies Fireflies—a soft, plush friend that helps your little one drift off to sleep. These furry critters come equipped with a built-in timer that automatically shuts off after 30 minutes. They also play a series of lullabies and relaxing sounds to create a peaceful sleep moment for your child. But the best part? They glow in the dark and work as a night light, so your kiddo can drift off to sleep surrounded by a starry sky of soft, reassuring light.

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Award-Winning Children's book — Glowies - Fireflies
Award-Winning Children's book — Clover the Rainbow Smoothies

Clover the Rainbow Smoothies

Clover Sonoma, a third-generation family-owned and operated dairy and Certified B Corporation®, launched the Clover the Rainbow line — empowering kids with creative flavors and quality nutrition. Designed to teach kids about eating the rainbow of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet, Clover the Rainbow debuts with three organic yogurt smoothies: Strawberry Carrot, Blueberry Beet, and Strawberry Banana Butternut. Each smoothie is a good source of protein and calcium, has billions of probiotics to help support gut health, is made with real fruit and veggies, and has no artificial flavors or sweeteners. Clover the Rainbow organic smoothies are also the only American Humane Certified smoothies in the dairy aisle.

Clover the Rainbow brings whole nutrition from dairy, fruits, and vegetables, into an exciting and flavorful experience. For kids of all ages, whole nutrition means getting the right nutrients from high-quality sources. Clover Sonoma believes organic dairy is about as good as it gets — along with limited ingredients, low sugar, high calcium, and the right ratio of carbs to protein. Whole foods including fruits and vegetables play an important role too.

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BeeCure Anti-Itch Lotion

HONEY FOR ITCH RELIEF: Due to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of raw honey, BEECure Anti-Itch Cream soothes the skin and reduces itching, inflammation, redness, dryness and rashes. EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF MEDICAL-GRADE BUCKWHEAT HONEY: Studies have shown that dark Buckwheat Honey has higher anti-inflammatory and higher antioxidant properties to Manuka Honey, making it superior for anti-itch relief. BEECure anti-itch cream is one of the only products in the U.S. market that uses medical-grade Dark Buckwheat Honey in skincare. NATURAL INGREDIENTS: Along with powerful Buckwheat Honey and Calendula, other natural nutrients in BeeCure Anti-Itch Cream include Jojoba Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Rosemary Leaf Extract, and Willow Bark Extract. These natural nutrients deeply nourish and hydrate Itchy skin. SANMELIX LABORATORIES: Named winner of Stevie Award in Health & Pharmaceuticals products, at the 2021 19th Annual American Business Awards, for its line of BeeCure products. The company was co-founded by a Harvard-trained surgeon with over 30 years of experience. BeeCure has also been awarded winner of 2021 Mom’s Choice Awards.

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

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Award-Winning Children's book — BeeCure Anti-Itch Lotion
Award-Winning Children's book — Be You Big

Be You Big
Written by Raven Howell; Illustrated by Anke Rappen; Edited by Callie Metler

“Be you big, be you small, be you short, be you tall…”

Words to inspire living, learning, and blooming in our own remarkable ways, Be You Big motivates children to embrace themselves just as they are, celebrating self-acceptance and beauty in uniqueness.

A lyrical encouragement to blossom like a flower, stand as rugged as a mountain, or float about calm as the sea to incite a joyous heart.

Children’s Picture Books:
Inspirational / Motivational

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Atlas and the Multiverse: Seeking Courage
Written by Chandon Siman


On Atlas’s first day of middle school in Boise, Idaho, a mysterious voice lures him and then appears to him, leaving him with a single clue: Find Dr. Faraday! With the help of his foster siblings Lilou and Nico, Atlas goes on a quest into the Multiverse to discover the truth about his father’s whereabouts. Their adventure takes them to countless new realms, where they encounter various characters — some friends and some foes — and through courage, overcome a series of challenges as they race to uncover the mysteries of family, friendship, and loyalty.

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

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Award-Winning Children's book — Atlas and the Multiverse

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