Weekly Roundup: Children’s Books, Kids’ Toys, Parenting Supplies + More!! 07/31 – 09/10

WR 09/13- Best Books, Best Toys, and Best Parenting Supplies

This week’s roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners features children’s books, kids’ toys, and 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 July 31, 2022 to September 10, 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 — Wipeout Helmet

Wipeout Helmet

Draw on, wipe off, draw again! From bikes to scooters or rollerblades to skateboards, one thing all kids need is protection from falls. Wipeout gear is so much fun that parents never need to nag their kids to wear it!

In addition to helmets and pads, Wipeout now offers a 22.5” long cruiser skateboard made of quality materials and perfectly sized for small skaters starting out, and the dry erase surface on the board’s bottom awaits a creative touch. Choose from three themed styles of the Wipeout Dry Erase Skateboard ($49.99): Lightning Bolt, Monsters or Rainbow. Included neon colored dry erase markers and stencils entice girls and boys to show off their personality and add a unique fun factor to all Wipeout products.

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What Do You Call YOUR Grandmother?
Written by Joan Ruddiman, EdD; Illustrated by Jo Ann Kairys

Do you know the origin of your grandmother’s special name? What Do You Call YOUR Grandmother is a charming avenue to stimulate conversations about YOUR special grandmother, but also promotes awareness of the many ways to address grandmothers from around the world, and around the diverse United States. This is every family’s story: How DID grandmother get her name? And an engaging way to explore the many wonderful names for “grandmother” to help children make connections with their friends and acquaintances.

Children’s Picture Books:
Family Life
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Award-Winning Children's book — What Do You Call YOUR Grandmother?
Award-Winning Children's book — What Do You Call YOUR Grandfather?

What Do You Call YOUR Grandfather?
Written by Joan Ruddiman, EdD; Illustrated by Jo Ann Kairys; Edited by Joan Ruddiman, EdD

A companion book to “What Do You Call YOUR Grandmother,” as might be relevant for a family. A loving dad answers his young son’s questions about how their grandfathers got their names as they share other special grandfather names they know from friends and family. This charming scene is intended to encourage children and their reading partners to talk about their own special grandfather names, and to discover beautiful grandfather names from around this country and the world, which inspires making connections with friends and classmates.

Children’s Picture Books:
Family Life
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Washable Pop & Paint Watercolor Palette

Back with another less-mess paint set, the Washable Pop & Paint Watercolor Palette provides a unique all in one watercolor painting experience. Featuring 96 disposable watercolor paint chips, in 8 different colors, activate using water! Pop out the watercolor chips, place them in the palette and paint using the included refillable water brush. Parents will rejoice as the refillable water brush contains the mess, controls drops and spills and eliminates the need for a water cup. Included is a built-in cleaning pad that allows kids to clean the brush between colors and captures excess water.

Arts, Crafts & Hobbies: Ages 5 to 8
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Award-Winning Children's book — Washable Pop & Paint Watercolor Palette
Award-Winning Children's book — Warmies

Warmies

Warmies® has been providing soothing warmth and comfort to Moms and their little ones for over 25 years. Warmies are filled with natural flaxseed and real dried French lavender. Flaxseed has great heat retention characteristics and is wonderful as a filling in stuffed animals. Warmies uses the softest and finest fabrics, very luxurious and so nice to the touch. But the true secret of Warmies is French lavender. For centuries, lavender has been synonymous with tranquility, relaxation, serenity, soothing and calm. Warmies contain just the right amount of real, dried French lavender. We combine all these good things in a super cute stuffed animal, perfectly weighted for a great sensory experience and safe for all ages. Everyone LOVES Warmies !

Toys, Games & Puzzles: Toddlers
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Waddles the Duck: Hey, Wait for Me!
Written by Linda Wilson; Illustrated by Nancy Batra

Waddles the duck peeked out of his shell. His brothers and sisters were already following Mama Duck across the grass to the neighbor’s pool. Waddles hurried to catch up. Hey, wait for me! Poor Waddles. Last to reach the water . . . last to find food . . . last to stay out of danger. This duckling must catch up. But how?

Has your child ever felt left behind by older siblings or friends at school? Waddles is an entertaining story that will give children the courage to keep trying and never give up. At last, they will succeed, just like Waddles. At the end of the story, readers are encouraged to learn about mallard ducks and to feed waterfowl—and all wild animals—a natural diet.

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Award-Winning Children's book — Waddles the Duck
Award-Winning Children's book — Tie-Dye Color Chemistry Lab Set

Tie-Dye Color Chemistry Lab Set

Crayola is back with more STEAM fun in the all-new Tie Dye Color Chemistry Set! Packed with 50 fun and playful tie-dye experiments, kids can set up their own laboratory and learn how colors travels and transforms. From color kaleidoscope to tie-dye shockwaves and volcanoes, this STEAM set will bring colorful fun to learning.

Toys, Games & Puzzles: Ages 9 to 12
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The Panda Cub Swap
Written by Beth Bacon; Illustrated by Anne Belov

It takes a lot of work to bring a panda cub into the world. They are born with delicate pink skin, they’re unable to see, unable to walk—and even unable to go to the bathroom without help! It’s so much work that panda mamas can only take care of one cub at a time.

So when Zoo Atlanta’s beloved giant panda, Lun Lun, surprised everyone by having twins, the zoo staff had to pitch in. They made a plan to share parenting duties with Lun Lun. Every few hours the zoo staff swapped the cubs between Lun Lun and their workroom to make sure the cubs got equal time with mom. It was hard work, and Lun Lun didn’t even know she had twins!

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Award-Winning Children's book — The Panda Cub Swap
Award-Winning Children's book — The One and Only You!

The One and Only You!: How to Be Your Best, Truest, You-est You
Written by Nicole Jon Sievers; Illustrated by Darcy Cline; Edited by Ruth Matinko-Wald

At last, a book for tweens on learning to own and love being who you are–in all your messy, beautiful uniqueness!

Jam packed with fun illustrations, ample opportunities for self-exploration, and open spaces for creativity–THE ONE AND ONLY YOU! is an “emotions workbook” for kids in fourth through sixth grades. Topics include:

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12): Self-Improvement
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The Love Light
Written by Stephanie Mund; Illustrated by Marizan Ranisavljev

Inside of you is a light that can shine as bright as the day. But what happens when that light
starts to fade? Learn more about the light that fills us all in this heartwarming picture book
about being the light in your world.

THE LOVE LIGHT is a timeless story for parents and children alike about daring to be
themselves, doing what’s right, and how our actions affect others and the light inside
ourselves. A concrete tool for educators and parents to offer a new perspective into the
beauty in all of us from debut author Stephanie Mund.

Children’s Picture Books: Values & Life Lessons
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Award-Winning Children's book — The Love Light
Award-Winning Children's book — The Highlights Book of How

The Highlights Book of How: Discover the Science Behind How the World Works
Written by Highlights

The Highlights Book of How is the essential book of curiosity and wonder, integrating STEM content, experiments, and activities. This companion to the bestselling Highlights Book of Things to Do provides dozens of ways for kids age seven and up to explore and create while deepening their understanding of science.

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12): Activities, Crafts & Hobbies ( Includes Puzzles & Games)
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The Bible for Me: Bible Stories and Prayers
Written by Amy Parker, Mike Nawrocki; Illustrated by Taylor Thompson

Help your child to understand what God’s Word means to him or her with this fully illustrated and easy-to-read collection of 50 popular Bible stories, written by best-selling Christian children’s author Amy Parker and VeggieTales® co-creator Mike Nawrocki.

The Bible for Me: Bible Stories and Prayers is a new Bible storybook and the first title in The Bible for Me brand of related products for kids ages 4 to 8 from authors Amy Parker and Mike Nawrocki. The 50 stories are written and designed to share the story of God’s people and His love for each child in a way that is relevant and relatable to the reader.

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Religion & Spirituality
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Award-Winning Children's book — The Bible for Me
Award-Winning Children's book — Snapo Jr. First Builder's Kit (60 Pieces)

Snapo Jr. First Builder’s Kit (60 Pieces)

Snapo and Snapo Jr. were invented and designed on the principles that toys should be open-ended, foster creativity & imagination. It provides a truly unique and immersive building experience for children by removing the restrictions other blocks impose on creativity. By allowing children to build on all six sides of the block, Snapo allows children to build 3-D designs that traditional blocks simply won’t allow. By providing auditory connective feedback when Snapo blocks are connected they provide a rewarding and satisfying sound for builders.

Toys, Games & Puzzles: Toddlers
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Snapo Advanced Builders Kit (300 Pieces)

Snapo and Snapo Jr. were invented and designed on the principles that toys should be open-ended, foster creativity & imagination. It provides a truly unique and immersive building experience for children by removing the restrictions other blocks impose on creativity. By allowing children to build on all six sides of the block, Snapo allows children to build 3-D designs that traditional blocks simply won’t allow. By providing auditory connective feedback when Snapo blocks are connected they provide a rewarding and satisfying sound for builders.

Toys, Games & Puzzles: Ages 5 to 8
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Award-Winning Children's book — Snapo Advanced Builders Kit (300 Pieces)
Award-Winning Children's book — smART sketcher® GO!

smART sketcher® GO!

smART sketcher® GO! is the perfect quiet-time activity for cars, airplanes, waiting rooms and restaurants. Lightweight and portable, it conveniently folds up to carry in a backpack or stow in a seat back. Simply project an image on the screen and GO! A free app lets you use any photo from a smart device to create your own designs. Additional content cartridges, paper and drawing tools are available to extend the fun.

