Weekly Roundup: Dental Health Products, Interactive Picture Books, Children’s Toys + More!! 09/11 – 09/17

WR 09/20 - Best Books, Best Toys, and Best Parenting Supplies

This week’s roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners features dental health products, interactive picture books, children’s toys + 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 September 11, 2022 to September 17, 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 — Wolves Aren't Welcome

Wolves Aren’t Welcome
Written by Cheryl Benner; Illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler; Edited by David FitzSimmons

When Gabbaluchie the Wolf sets off to find a new home, his nonna sends him away with an important message: Kindness Grows Friendships. Happy and excited to make new friends, Gabbaluchie is surprised by how unwelcoming the other animals are to him. What happens when Gabbaluchie comes face to face with a snake? Will he be able to show kindness to another animal who also has an unfair reputation? Will he remember his nonna’s advice?

Children’s Picture Books:
Values & Life Lessons
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Tokkidas Auto Close Baby & Pet Gate

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Miscellaneous:
Other
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Award-Winning Children's book — Tokkidas Auto Close Baby & Pet Gate
Award-Winning Children's book — The Sun Plays with the Moon

The Sun Plays with the Moon: A child’s first introduction to the Solar System
Written by Alicia Mofford; Illustrated by Annie Wilkinson

The Sun and the Moon are best friends playing a never-ending game of tag in the sky. Many fascinating changes occur on Earth as they catch each other, hug each other, and give each other high-fives. What are those fascinating changes? Their playfulness gives us eclipses, ocean tides, sunlight, and moonbeams.

Children’s Picture Books:
Bedtime Stories
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The Mommy-Go-Round
Written by Eleanor D Alspaugh

The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD — Winner of the 2016 Pacific Book Award for Best Parenting – Family Book and the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Winner in the Non-Fiction – Parenting category! The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD is a heartwarming and humorous book which breaks the Motherhood Code of Silence with A Tell ALL series of essays on Motherhood, Childhood and EVERYTHING in between. It brings humor and love together while honestly sharing the often UNSPOKEN experiences in raising children and the CrAzY balancing act and understanding heart it requires! It’s guaranteed to make you laugh and shed a few tears! You will definitely realize YOU ARE NOT ALONE AND IT IS ALL NORMAL!! The MoMmY-Go-RoUnD leaks the secrets from the “Motherhood Code of Silence” sharing truths that even your own Mother won’t prepare you for – until it’s too late and she already has her grandchild or 3!

Adult Books:
Parenting – Humor
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Award-Winning Children's book — The Mommy-Go-Round
Award-Winning Children's book — The Collection Bundle

The Collection Bundle: Los Pollitos Dicen & Other Nursery Rhymes, ¿Estrellita Dónde Estás? & Other Lullabies, Visiting- Visitando La Granja, Visiting- Visitando La Playa
Written by Binibi; Illustrated by Carolina Olmedo; Edited by Binibi

Our sound books are intentionally designed and carefully crafted to delight your child and ignite their love of languages through play, stories and music.

Binibi’s enchanting stories and nursery rhymes are illustrated with bright, beautiful visuals. The content is vetted by early education specialists and crafted with rhyme and repetition to encourage language development. Additional educational material is included throughout, including counting elements, sounds and more.

Children’s Picture Books:
Bilingual (Must include an English translation)
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The Birthday Princess
Written by Tatyerra Mikell; Illustrated by Patricia Grannum

It’s Takiyah’s birthday, and she can’t wait to spend the WHOLE day doing awesome things with her Aunt Cee, The Birthday Queen, to celebrate. All little girls deserve perfect days. See Kiyah get hers.

THE BIRTHDAY PRINCESS is a fun-filled picture book that will have all little girls (and boys) ready to play dress-up and excited to celebrate themselves on their birthdays and beyond. Makes a great gift for girls aged 3-7.

Children’s Picture Books:
Growing Up / Personal Growth
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Award-Winning Children's book — The Birthday Princess
Award-Winning Children's book — Tex the Explorer

Tex the Explorer: Journey to the Oceans
Written by Ellie Smith; Illustrated by Eyen Johnson

Tex is a young T-Rex. He loves to explore. For his birthday his parents gave him a ship with a submarine. Tex is off to explore the oceans!

Children’s Picture Books:
Peoples, Places & Cultures
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Surrounded by Love: An Open Adoption Story
Written by Allison Olson; Illustrated by Darlee Urbiztondo; Edited by Bobbie Hinman

This modern take on the “where did you come from?” adoption book celebrates open adoption. Through words and illustrations, the characters express the immense amount of love that everyone involved in the process feels for the adoptee.

This story is narrated by Wanda, a wise old owl who has flown all around, seen many things, and has a story to tell. She watches the birth mother and adoptive parents as they all prepare for the birth and adoption of the young adoptee. This story shows how both sides of open adoption are centered in the love of the child.

The uniqueness of this book comes from the fact that it was written by an adoptee who is also an adoptive parent. These experiences give her a unique, inside perspective. The author wants all adoptees to know that they are surrounded by love.

Children’s Picture Books:
Family Life
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Award-Winning Children's book — Surrounded by Love
Award-Winning Children's book — Supermarket Science

Supermarket Science

Inspired play ideas for happy, healthy little people.

Ahh… your child is finally mobile. You’ve made an emergency trip to the baby store for door latches and suddenly everything in your house is fair game. You spend most of your time exclaiming ‘WHAT’S IN YOUR MOUTH??’ and panicking that you never disposed of the cockroach poison you bought 12 years ago. While the ‘newly mobile’ stage is an exciting one, it’s definitely exhausting!

Keep them away from the knife drawer while encouraging their minds to grow with the ‘TABY’ deck. Each play idea/activity engages active little ones in new and challenging ways while helping to develop concentration, fine and gross motor skills, social and emotional skills, and cognitive skills.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 5 to 8
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Somos más parecidos que diferentes: ¡Celebremos la diversidad!
Written by Sophia Day, Megan Johnson; Illustrated by Stephanie Strouse

Nuestros chicos MVP Kids® celebran las diferencias, mientras aprenden a respetar la singularidad de los demás y a construir amistades sólidas. Al interactuar con niños de diferentes orígenes, etnias, con diferentes habilidades y necesidades, nuestros chicos MVP Kids aprenden que las diferencias no deben asustarnos, que tampoco son un problema y que encontrar puntos en común les ayuda a construir amistades.

Incluye consejos útiles para la enseñanza.

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4-8 años

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Fiction – General
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Award-Winning Children's book — Somos más parecidos que diferentes
Award-Winning Children's book — Shadow Play Book

Shadow Play Book: The Little Prince
Written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; Illustrated by Mihkel Pábus; Edited by Daria Dotsouk

Shadow Play Book is unlike any other nighttime story-telling experience. The magic begins when you turn down the lights…

This book offers innovative and unique way of telling a story that would facilitate your child’s imagination and creative thinking. It facilitates intellectual development as the traditional printed book but in much more fun and interesting way.
Enjoy classic fairytales with wall-to-wall illustrations.

Bedtime stories are the perfect way to bond with your child and spend quality time. You already have tons of traditional books. But you’ve never had an experience like Shadow Play before!
By turning down the lights, you are setting the scene for bedtime and helping your child start to wind down. Once storytime is over, you can easily switch your phone light off and your child can start peacefully drifting off to sleep.

Children’s Picture Books:
Bedtime Stories
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Organic Dental Solutions – Canine Dental Kit (dog)

Our canine Organic Dental Solutions Kit combines our USDA Certified Organic Sweet Potato and Cinnamon dental gel with our eco-friendly Bamboo Toothbrush. It’s a great way to keep dogs’ teeth healthy for life. Brushing your dog’s teeth and gums is just as important as brushing your own and our kit, available in 2 sizes, is a great way to start. Our products are cruelty-free and USA Made.

We’re ingredient focused to ensure our products are safe for your pets, family and the environment – because it matters! Careful consideration went into the ingredients of our Sweet Potato and Cinnamon dental gel. We ensure that our ingredients serve double duty with added health attributes; Cinnamon Powder to reduce inflammation and Coconut Oil that serves as an antibacterial and reduces plaque. Our Certified Organic oils and extracts work to improve overall dental health. Products that are safe for you, are not always safe for pets. That’s why our dental gel is also Xylitol Free for added pet safety.

Miscellaneous:
Other
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Award-Winning Children's book — Organic Dental Solutions - Canine Dental Kit (dog)
Award-Winning Children's book — Lublu Diaper Bag and Baby Carrier

Lublu Diaper Bag and Baby Carrier

The new brand helps parents always be prepared with a 2-in-1 diaper bag backpack and baby carrier. Its patented, space-saving design allows the carrier to be half the size of standard ones when folded. Take out the carrier from your diaper bag, attach it around your torso, and snap in the supporting buckles straight onto your backpack. Voila!

Gear & Accessories:
Totes, Diaper Bags & Slings
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Listen and Learn Animals
Written by Evan-Moor

Listen and Learn: Animals activity books will engage little learners in beginning reading and writing skills with the help of fascinating animals! From chameleons to kangaroos, the beautiful animal photographs and stories in this activity book will take children on an animal adventure around the world. Every page includes an audio option so that children can listen to read-alouds and learn about their favorite animals.

Activities are organized around a specific animal and include facts about where animals live, what they look like, what they eat, how their body parts work, and how they take care of their young. Learning activities include animal games, art, writing, and drawing, and help children practice alphabet awareness, beginning sounds, counting, writing numbers, matching, and more.

Each activity book includes an animal poster project, memory game and reward stickers.

Children’s Picture Books:
Activities, Crafts & Hobbies ( Includes Puzzles & Games)
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Award-Winning Children's book — Listen and Learn Animals
Award-Winning Children's book — Let's Celebrate! Favorite Foods

Let’s Celebrate! Favorite Foods
Written by Sophia Day, Megan Johnson; Illustrated by Stephanie Strouse

Discover new foods with familiar ingredients as our MVP Kids share their favorite dishes from around the world. Enjoy exploring world cuisine and be encouraged to try something new!

Lift-the-flap activities reveal real photographs of delicious dishes.

Interactive board book for toddlers ages 0-3
Lift the flaps to see real food images!
18 pages

Children’s Picture Books:
Cooking & Food

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King of Glory: His kingdom was seized. But He’s taking it back.
Written by P. D. Bramsen; Illustrated by Arminda San Martín

With plain yet profound text alongside 70 bright and bold illustrations, KING of GLORY tells the story of the Creator-Owner of the universe and His plan to rescue His rebellious subjects from the kingdom of darkness. For a worldwide audience of all ages. In many languages. Available as a word-for-word movie in scores of languages. www.king-of-glory.com

“This book is incredible. This is God’s story of romance and redemption, broken down into 70 scenes, each with it’s own beautiful full page painting. The seriousness of sin and how it separates us from our Creator is not sugar glossed over. The first 19 scenes gets us up to Adam and Eve being banished from the garden. Did you catch that? 19 pages (out of 70!) to tell us about God’s plan for creating the world and the fall of mankind. If there is one thing I want my sons to understand it is their complete and utter need for a Savior. Those first 19 scenes clearly and brilliantly pave the way into the rest of the story – the story of a King who is romancing and wooing a fallen and broken world back to Himself.” — Jessica, Customer Amazon review

Children’s Picture Books:
Religion & Spirituality
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Award-Winning Children's book — King of Glory
Award-Winning Children's book — Gear8 Apprentice

Gear8 Apprentice

Gear8 is a SCREEN-FREE STEM puzzle maze that takes simple fun to a sophisticated new level, while helping children master physical and engineering concepts, and letting adults relieve stress and relax.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 9 to 12

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Friends Lift You Up
Written by Lotus Kay; Illustrated by Chey Diehl

The newest title in the award-winning children’s book series by youth author Lotus Kay, Friends Lift You Up, tackles the subject of anti-bullying, how to be a good friend, and being kind towards others.

Friends Lift You Up tells the story of April and her best friend Tyla and how they sometimes don’t treat each other the way best friends should. The book explores how their friendship evolves and delves into a number of issues kids deal with socially. An added bonus to the book is “Tips on Being a Friend” as well as Lotus’s “Note from the Author” which outlines her story of feeling left out while in school and how hard it was to form friendships. “The relationships we have and how we treat others early in life can set the foundation for the relationships we have now and how we continue to treat others as we grow up.” The book is beautifully illustrated by artist Chey Diehl and published by Eifrig Publishing on recycled, acid-free paper.

Lotus began writing as a child and was published in magazines by age 15. She wrote her first book, More Beautiful Than Heaven, at age 16.

The books are part of the campaign Bears for Cares, founded by Lotus and her sister Jazmin as a project of Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots youth service program. Bears for Cares is a series of children’s books with companion stuffed animals which aims to educate kids around the world to understand the state of wildlife, the planet and promoting kindness towards the Earth and all living things.

Children’s Picture Books:
Values & Life Lessons
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Award-Winning Children's book — Friends Lift You Up
Award-Winning Children's book — Freddy Fartsalot Goes to School

Freddy Fartsalot Goes to School
Written by Whitney Bednar; Illustrated by Nathan Ranieri

When Freddy Fartslot starts kindergarten in a new school, he is filled with both excitement and nerves. He soon finds out that the most important things he can do is actually the easiest to come by.

Freddy Fartslot Goes to School is a story about a kid trying to find his way. It incorporates humor while teaching the valuable lessons of kindness and being yourself, despite how much you may not fit in with the crowd.

Written by 9-year-old Whitney Bednar and illustrated by Nathan Ranieri, this delightful story helps kids face their challenges with courage and a smile.

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Fiction – General
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Fences: A Tile-Laying Game

Fences is a tile-laying game in which you are a farmer trying to build pens for your animals. On each turn, a player plays one of the two tiles that they have. After placing, the player can decide whether to claim an unclaimed field. If a field has been closed, it is scored accordingly. To end the player’s turn, a new tile is drawn.

There are fields for cows, meadows for sheep, and mud holes for pigs. You are trying to collect as many animals as you can. Every animal you enclose is worth points, and double points if you FENCE in only one type of animal in the pen. You can also throw other animals into your opponents’ perfect fields to keep them from the bonus. Careful, you can only afford to maintain a limited number of fields. The game ends after the last tile is placed. The farmer with the most points wins!

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 9 to 12
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Award-Winning Children's book — Fences: A Tile-Laying Game
Award-Winning Children's book — Don't Go Boom

Don’t Go Boom

Don’t Go Boom is played in three rounds. The object of the game is to get the lowest score possible. Points are totaled by adding up the numbers on each player’s minefield cards at then end of each round. Bombs in your minefield can be diffused by matching numbers across rows, columns, or diagonally. The player with the lowest score wins!

Don’t Go Boom is a fun, fast, family-friendly card game for kids 7 and up.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 9 to 12
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Dilly Duck Plays All Day
Written by Holly DiBella-McCarthy; Illustrated by Pradyut Chatterjee

On the bank of a great big lake in a park called Wonder Wake, Dilly Duck sits all alone, so sad and bored on her own. There is just one thing to do. Find her friends, her flock, her crew!
Dilly Duck Plays All Day is a rhyming picture book written to expand pre-reading skills, math skills, and emotional vocabulary for children ages 2-6. Parents and teachers can use this book as a school readiness tool as well as an anchor for extension activities. A captivating read from author Holly DiBella-McCarthy. Enjoy a day with Dilly Duck and her friends in this interactive, rhythmic story!

Children’s Picture Books:
Specialized Concepts / Differently Abled
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Award-Winning Children's book — Dilly Duck Plays All Day
Award-Winning Children's book — Critter Creator Fossil Kit

Critter Creator Fossil Kit

Play and learn with the Critter Creator Fossil Kit, a new STEAM focused activity from Crayola. Build, paint and fossilize ten different little critters with air-dry clay. The kit includes molds to create dragonflies, spiders, hornets, scorpions, lady bugs and more. With ten paint colors, including four metallic, kids can give each bug a unique and creative design before preserving them forever. This STEAM-focused activity includes a reusable mat with real-life bug FAQs to learn about the bugs. The 11” X 17” mat also serves as a work station, giving kids a home to play with or display their new critters.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 9 to 12
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Ciays Baby Gate

Baby Protection – Prevent danger before it occurs, secure the Baby gate at the bottom and top of the stairs for maximum safety, in doorways or around objects such as fireplaces to close off unsafe areas. Ciays adjustable width baby gate fits all ranges from 29.5” to 41.3” unlike others and 30” in height making it easy for adults, yet impossible for babies & kids.

Alarm Secure Zone – Sometimes, parents need to focus on other things. Baby gates will keep your kids controlled inside a safe zone. The patented (Alarm Secure) gate with a magnetic switch induction will chime at 65 DB when opened to grab your attention. The mindset of knowing your children can play and roam around in safe areas without constant supervision is priceless.

User Friendly – The baby gate can open and shut smoothly so parents can easily pass through multitasking or carrying toddlers in their arms. Just gently pull the switch then lift it to unlock the gate with one hand but the double locking mechanism remains tough for naughty fingers to release. The gate will auto-close when the gate angle is less than 85°.

Unmatched Experience – With Ciays experiencing the flawless is what we are known for! You will easily find the baby gate you are searching for that comes included with attachable extensions for all locations around your home, a user manual for beginners, and all the support needed for installation from Ciays official 24-hour service team. We serve great experiences!

Gear & Accessories:
Safety
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Award-Winning Children's book — Ciays Baby Gate
Award-Winning Children's book — Beyond the Cobblestones

Beyond the Cobblestones
Written by Luisa Livorno Ramondo

Claudia lives in a very small town in Southern Italy where the cobblestone streets are so narrow you can’t even have a car, not that there is any money for one. There’s no money, no food and barely any education. All around her is poverty and nothing to do but marry a local boy and start a family of her own. But she has a feeling that there’s more for her out in the world.

Despite all the obstacles she knows she will face; she sets out on a very difficult and unknown journey that challenges her every step of the way. A journey that will either be the best thing she’s ever done or the biggest mistake of her life. One fateful visit from a distant relative and suddenly she knows what she needs to do.

Beyond the Cobblestones is a heart-warming tale based on true stories from her mother’s childhood. It reminds us that it is important to stay true to oneself and follow your dreams. Readers will feel inspired by this story to take action in their own lives and follow their passions!

Young Adult Books:
Fiction – General
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Arepa: The origin of arepas.
Written by Ximena Montilla Arreaza; Illustrated by Laura Stagno; Edited by María Elena Maggi

Have you ever tried it, or do you always eat arepas at home?

Do you know who invented them, how they are prepared, and why they are called that way?

Would you like to prepare some colored arepas?

Introduce your kids to the richness of Hispanic heritage. This book offers you a brief history of this food through a rhythmic poem and beautiful illustrations. Arepas are part of the culture of many Latin American countries, especially Venezuela. Nowadays arepas can be eaten in any country around the world. This book delves into the history of the Venezuelan arepa, a symbol of identity and union, a home reference that accompanies you wherever you go. Making arepas for a Venezuelan is to connect with that Venezuela that he carries in his heart.

Also available in Spanish.

Children’s Picture Books:
Peoples, Places & Cultures
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Award-Winning Children's book — Arepa
Award-Winning Children's book — #Boneless Skaters

#Boneless Skaters

#Boneless electric-powered, mini stunt skateboards come with hyper-poseable skaters that do some insane stunts! Each comes with a power charger that quick-charges the board in seconds. But what makes #Boneless skaters so unique is that they twist and bend, like they’re actually boneless! Includes: Boneless skater, skateboard, charging base, collectible deck, and instructions. Requires 3 AA batteries (not included). CrayPlay stunt sets sold separately and include The Big Air Mega Ramp — the ultimate vert ramp for skaters to catch BIG AIR and hit MONSTER JUMPS — and the SuperStreet Sk8Prk, where skaters can ricochet off the fence, rip over an All-Way Ramp and do a 360 flip on the Warp Rider. Get ready for some seriously EPIC FAILS, but keep trying ‘til you #StickTheTrick! #Boneless skaters sold separately.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 9 to 12
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