Weekly Roundup: Children’s Picture Books, Baby Gear, Educational Products + More!! 05/05 – 05/11

WR 05/15 - Best Books, Best Toys, and Best Parenting Supplies

This week’s roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners features children’s picture books, baby gear, educational 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 May 5, 2024 to May 11, 2024.

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 — WrestleDreamia: A Boy’s Strange Journey Into The Squared Circle

WrestleDreamia: A Boy’s Strange Journey Into The Squared Circle
Written by Daniel Boyd; Illustrated by Hector Mexia

Breece Harris, a troubled, mixed-race 12-year-old, has been cut from his middle-school basketball team for a lack of discipline. A happy kid growing up, Breece has become a bitter adolescent, transformed by the recent sudden death of his father. His world turned upside-down when Brick Layer moved into their trailer park for his 1-month guest residency for a local Pro-Wrestling Federation.

Brick is known as the worst of bad guys, known as “heels” in the business. When he reluctantly agrees to train Breece, the boy quickly learns that “you can’t judge a book by its cover” as the thick, thoughtful layers of the perceived brute are revealed to him.

Breece slowly develops discipline and respect, but first, he has to survive the brutal training regime…

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12):
Inspirational / Motivational

Purchase here

The Truth About Stepmoms
Written by Renee Bolla; Illustrated by Jack Button; Edited by Naomi Dunsen-White

Stepmoms are evil.
Stepmoms are sneaky.
Stepmoms are witches in disguise…or so you heard.

But what if all you heard is far from the truth?

Join the adventure of a stepdaughter and stepmother as they discover the true magic of family in The Truth About Stepmoms.

The Truth About Stepmoms celebrates the precious bond that can grow between children and their stepmothers, debunking common stereotypes and fostering a positive understanding of blended families.
Children’s Picture Books:
Family Life

Purchase here

Award-Winning Children's book — The Truth About Stepmoms
Award-Winning Children's book — The Snowman Project

The Snowman Project
Written by Angie Dixon; Illustrated by Jan Philpot

For The Kids!

This story developed during the 2020 Pandemic from the creative mind of RealtorTM Angie Dixon. Bringing family and friends together during a time of global crisis began with the Family Christmas Activity Jar. She realized now, more than ever, that TIME is the most precious gift you can give. Each person began to think about an activity they wanted to place in the jar.

One special activity of the gift of time grew into a worldwide sharing of snowmen, bringing people together. This beautifully illustrated children’s book is a treasure for the whole family!

100% of the profits of this project will be made available to help families with children struggling with loneliness and depression get the counseling they need. In addition, excess funds will provide scholarships for students wishing to pursue a career in counseling, particularly focusing on pediatrics and families.

Please visit TheSnowmanProject.org for more information.

Children’s Picture Books:
Philanthropic (Books that donate to a charity)

Purchase here

The Pickles of Pickleton
Written by Bucleigh Newton Kernodle

Introducing the Dills family, residents of Pickleton, in this spin-off series from the award-winning, faith-based series I Would Love You Even If.

All the neighbors of Pickleton are friendly and get along well together. Everyone, that is, except for one family…the Sours. Their bitterness may leave a harsh taste around town, but a very “jarring” experience changes their acidic tune. Will they learn to love their neighbors and help in the community? With puns, wit, and charm, Pickleton is indeed a sweet place to visit. The clever words and detailed illustrations will fill your imagination and bring you into Pickleton smiling.

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

Purchase here

Award-Winning Children's book — The Pickles of Pickleton
Award-Winning Children's book — The Legend of The Two Santas

The Legend of The Two Santas
Written by Frederick J. Tirrell; Illustrated by Stonehenge Literary & Media

. “The Legend of the Two Santas” authored by esteemed educator Fred Tirrell, offers a unique twist on the timeless tale of Santa Claus and his Christmas Eve journey.

In Tirrell’s enchanting narrative, Santa encounters an unexpected challenge while delivering presents around the globe. After sustaining a minor injury, he finds himself in need of assistance to ensure every child receives their cherished gifts. Enter a remarkable hero – a young boy who uses a wheelchair, demonstrating remarkable courage and determination.

This heartwarming story not only celebrates the spirit of Christmas but also highlights the power of inclusivity and the importance of helping others in need. As the handicapped boy takes the reins of Santa’s sleigh, readers are taken on a remarkable journey filled with joy, compassion, and the true meaning of the holiday season.

“The Legend of the Two Santas” is a testament to the power of storytelling to inspire positive change and unite readers from all walks of life.

Children’s Picture Books:
Adventure, Adventurers & Heroes

Purchase here

The ABCs of Grief
Written by Jessica Correnti, MS, CCLS; Illustrated by Rachel Nieman; Edited by Alexandra Arnold

The ABCs of Grief is a children’s book that walks through each letter of the alphabet to unpack different aspects of the grief experience.

Grief is messy, confusing, and overwhelming for all ages—but especially young children who are trying to make sense of the big changes and losses happening around them.

Grief is something EVERYONE will face at some point in their lives. Yet, grief can be difficult to navigate without having supports in place.