Toys, Games & Puzzles: Ages 5 to 8
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Sensical

Sensical is a free streaming service for kids 2-10 offering thousands of entertaining, age-appropriate videos and podcasts featuring characters and creators that children love. An algorithm-free destination where kids can scroll, tap and follow their passions across 60+ topic-based channels in our app as well as a variety of linear streaming FAST channels. Sensical is inspired by the expertise of Common Sense Media, trusted by parents worldwide. Grounded in science, the ad-supported service, nominated by Kidscreen in 2022 as Best Kid’s Only Streaming Service and cited by Fast Company as a World Changing Ideas finalist, Sensical filters for quality through a rigorous, proprietary rubric based on the most comprehensive child development research available.

Viewing (Television/DVD/Blu-Ray ): Family Viewing
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Award-Winning Children's book — Sensical
Award-Winning Children's book — Scribble Scrubbie Dinosaur Pets Waterfall

Scribble Scrubbie Dinosaur Pets Waterfall

Travel back in time to the age of dinosaurs with Scribble Scrubbie Dinosaur Pets Waterfall. Create unique designs with the color drops and markers. After the dinosaurs are colored, pour water down the waterfall with the included water scooper, and slide pets down into the waterfall pool. Then when dinosaurs have had enough fun, scrub them in the pool and play again and again!

Toys, Games & Puzzles: Preschoolers
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Scribble Scrubbie Arctic Pets Snow Explorer

Chill out and enjoy the ride exploring the arctic with the Scribble Scrubbie Arctic Pets Snow Explorer! Roll the explorer to new adventures and ride on the snow boards. Kids will be amazed to watch the new pets including a walrus, penguin and polar bear change colors (blue when cold and white when warm). Decorate the pets with the included markers, wash them clean and start over again.

Toys, Games & Puzzles: Preschoolers
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Award-Winning Children's book — Scribble Scrubbie Arctic Pets Snow Explorer
Award-Winning Children's book — Scratch-Off Hidden Pictures Dinosaur Puzzles

Scratch-Off Hidden Pictures Dinosaur Puzzles
Written and illustrated by Highlights

Puzzle, scratch, and draw! Reveal dinosaur-themed scenes bursting with color while solving Hidden Pictures puzzles and other activities. Includes a wooden stylus.

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Activities, Crafts & Hobbies ( Includes Puzzles & Games)
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Scratch-Off Hidden Pictures Animal Puzzles
Written by Highlights

Puzzle, scratch, and draw! Reveal animal-themed scenes bursting with color while solving while solving Hidden Pictures puzzles and other activities. Includes a wooden stylus.

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Award-Winning Children's book — Scratch-Off Hidden Pictures Animal Puzzles
Award-Winning Children's book — Rylett Case for Wearable Pumps for Elvie, Willow, MomCozy, Imani

Rylett Case for Wearable Pumps for Elvie, Willow, MomCozy, Imani

Looking for a custom case with patent-pending design for your wearable pump?

A Convenient Bag for Working Moms
Moms have always been creative when it comes to creating make-shift solutions to carry around their breast pumps but having to rely on less than stylish electronics or bra bags can be a thing of the past. Now, you can enjoy a customized bag for your Elvie Pump, Willow Breast Pump or Freemies Collection Cups. Patent pending!

Gear & Accessories: Feeding
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Pump-A-Porter Spectra S1 Breast Pump Belt Bag

Maximum Freedom for Pumping Moms Pumping moms are resourceful and have invented all sorts of ways to carry around their Spectra electric breast pumps so that they don’t have to put everything on hold while they pump. With the hands-free Pump-A-Porter Spectra Pump Belt Bag, moms everywhere can enjoy maximum mobility and freedom.

Gear & Accessories: Feeding
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Award-Winning Children's book — Pump-A-Porter Spectra S1 Breast Pump Belt Bag
Award-Winning Children's book — Pump-A-Collect Closed System Breast Milk Collection Cups

Pump-A-Collect Closed System Breast Milk Collection Cups

Turn Any Pump Into A Discrete Hands Free Pump!

COLLECTION CUPS FOR ALL ELECTRIC PUMPS
Not everyone can afford an Elvie or Willow wearable breast pump, or desire to wear a pumping bra. And for those of us lifting our shirts multiple times a day for the flange and bottle, it can sometimes feel a little undignified, instead of empowering. But with this Collection Cups kit, you can go hands free, and shirt down!

Gear & Accessories: Feeding
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Parent Sense

Parent Sense is the all-in-one baby app that takes the guesswork out of parenting. Developed by well-known Occupational Therapist and the author of 8 parenting titles, Meg Faure, the app brings relevant, tailored & credible help & guidance where and when they need it. Keep track of everything important with the free baby tracker. Log sleep, feeds, milestones and health check ups and get a flexible daily routine just for your baby. You can also access online parenting courses, eBooks and eChapters as affordable in-app purchases.

Apps & Software: Adults
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Award-Winning Children's book — Parent Sense
Award-Winning Children's book — Niko Discovers the 5 Senses Game

Niko Discovers the 5 Senses Game: A mindfulness game to calm worry and anxiety.
Written and illustrated by Karen N Correll

Niko Discovers the 5 Senses Game is a story with purpose. Parents will enjoy the first read with their child (even for kids reading independently). They will see for themselves the IMPACT the game can have on their child and themselves. The book is a perfect jumping-off point for critical conversations about anxiety and all the emotions that can tie up one’s thoughts and prevent them from focusing. Learning the game together will help build trust and understanding for children battling BIG EMOTIONS.

Children’s Picture Books: Body, Mind & Spirit
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Nice Papa Flip Cap Baby Bottle

1. Industry’s Subversive Flip Cap Quick-flushing Baby Bottle
2. Innovative Off-center Pacifier Design
3. Excellent Ergonomic Design
4. User-friendly Design
5. Food-grade Safety Materials
6. Minimalist Design

Gear & Accessories: Feeding
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Award-Winning Children's book — Nice Papa Flip Cap Baby Bottle
Award-Winning Children's book — Nandi & The Music of the Plants

Nandi & The Music of the Plants
Written by Nandini Gosine-Mayrhoo; Illustrated by Linda Varos; Edited by Nandini Gosine-Mayrhoo

Nandi is a little girl who represents the child in each of us…her love of and bond with nature is pure and she can see the magic in everything around her. Nandi is visited by a fairy who tells her that she has important work to do. Join Nandi as she begins her journey into this work, helping us to hear the music in the plant world that we all too easily ignore. Can Nandi help us more appreciate the forms that give us life?

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12): Inspirational / Motivational
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MyGears® Machine Set

The My Gears® construction kits provide hours of engaging hands-on learning, and are perfect for developing early engineering skills, encouraging creative thinking, curiosity and problem solving, while also developing fine motor skills. As with all our collections, the new ranges have been designed to support both classroom and home learning play. The Gears are compatible with the 2cm linking cube sets from Edx Education.

Educational Products: Ages 5 to 8
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Award-Winning Children's book — MyGears® Machine Set
Award-Winning Children's book — My Travel Alphabet

My Travel Alphabet: 26 Magical Places on Earth
Written by AK Ratti; Illustrated by Claudie C. Bergeron

My Travel Alphabet is a vibrant ABC Book written to inspire the next generation of travelers. Filled with stunning illustrations and clever rhymes, this book is bound to spark curiosity and discussion about the spectacular world we live in. Magical as they may seem, each of the 26 scenes is 100% real and includes location notes for the grown-up globetrotter and soon-to-be explorer.

Children’s Picture Books: Basic Concepts
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Make Believe: Bedtime Stories for Children
Written by Janice Spina; Illustrated by John Spina

This is a short story collection for children ages 5-8. They are perfect for bedtime or any time. They can be read by early readers or by a parent/guardian. They will provide a fun reading time for both the reader and the listener.

There are six stories with a colorful illustration of each story – one about an alien, a dragon, a fairy, a bear, a bear and a boy, and a skunk. Each story will have a life lesson for children to learn.

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Fantasy, Myths & Legends
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Award-Winning Children's book — Make Believe
Award-Winning Children's book — LuvClip® Nail Clippers

LuvClip® Nail Clippers

Would you like to trim your baby’s nails, quickly and easily without risk of injury or fear?

Would you like nail clipping to always be peaceful and struggle-free for you and your child?

INTRODUCING

LuvClip nail clippers which revolutionize the art of clipping someone’s nails by providing the precision and accuracy necessary to make it safe, quick, easy and worry-free.

Gear & Accessories: Bath & Potty (Includes Diaper Pails)
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LunchBots Large Cinco Stainless Steel Lunch Container

• MEALTIME VARIETY: The key to enjoying a healthy lunch? An array of tasty choices! That’s why the Cinco features five different sections. It’s 60% larger than our classic containers, so you can take along all of the protein, fruit, veggies, salads and snacks that keep lunch fun and exciting.
• FIVE SECTIONS: When it comes to food, adults are as picky as kids. After all, who wants their chicken mixed in with their berries? The Cinco features an all-in-one design that keeps food neat and separate without the use of smaller containers. It offers quick convenience and a photo-worthy presentation!

Gear & Accessories: Feeding
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Award-Winning Children's book — LunchBots Large Cinco Stainless Steel Lunch Container
Award-Winning Children's book — LoveHeld Baby Carrier

LoveHeld Baby Carrier

LoveHeld is a woman-owned/operated brand, located in South Carolina, believing that everyone deserves to be held with love. LoveHeld was founded by a busy babywearing mom of five, then sewing each item by hand during her little one’s naps. LoveHeld specializes in supporting families in the moments of every day with high quality and ultra-soft ring sling baby carriers crafted from OEKO-TEX certified European linens and all-natural/eco-friendly fibers. Held with love and hands-free in the softest baby carriers that are convenient to use at home and on the go, soothingly soft and comfortable for sensitive skin, flattering for all body sizes, and easy to use as they mimic the natural carrying positions of babies in caregiver’s arms.

Gear & Accessories: Totes, Diaper Bags & Slings
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Lily Jade Caroline Diaper Bag

Meet the gorgeous light-weight Caroline bag. Our luxurious vegan leather with enhanced durability and plush stain and water-resistant liner make this one a show stopper. Her vertical shape and wide exterior side pockets make for the chicest designed and most user-friendly faux leather bag available. Caroline’s ergonomic, permanently anchored, padded vegan leather back straps disappear completely, zipped up in the back and tucked in at the bottom. She’s yours to carry as a classic tote, “From Babies to Business” in seconds.

Gear & Accessories: Totes, Diaper Bags & Slings
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Award-Winning Children's book — Lily Jade Caroline Diaper Bag
Award-Winning Children's book — Less Mess Painting Activity Set

Less Mess Painting Activity Set

This all-in-one activity kit features five different less-mess painting activities so young kids can explore and experiment with stamping, stenciling, texture art, silhouette art and resist art. Featuring Crayola Washable Paint Sticks and Crayola Spill-Proof Washable Paint, these special less-mess paints won’t drip or spill, work with any paper and are washable from skin and fabric.

Arts, Crafts & Hobbies: Ages 5 to 8
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Learning Kindness Activity Set
Written by Highlights

This all-in-one activity set blends write-on wipe-off pages and an activity pad that helps preschoolers and kindergartners build social-emotional learning skills with writing practice, puzzles, drawing, and more. Includes a pencil and wipe-clean marker.

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Award-Winning Children's book — Koko and Friends

Koko and Friends: The Long Shots
Written by Clara Denise West, Ph.D.

Koko and his nine cousins, orphaned as eggs, confront bullying and the stigma of living in the place of “The Fog”, as they pursue their dreams of becoming All-Star basketball players. They are not superheroes with superpowers. They are underdogs that represent young, naive children who know right from wrong, but don’t always make the best decisions because of their strong desire for peer acceptance.

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

Kinoo is a kinetic, video-chat-based, play-and-learn system that teaches kids academic and life skills by connecting generations of family members through novel, interactive physical games, and activities. The platform serves as a groundbreaking tool for fostering child development while nurturing precious relationships with distant older loved ones. It allows for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, as well as any family and friends to connect with the kids in their lives to build relationships, play, and learn together, enhancing the way family members connect across long distances. Kinoo’s patented technology, accessed via an iOS app and a patented AR-enabled Wand, allows remote users to play collaboratively in shared, game-based learning activities.

Apps & Software: Preschoolers
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Award-Winning Children's book — Just Shoes for Kids

Just Shoes for Kids

Just Shoes for Kids offer a selection of stylish footwear, clothing, accessories and toys for children ranging in age from newborn to big kid. Brands featured include Igor, Old Soles, Hoo Shoes, My Brooklyn and Livie & Luca, among others. For every pair of shoes purchased, Just Shoes for Kids donates 1% of net profit to the ELIJA Foundation for autism outreach.

Gear & Accessories: Clothing
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Just Grandma and Me – Original Interactive Storybook

In this endearing story, Little Critter and his Grandma take the bus to the beach, where they have a series of adventures. Little Critter takes a ride on a wind-blown umbrella, fends off a nasty crab, goes snorkeling, meets a variet of talented starfish and much, much more.
Written by Mercer Mayer the award-winning author and illustrator of more than 100 books, including the Little Critter and Little Monster series, and the classic There’s a Nightmare in My Closet.

Apps & Software: Preschoolers
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Award-Winning Children's book — Just Grandma and Me - Original Interactive Storybook
Award-Winning Children's book — Jesse Steam Mysteries

Jesse Steam Mysteries: Solving Mysteries Through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math
Written and illustrated by Ken Bowser

Ten-year-old Jesse Steam’s curiosity about how the world works leads her to one mystery after another as she pedals around town with Mr. Stubbs, her tabby cat, keeping her company in the bike basket. Using simple scientific tools and their powers of observation, Jesse and her friends analyze, test hypotheses, and conduct experiments.

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I’m Different & That’s OK with Me!
Written by Belinda Adams; Illustrated by Amara Naybab; Edited by Anchor Book Press

Belinda recognizes the personal, emotional, and academic challenges many children face. Her understanding comes from nearly 20 years of experience teaching at-risk students and helping her own child navigate school. She believes the single most important factor for children with special needs is to experience acceptance for their unique characteristics. Belinda’s son needed to know that “being different” wasn’t anything to be ashamed of. In fact, in most cases, being different gives you qualities to be celebrated! The road to personal acceptance for one’s learning differences, whatever they may be, can be long and tedious. Parents can help their child understand, and even celebrate, their “differences” by sharing Austin’s story and using thought-provoking statements that remind our children of their special traits that make them uniquely wonderful.

Children’s Picture Books: Specialized Concepts / Differently Abled
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Award-Winning Children's book — I'm A Future Scientist Set 1

I’m A Future Scientist Set 1
Written by Manisha Nayak; Illustrated by Eliz Ong

This exciting set of full-color books for 6–12 year old will spark sustained interest in scientific fields, such as botany, zoology, marine biology, conservation and the environment, astronomy, and many more, with delivering primary-school-level Science learning points in an engaging and relatable way! Through clearly written educational articles, fun cartoons, suggested hands-on activities, as well as full-color photographs and illustrations, these books are the perfect companions for budding scientists to delve further into a wide range of fields of Science. In addition, Augmented Reality (AR) elements will also help to bring Science alive for children, helping them to retain the information provided better, and inspiring better learning! Include: I’m a Future Water Expert!; I’m a Future Botanist!; I’m a Future Zoologist!; I’m a Future Astronomer!; I’m a Future Marine Biologist!

Children’s Picture Books: Science & Technology
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Iphelia: Awakening the Gift of Feeling: Children’s Edition
Written and illustrated by Erick Kenneth French

Iphelia is the story of a sensitive child who loves to draw and is really good at paying attention to her feelings and making sense of their messages. The story illustrates the language of feelings and teaches valuable lessons of empathy, friendship, forgiveness, creativity, and the importance and power of feeling! It is a passionate exploration of the feeling-dimension of experience, inviting children and parents alike to journey toward a deeper understanding of feelings, greater self-awareness, and healthy personal empowerment.

Children’s Picture Books: Body, Mind & Spirit
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Award-Winning Children's book — Iphelia: Awakening the Gift of Feeling
Award-Winning Children's book — I Have Choices - The Power of Thought Series

I Have Choices – The Power of Thought Series
Written by Lynn McLaughlin
Amber Raymond; Illustrated by Allysa Batin; Edited by Tracey Regan

Imagine children glowing in the colour of how they are feeling! We all have emotions, and that’s OK!

Does your child need to learn how to recognize, understand and appropriately express their emotions?

The children on the planet Tezra cannot hide their emotions because they haven’t learned to control them yet. I Have Choices begins with a conflict that every child can relate to and teaches an evidence-based strategy that adults can model for everyday use. Children will learn, in a fun way, how to problem solve and find positive solutions to everyday situations.

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Body, Mind & Spirit
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Highlights Learn-and-Play ABC Spinner Games
Written by Highlights

Spin to play games and learn the alphabet! This comprehensive book-and-learning-game experience is designed by educators to make learning about letters and practicing writing an interactive game.

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
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Award-Winning Children's book — Highlights Learn-and-Play 123 Stamper Games

Highlights Learn-and-Play 123 Stamper Games
Written by Highlights

A comprehensive book-and-learning-game experience designed by educators to teach important concepts for preschool readiness and success. Includes 2 double-sided, self-inking, washable stampers and flashcards that make learning about numbers and counting an interactive game.

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
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Guinevere Trilogy: On the Eve of Legend, At the Dawn of Legend and The Legend
Written by Cheryl Carpinello

GUINEVERE: ON THE EVE OF LEGEND
Princess Guinevere dreaded her upcoming thirteenth birthday. It signaled the beginning of her official role as the Lady of her father’s castle. No more adventures i the forest with Cedwyn. No more explorations outside the castle walls. No more excitement. No more danger. No more fun. Cedwyn—her companion for as long as she remembered—viewed her circumstances differently. A Medieval coming-of-age story relevant today.

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12): Fantasy, Myths & Legends
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Award-Winning Children's book — Guinevere Trilogy
Award-Winning Children's book — Glow Fusion Marker Coloring Set

Glow Fusion Marker Coloring Set

It’s glow time! Hit the lights and color in the dark with the Glow Fusion Marker Coloring Sets! Using the specially formulated glow markers, kids can create masterpieces when the lights go out. Available with coloring pages in three glowtastic themes – Mythical Creatures, Monsters & Aliens, and Deep Sea Creatures – the markers and paper glow for up to four hours. A perfect nighttime activity where kids can color in the dark at sleepovers, parties, camping and more.

Toys, Games & Puzzles: Ages 9 to 12
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Glow Art Studio

Using the big, reusable surface and the unique light wand, kids can let their imaginations shine as they create glow-in-the-dark art! Kids can create free-hand drawings or use the included “under the sea” or “in the park” themed stencils. When the glowing masterpiece is complete, there is no clean up needed! Drawings will magically disappear over time so kids can create new light-art again and again for endless fun.

Toys, Games & Puzzles: Ages 5 to 8
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Award-Winning Children's book — Geraldine and the Rainbow Machine

Geraldine and the Rainbow Machine
Written by Sol Regwan; Illustrated by Denise Muzzio; Edited by Tracee Groff

The fourth book in the Gizmo Girl series finds spirited second grader Geraldine on a mission to unite her class in celebration of their unique differences. When she sees the kids at recess giving the new kid from Pakistan a hard time for being different, she decides it is time for a new invention to help support her new friend. Sorting through her parents’ old gadgets and gizmos, she finds exactly what she needs to create the perfect rainbow machine. With one spin of the wheel, will her classmates be fascinated to discover how different they all truly are, but still realize they have so much in common?

Children’s Picture Books: Science & Technology
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Fascinating Education

Dr. Sheldon Margulies has thrown away the textbook! Instead, he speaks directly to the student as he narrates each image. He is a board-certified neurologist, has taught over 2500 medical students, and authored three books. He understands how we learn, how we focus our attention, how we retrieve information, and how emotion and motivation affect learning. His courses represent what innovative teaching can do for your student. Dr. Margulies flips the teaching process by approaching science through the “right hemisphere” of the brain. He uses simple, colorful illustrations, supplemented with attached audio files to explain the illustrations.

Online Resources (Websites, eMagazines and Blogs): Teens / Young Adult
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Award-Winning Children's book — Dog Love

Dog Love: A Picture Book for Dog Love
Written by Katelyn Ward; Illustrated by Maja Ranisavljev

How do you show your dog you love him? By doing everything he loves! Follow along in this helpful story to learn all the ways to show your favorite furry friend that you care. The perfect book for dog lovers everywhere.

Children’s Picture Books: Domestic Animals & Pets
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Does My Voice Matter:: A Journey of Self Discovery, Authenticity and Empowerment
Written by Cynthia James (https://cynthiajames.net)

We live in a critical and oftentimes violent world. People are afraid to talk about what they feel, think, or believe. They withhold energy for fear of being ridiculed, punished, or excluded. They hide their deepest dreams and desires away and cover them up with doubt, insecurity, old experiences, and fears. Cynthia James knows this because that was her experience. She has moved forward in the following ways: From Abuse to Accomplished Actress; From Scarcity to International Songstress; From Welfare to the White House, and from Victim thinking to Victorious living.

Adult Books: Biographies & Memoirs
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Award-Winning Children's book — Desert Friends

Desert Friends: Travels with the Pack
Written by Linda Harkey; Illustrated by Mike Minick

Animal friends in the Arizona Sonoran Desert are found in all sizes, shapes, and colors.

Rodney, a roadrunner and his best friend, Quincy, a Gambel’s quail, spend days racing each other through dry creek beds called arroyos. One day Rodney and Quincy meet two hunting dogs–Gator and his three-legged buddy, Tripod. Danger surrounds the four friends as a thunderstorm sends tremendous amounts of muddy water down the arroyo. The force of water sweeps Tripod away. Who will come to his rescue? What will happen when the Great One (the dogs’ human hunter) arrives?

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Fiction – General
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Corrine and the Underground Province
Written and illustrated by Jason Colpitts

After scrubbing ooey gooey green mold all night, Corrine knows it’s time to act. Her Province is deep underground. Even though it’s safe from the ice, something has been gnawing away at Corrine. The Province is ruled by evil Madame Morticia. She must be bad, after all, the woman has a big ugly bun, and that means, for sure, Morticia can’t be trusted! Their homes are small, the copper pot fields are dying, the rules are hard, and it’s tough to breathe. All Corrine suggested were a few changes and here she is, punished, and forced to scrub the copper pots all night! Something has to change. They have to go back up, replant, rebuild, and restore the world. She can sense it.

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12): Fiction – General
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Award-Winning Children's book — Clay Sculpting Station

Clay Sculpting Station

With this all-in-one air-dry clay kit, kids can build, sculpt and paint three animal sculptures or a mini clay pot! Featuring step-by-step instructions and a built-in kid-powered turn table, young artists can easily sculp and paint all sides of their creations. All washable paints, tools and clay pack neatly into a storage case for easy clean up, storage and portability.

Arts, Crafts & Hobbies: Ages 5 to 8
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Chatty the Hen Pheasant: Travels with the Pack
Written by Linda Harkey; Illustrated by Mike Minick

In Chatty the Hen Pheasant, “my official name is Cimaroc Lucky Nassau. The Great One (my human hunter and owner) calls me Nassau. I’m a Labrador Retriever. To retrieve means to bring back—and that’s what I do best—everywhere we hunt in America!”

This starts the story of Chatty the Hen Pheasant. Chatty is a humorous and adventure-filled story with plenty of action to keep the interest of elementary children. What happens when a smart pheasant meets up with a determined hunting dog? Both animals use tons of playful antics throughout the story. Chatty the Hen Pheasant will win the hearts and minds of all who read this story.

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Fiction – General
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Award-Winning Children's book — CaDA Elements Flower Garden Set

CaDA Elements Flower Garden Set

The CaDA Elements Flower Garden lets you easily combine paper and bricks to construct a beautiful floral arrangement. With over 20+ different petals and leaves to choose from, you can customize your build and create a garden as unique as you!

Arts, Crafts & Hobbies: Ages 5 to 8
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Anthology 42
Written by Nathan H. Chan; Illustrated by Danielle E. Patterson

COVID-19 hit, and the world descended into chaos. Combing the shelves of my bedroom library for books I had not yet read, I paused to peer outside the window and saw no one. The once-bustling streets of Hong Kong were now silent, except for the rustling of dry leaves as they danced dolefully on the pavement. Classes moved online, teen social bonds became strained, and familial security was stressed. Living through this generational crisis, I was saddened that I had nothing to give to help others work through the pandemic. Then, I scanned the books on my shelf a second time—the transcendent narratives, fantastical fantasies, controversial philosophies, legal case studies, and wisdom tales (the smallest volumes with, perhaps, the weightiest of all messages). I decided to embark on a different journey to try to make the world a better place. I clicked open a new document on my computer screen, and, undaunted by the blinking cursor on the blank page, began to write.

Young Adult Books: Inspirational / Motivational
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Award-Winning Children's book — An Instrument for Florenda

An Instrument for Florenda
Written by Tomeko Brown
Christopher Smallwood

As a kid what have you ever dreamed of? Was it playing a sport, trying out for cheerleading, winning the spelling bee, or playing an instrument? Florenda had always wanted to play an instrument. Growing up in Louisiana she was accustomed to the sounds of music. So, she was no stranger to hearing a good tune. Her instrument of choice had always been the clarinet.

Now, her break was finally here. As of the new school year, the school would have a band class. New friends, a new teacher, and a new instrument all brought music to her ears and an amazing smile to her face. The only question is, would she be able to play?

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12): Fiction – General
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Amazon Glow with Tangram Bits

Amazon Glow is a completely new device built for kids that brings magic to traditional video calls, transforming the way kids connect with remote loved ones through interactive, virtual experiences. During video calls on Glow, kids can learn, play games, read stories, scan physical objects, and create art, powered by content from Amazon Kids+ using the device’s touch-sensitive, 19“projected virtual space. At the same time, remote loved ones engage with the same content at the same time on a compatible tablet or smartphone they already own using the free Amazon Glow app. Glow comes with 1-year of Amazon Kids+ that includes content from Disney, Mattel, Nickelodeon, and Sesame Workshop. With the content from Amazon Kids+, kids and remote loved ones can play and enjoy more than 100 games and visual art activities, read thousands of books, from picture books to chapter books, and use physical objects with Glow Bits like Tangram Bits for unlimited hours of fun. New content is added regularly so there’s always something fun for the whole family to enjoy with Glow.

Toys, Games & Puzzles: Preschoolers
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Award-Winning Children's book — Alice and Jack Hike the Grand Canyon

Alice and Jack Hike the Grand Canyon
Written by Amy Graves and Pam Schweitzer; Illustrated by McKenzie Robinson

Alice and Jack Hike the Grand Canyon is a fictional picture book perfect for families with young children considering a challenging hike. Grand Canyon National Park has almost six (6) million visitors per year (second most visited national park) with less than one percentage (1%) going below the rim. This story describes the journey of preparing for and eventually hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Perfect for ages 4-10. For spring break, Alice, her brother Jack, along with her Mom and Dad, will be hiking down the Bright Angel Trail to the Colorado River and Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Getting ready for a hike at Grand Canyon National Park means Alice and her family will start preparing four months in advance. Alice makes a checklist which includes having the right equipment and hiking shoes.

Children’s Picture Books: Family Life
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212 Piece Rainbow Mega Pack

Connetix are a high quality, open-ended toy suitable for children aged 3+. We offer a range of innovative packs to cater to all types of magnetic tile play, including our best-selling, exclusively designed Ball Run and the 212 Piece Rainbow Mega Pack. Children can explore shapes and colours in a hands-on way with packs available in both vibrant rainbow and our signature pastel hues.

All Connetix tiles are made using non-toxic ABS plastic that is BPA, lead and phthalate free with ultrasonic welding and rivets for extra safety. Our unique beveled design means stronger tiles that create beautiful light refractions around your child’s creation.

Toys, Games & Puzzles: Preschoolers
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Award-Winning Children's book — 212 Piece Rainbow Mega Pack

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