Weekly roundup: Holiday Books, Toy Puzzles, Personal Use Products + More!! 11/06 – 11/19

WR 11/22 - Best Books, Best Toys, and Best Parenting Supplies

This week’s roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners features holiday books, toy puzzles, personal use 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 November 06, 2022 to November 19, 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 — Who's New At Lou's Zoo

Who’s New At Lou’s Zoo: A children’s book about Kindness, Compassion and Accetance
Written by JoAnn M. Dickinson; Illustrated by Lauren Sparks; Edited by Robin Katz

Lou is an alpaca, and he has many friends! Lou likes to be known as The Zookeeper in what humans call a “neighborhood” and he is preparing for a new guest coming to the zoo. All the animals are excited and curious to meet this new mysterious guest. They wonder if the new guest is tall or short, young or old, maybe colorful or has stripes like them. Some of the animals are nervous that the new guest may not fit in with the others in their neighborhood.
Whatever happens, the animals all agree they want the new guest to feel welcome and accepted. And they can’t wait to become good friends.

But the new guest has worries of his own. Will the animals like him or think he looks scary or intimidating? Find out what happens when all the animals finally meet.

Children’s Picture Books:
Animal Kingdom

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Twizzle Twisting Tile Logic Puzzles

Twist, click, solve! Players begin with one pattern and must twist the wheels and shift the tiles until the end pattern is reached. With 360 card combinations in all, players can progress from beginner to expert as their skills improve. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this single-player game of logic and strategy!• Boosts brain activity, builds confidence and encourages systematic thinking• Compete against yourself or others• Various levels of difficulty and different colors for playing ease• Wheels turn and click into place with satisfying tactile sensation• Includes twist and click puzzle board, 24 double-sided puzzle tiles, 40 challenge cards, rule book

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 9 to 12

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Award-Winning Children's book — Twizzle Twisting Tile Logic Puzzles
Award-Winning Children's book — SIMON THE HUGGER

SIMON THE HUGGER
Written by Stacy B. Davids; Illustrated by Ana Sebastian

Simon the sloth loves to hug. He hugs plants. He hugs rocks. He hugs his friends. He even hugs himself!

So when he best friend, Elsa the jaguar, and others around him start saying no to his hugs, he is crushed.

Why wouldn’t someone want to be hugged?

This lighthearted story about a lovable, huggable sloth is a gentle introduction to the importance of receiving consent before offering physical affection to others, and respecting others’ boundaries.

Children’s Picture Books:
Developing Social Skills

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Rolling Jokers

Get ready for a new and exciting game to add to your game collection. Look no further than Rolling Jokers! This surprisingly racing game is perfect for game nights with friends and family. Players will take control of their marbles and race around the board with the help of specially designed cards. Plus, it can be played in teams, making it the best game for the whole squad. The first player to make it to the finish line wins!

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Adults

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Award-Winning Children's book — Rolling Jokers
Award-Winning Children's book — Relaxing & Energizing Shower Steamers Megapack of 18-tablets

Relaxing & Energizing Shower Steamers Megapack of 18-tablets

For most moms, day-to-day life is filled with stress-inducing elements and lack of me-time. Everything from the responsibilities to the environment leads to strain that weighs on your body and mind. Preventive measures like exercise, meditation, reading are all great way to counter this stress but there is not just time for it.

That is why Cleverfy Beauty has introduced amazing self care essential, aromatherapy shower steamers, to help reduce your anxiety and kick-off the day. No mom have time to take relaxing bath sessions too often hence we are introducing an alternative to turn everyday showers into something special. You can think of these as bath bombs, but for your shower. All you have to do is place one of the disks on the floor while showering and let the essential oils work their magic. Not only do these turn a boring old shower into something more exciting, they provide health benefits as well. The most notable example of these benefits is stress reduction and mood enhancement. Your body and mind will feel refreshed after taking a shower with this self care essential steamer.

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

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Purple Shower Steamers Gift Set of 6-tablets

Immerse Yourself in Aromatherapy Luxury!

Do you get home from work feeling sapped and exhausted?
Does the thought of your holiday to-do list leave you paralyzed?

Reinvigorate your mood so you can handle it all with the help of Cleverfy’s rejuvenating Shower Steamers.
These stress reducing aromatherapy tablets are activated by the gentle splash of your shower, filling your space with soothing aromas to suit your desired mental headspace.

Shower Steamers Highlights:
– Imbued with pure essential oils for an authentic aromatherapy experience
– Made with real flower petals
– Helps ease stress and anxiety
– Boosts feelings of relaxation
– Vegan and cruelty-free
– Available in 8 luxurious options

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

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Award-Winning Children's book — Purple Shower Steamers Gift Set of 6-tablets
Award-Winning Children's book — Playful Chef: Deluxe Charcuterie Kit

Playful Chef: Deluxe Charcuterie Kit

This kit has everything chefs-in-training need to get in on the fun charcuterie trend, including 3 kid-safe knives that slice through foods while sparing little fingers, 25 kid-sized utensils, full-color recipe cards and a pamphlet to give ideas for fun holiday-themed trays. Use the wooden charcuterie board, shaped cutters and more to create adorable, delicious charcuterie boards for any occasion. Young chefs will delight in trying these new and favorite foods they’ve prepared themselves with kid-tested recipes!25 Piece Deluxe Set Includes:• 10″ X 8″ Wooden charcuterie board and 10″ x 7″ Cutting board• 3 Safety knives in 4.75″, 5.75″, and 6.75″ lengths• 2 Heart cutters sized 2.5″ and 1.5″• 2 Star cutters sized 2.5″ and 1.5″• 2 Flower cutters sized 2.5″ and 1.5″• Serving tongs and non-slip tongs• Tablespoon measuring spoon• Dip bowl• 10 Star food picks• 3 Double-sided recipe cards• Holiday idea bookKid-Friendly Tools: Safety knives are optimized for functionality. The plastic blades are engineered to cut through hard foods like carrots and apples without any danger to hands or fingers. Fun shaped cutters help encourage kids to try new foods and are a quick and easy way to dress up your charcuterie boards.Oversized Recipe Cards:

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 9 to 12

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Peter’s Rockin’ Ear: A Story of Self-Acceptance
Written by Dede Dankelson; Illustrated by Pratyush Chaterjee

Peter wishes he looked like everyone else, but he was born with only one ear. He tries to make one, but nothing works until his parents take him to an ear store. Peter wears his new ear to Shredapalooza. But will it stick long enough for him to feel like a real rock star?

Inspired by the true story of Peter Dankelson and the Pete’s Diary mission to amplify self-acceptance. This picture book encourages everyone to embrace their own differences. Perfect for children ages 3-7 and rock enthusiasts everywhere.

Children’s Picture Books:
Inspirational / Motivational

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Award-Winning Children's book — Peter's Rockin' Ear
Award-Winning Children's book — Nice Shoes

Nice Shoes: A little compliment can go a long way
Written by Dennis Gillan, Stephen Pihl; Illustrated by Nai Saechao

This important and positive book is a perfect way for parents, teachers, and caregivers to open a dialog with children ages 4–10 about having a bad day and also how they can brighten the day of someone else who might really need it.

Derek is having a really bad day. Nothing is going right at home or at school, and nobody is noticing his awesome new shoes. His day is turning out so rough that he just wants this day and all of his days to end… or so he thinks. Then one kind word from a very popular kid at school, Carlos, changes everything.
A kind word really does go a long way. Life always has its ups and downs, good days and bad. Sometimes dark thoughts can overwhelm us, especially children. This important and positive book is a perfect way for parents, teachers, and caregivers to open a dialog with children ages 4–10 about having a bad day and also about how they can brighten the day of someone else who might really need it.
Based on a true story

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

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Lilah Loves Life: N/A
Written by Brian Sullivan; Illustrated by Laura Watson; Edited by Alex Kale

With her sunny outlook and cheerful disposition, Lilah approaches each day as a gift, and she’s determined to make the most of every one of them. And although she enjoys life’s simple pleasures, she also has high expectations about how she will make her mark in the world.
Join Lilah as she joyfully makes her way through a typical day and inspires youngsters to think positive and dream big.

Children’s Picture Books:
Growing Up / Personal Growth

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Award-Winning Children's book — Lilah Loves Life
Award-Winning Children's book — Legends of the Donut Shop

Legends of the Donut Shop
Written by Terry Overton; Edited by Kara Startcher

At seventeen years of age, Wes Williams is injured in a head-on collision and nearly loses his life. Wes does not know if he will live or die. In a mysterious near-death experience, he travels back in time to his earlier years and the time he spent with his grandfather and his old buddies at the Donut Shop. The humorous gang of old veterans, and one retired sheriff, retell their stories once again. This time, Wes understands the meaning of each story.

This is a book of second chances, life lessons, and forgiveness. Wes’s life is changed forever and he begins a new chapter in his life.

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12):
Religion & Spirituality

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Ghosts in the Attic Cooperative Game

It’s lights out for this unique board game that you play in the dark! Featuring a glow-in-the-dark game board and light-up ghost mover, players work together in this cooperative game to escape the haunted manor and lock the ghost inside. This one-of-a-kind game is sure to become a family game night favorite! For 2 – 6 players ages 5 and up. • Great for home or classroom use• Players learn strategy, shared decision-making and cooperation• Kids develop social and emotional skills through cooperative play• Includes 1 game board, 1 light-up ghost, 3 haunted manor explorers, 4 camera flash tokens, 1 spinner and instructions.

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 5 to 8

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Award-Winning Children's book — Ghosts in the Attic Cooperative Game
Award-Winning Children's book — Force1 Shark Rider

Force1 Shark Rider

LED RC Stunt Car for Kids: The Force1 Shark Rider remote control car features 360° spins, off-road driving with tough rubber tires, bright LED lights, sound effects, a removable action figure that can sit or stand while driving, and 2.4 GHz remote control. Available in two styles, Shark Rider or Storm Rider toy cars are fun to play alone or race with friends; the perfect rc cars for beginners!

3 Drive Modes: Use the included car remote control to switch between 3 different drive modes: standing upright, tri-motorcycle 3 wheeled driving, or standard seated while doing 360° stunts. The Shark Rider RC car has bright LED lights and plays sound effects with built in volume control to turn sound ON/OFF and action figure can be removed for play

Easy 2.4GHz No-Interference Control: Take control with the easy remote transmitter and watch this remote control car perform 360° spins, turns with a push of a button, and transform rider into 3 different driving positions; anti-interference feature lets you drive multiple RC cars at once

Grippy Rubber Tires: This high speed RC car features grippy rubber tires to drive on multiple indoor or outdoor surfaces including tile, hardwood, carpet, asphalt

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 5 to 8

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Fingerprints of God
Written and illustrated by Melanie Burgess

Fingerprints of God is a beautifully poetic book, teaching children that the world has been created and God is the Creator. If you simply look at the beauty of the galaxy, the earth, and everything on the earth you can clearly see the truth of God’s magnificent creation.

Children’s Picture Books:
Poetry

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Award-Winning Children's book — Fingerprints of God
Award-Winning Children's book — Dare to Imagine

Dare to Imagine: A Magical, whimsical Journey for Kids
Written by Leonard Eckhaus; Illustrated by Stacy Hummel

Dare to Imagine is a cornucopia of wonderful children’s poems, songs and fables.

Follow the kitten Patches as she makes a new friend and learns how important it is to heed her mother’s advice; read the fairytale of Sirius, the brightest star in our galaxy and how she taught all the other stars to shine brightly and light up the sky every night; go on a great adventure with Darby as he rides trolley cars and marches in a parade; and go along on an eight year old’s journey to an ancient castle where he meets the king and the queen and eats blackbird pie.

This book is for the children. Each poem and fable parallel events and activities all younger children experience. At the end of each narrative are some questions for discussion. These questions are meant to engender thoughts and greater insights into the topics, from the child’s perspective.

Additionally, each of the poems is also a fun lyric to a song that the children can sing along with and that you can enjoy together. When you purchase the book, you will be able to download these (free) songs so you and your child can enjoy the songs and stories over and over again.

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Fantasy, Myths & Legends

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Becoming Santa
Written by Cyndi Go Go Merritt; Illustrated by Oliver Kryzz Bundoc; Edited by Matt Cubberly

Every parent dreads the day, usually a few days before Christmas, when their child comes home in tears because someone at school has ruined the tradition of Santa for them. What do you say when your child questions the magic, the spirit, the existence of Santa?

Children’s Picture Books:
Seasonal, Holidays & Festivals

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Award-Winning Children's book — Becoming Santa
Award-Winning Children's book — Becoming A Hero

Becoming A Hero
Written by Cyndi Go Go Merritt; Illustrated by Oliver Kryzz Bundoc; Edited by Stephanie Kelly, Matt Cubberly

Sometimes kids can be mean to each other, often without even realizing it. Fortunately, kids can also be kind at heart and accepting without realizing it. Their everyday acts of kindness can make a huge difference, and the impact can be life changing for both the giver and the receiver. Follow Daniel and his friends as they discover the difference they make every day.

Children’s Picture Books:
Values & Life Lessons

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Animal Craft Kit

The Craftikit Animal Crafts Kit is a fun and simple box of crafts for kids aged 3-8 to enjoy. There are 20 fun and simple projects to keep little ones busy on those rainy days.

The kit is organized to make it easier to use. Each craft lives in its own paper envelope and contains everything that the child needs to complete the project. No more trips to the craft store for extra supplies!

Each envelope has a sticker with a picture of the craft on it and is color coded into 4 categories; Tissue Paper Crafts, Paper Bag Puppets, Paper Plate Crafts, and Tube Animals. This means that finding the type of project and animal they want to create is a cinch. Little ones can simply flick through the envelopes in the box, choose the craft they want, and close the box for later on.

Most crafts are made of paper and card, with a few other fun supplies thrown in. A glue stick and washi tape is included inside and provide all the stickiness needed for every craft.

The crafts are designed to develop and child’s fine motor skills, challenge their ability to follow instructions, and allow them to express their creativity through the Mystery Craft. Most of the crafts are puppets, meaning that they continue to deliver fun long after they’ve been made.

Arts, Crafts & Hobbies:
Preschoolers

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Award-Winning Children's book — Animal Craft Kit

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