This book is exactly that, a gentle support, holding your hand and validating the experience each step of the way.

Written by a seasoned Certified Child Life Specialist, bereaved mom, and owner of the private practice, Kids Grief Support.

Children’s Picture Books:
Values & Life Lessons

Purchase here

Award-Winning Children's book — The ABCs of Grief
Award-Winning Children's book — mima xari max

mima xari max

The xari max is mima’s Next Generation of Innovation. The xari max combines the luxurious look that is trademark of the mima® brand with essential features for today’s parenting journey:

Bigger, Deeper Seat for a Growing Baby. Designed with longevity in mind, the xari max has a considerably large construction to accommodate little ones as they grow. The seat is designed with extra depth and maximum comfort which accommodates children up to 50 lb.
Lighter Weight and Durable. Remarkably, the large seat size and wide chassis frame are lightweight, resulting in a streamlined and more maneuverable stroller. The Chassis is made of heavy-duty material that is durable for a variety of terrains.

Breakthrough Magnetic Buckle. The xari max stroller is the first of the mima® brand to feature a fully magnetic harness buckle, accompanied by 5-point safety straps. The magnetic seat buckle means one-hand, one-click, fully secured, and fuss-free fastening making quick transitions with baby from the stroller seat into mom or dad’s arms a breeze.

Gear & Accessories:
Strollers

Purchase here

Magic Pasta
Written by Diana Pishner Walker; Illustrated by Brian Dumm

In a small Italian village in Italy lived a royal family, King and Queen Primavera, Prince Orzo, and Princess Penne. When Princess Penne grew tired of her royal toys, she discovered a little magic beneath her pasta bowl. Join this royal Italian family on a magical adventure that will last a lifetime.

Children’s Picture Books:
Values & Life Lessons

Purchase here

Award-Winning Children's book — Magic Pasta
Award-Winning Children's book — Lindie Lou Adventure Series, Six Book Set

Lindie Lou Adventure Series, Six Book Set: (Paperbook, Hardcover and Kindle Versions)
Written by Jeanne Bender; Illustrated by Kate Willows; Edited by Nancy Kiefer

The Lindie Lou Adventure Series books have been described as a “gentle story-telling style and safe-for children.” Written at a 2nd-3rd grade reading level, the books include several color illustrations, large fonts, and short chapters. An adorable puppy named Lindie Lou who loves an adventure visits amazing places around the world. Each book includes actual geographic locations, historical events, and social emotional life lessons (SEL). In book one, Lindie Lou and her brothers and sisters are born in St. Louis, Missouri and experience a city museum before flying on an airplane to their forever homes. In the second book, Lindie Lou tours the city of Seattle, Washington and travels up in space at the famous Space Needle. Book three is an adventure on an organic farm in Des Moines, Iowa. The next book, Lindie Lou uncovers the secret of the big apple in New York City. The secret changes her life. Next, Lindie Lou travels above the arctic circle and tours the tundra with a polar bear cub in Svalbard, Norway.

Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Reference & Study Aids

Purchase here

Boppy Original Support Nursing Pillow

The Boppy Original Support Nursing Pillow offers ergonomic support for nursing, bottle feeding, and bonding. Its c-shaped design accommodates various feeding positions and aids in better latch and back relief. Machine washable with a removable cover, it’s convenient for busy moms spending over 35 hours weekly breastfeeding. The beltless design ensures easy, one-handed placement, while the Miracle Middle panel provides comfort post-C-section. Hypoallergenic fill and a removable cover keep it clean, with additional covers sold separately. Not for sleep, it’s designed for supervised awake-time. Consider the Boppy Best Latch Support or Boppy Anywhere Support Nursing Pillows for extended sizes. Follow AAP Safe Sleep Guidelines; never use for sleep.

Gear & Accessories:
Feeding

Purchase here

Award-Winning Children's book — Boppy Original Support Nursing Pillow
Award-Winning Children's book — Boppy Comfygrow Hybrid Baby Carrier

Boppy Comfygrow Hybrid Baby Carrier

Discover the comfort and ease of the groundbreaking ComfyGrow Baby Carrier, your essential companion from newborn to toddler (7-35lbs). This lightweight carrier, weighing under 1 pound, simplifies parenting without compromising on comfort or style.
It offers three carrying options: infant front-face in (frog position), inward and outward facing, along with three seat positions and multiple head support adjustments, evolving seamlessly with your baby’s growth. Designed for the modern, on-the-go parent, ComfyGrow Carrier combines the cozy feel of a wrap, the simplicity of a structured carrier, and the versatility of an all-in-one system. The breathable cotton fabric makes it cool for warm days and easy to machine wash and dry. A quick-adjust waist belt provides structure with an adjustable seat that grows with baby in a snap! With three snap seat options, you can widen the seat as needed as baby grows to take that weight off your back and shoulders.

Gear & Accessories:
Miscellaneous

Purchase here

2 Comments on “Weekly Roundup: Children’s Picture Books, Baby Gear, Educational Products + More!! 05/05 – 05/11”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *