Weekly roundup: Mom’s Choice Awards Honorees – 05-19-2024 – 05-25-2024

WR 05/28 - Best Books, Best Toys, and Best Parenting Supplies

This week’s roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners features educational books, motivational reads, children’s supplements + 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 19, 2024 to May 25, 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 — You Are a Social Detective! Teaching Curriculum & Support Guide

You Are a Social Detective! Teaching Curriculum & Support Guide: Lessons and Practical Activities
Written by Pamela Crooke, Michelle Garcia Winner, Kari Zweber Palmer

Bring social emotional learning into the classroom!

Thousands of schools, clinics, and homes have found the award-winning storybook, You Are a Social Detective! (Winner & Crooke, 2020), to be a practical, engaging addition to their libraries. While simply reading the storybook is educational, the social and emotional concepts are ripe for deeper teaching in whole-class and small-group settings. The You Are a Social Detective! Teaching Curriculum and Support Guide has been piloted and tested over years in large school districts. It’s just the tool you need to bring important social learning into your classroom.

Help your students become Social Detectives with this easy-to-use curriculum that fits into your current teaching day.

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12):
Body, Mind & Spirit

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Tough & Tumble Large Gnome

The Tough & Tumble rubber treat dispensers by Brightkins are designed to be a durable option for mental stimulation at playtime – a great option for dogs who are tough on their toys. These playful gnomes make for happy homes as they combine durability with whimsical charm! Designed to wobble and roll, Tough & Tumble treat dispensers will have your pet wiggling to reveal the hidden snacks. Ideal size for on-the-go mental enrichment anytime, anywhere! These also double as slow feeders, encouraging fast eaters to slow down and helping avoid upset stomachs.

Gear & Accessories:
Pet Related

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Award-Winning Children's book — Tough & Tumble Large Gnome
Award-Winning Children's book — The Unopened Present

The Unopened Present
Written by Richard V. Battle

What life lessons do you want to teach your children?

What if you don’t live to communicate them?

Richard Battle asked himself the same questions when he became a father for the first time at 45 years old. In Richard’s words, “I wrote my six-month-old son, John, a letter sharing 43 Christian Scriptural truths in case I didn’t survive to teach them to him. Unfortunately, John passed three months later before he could learn these lessons.” The Unopened Present reveals a father’s love and the unopened present left behind by a life cut short. The easy-to-read format aids parents in teaching younger children and enables older children to discover the wisdom in these lessons.

Adult Books:
Inspirational / Motivational

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The Magic Sea Turtle Written by Kathleen Welton & Illustrated by Chau Pham
Written by Kathleen Welton; Illustrated by Chau Pham; Edited by John Fox

Myrtle lives in a beautiful kingdom where she dreams of being Queen. When she falls from her world, she discovers an entire ocean of possibilities! Will her new surroundings inspire new wishes…and will her new friends help them come true?

Children’s Picture Books:
Animal Kingdom

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Award-Winning Children's book — The Magic Sea Turtle Written by Kathleen Welton & Illustrated by Chau Pham
Award-Winning Children's book — The Little Virtues (9 Book Bundle)

The Little Virtues (9 Book Bundle): Little Faith, Little Love, Little Brave, Little Envy, Little Honest, Little Honor, Little Patience, Little Charity, Volume One
Written by Rose Sprinkle; Illustrated by Maryury Rivera, Crystal Smalls Ord, Kimberli Johnson

The Little Virtues are an award winning children’s books series that make learning virtues fun and easy to understand. Written in rhyme verse, each book teaches emotional resiliency and a different virtue so kids can learn to be brave, kind, confident, and much more. These books are appropriate for ages 0-12 and older.

Children’s Picture Books:
Values & Life Lessons

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Superflex® 2nd Edition Kit: Curriculum, Storybook, and Visuals
Written by Pamela Crooke, Michelle Garcia Winner, Stephanie Madrigal

New Edition! Updated & Expanded

For more than a decade, our practical, motivating, and kid-friendly Superflex Curriculum has been a core resource for teaching students about flexibility, self-awareness, social interpretation, metacognition, executive functions, and self-regulation. This updated and expanded Superflex® 2nd Edition Kit: Curriculum, Storybook, and Visuals augments the available resources and enhances support for educators, therapists, and parents/caregivers through a suite of print and digital teaching materials.

The 25 interactive quests that make up the curriculum help students transform abstract thinking into concrete strategies as they learn prosocial and proactive ways to figure out how people work, learn, and play together from a social and emotional perspective.

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12):
Body, Mind & Spirit

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Award-Winning Children's book — Superflex® 2nd Edition Kit
Award-Winning Children's book — Social Situation Mapping

Social Situation Mapping: Making Sense of the Social World
Written by Michelle Garcia Winner, Pamela Crooke

Helping Learners Understand and Make Choices in the Social World
What’s happening around us influences our thoughts, feelings, and responses. Social Situation Mapping (formerly Social Behavior Mapping), a core teaching framework within the Social Thinking® Methodology, uses visual templates to encourage learners to engage social observation for figuring out what to do and say (or not do and say) based on a particular situation: where we are, who is present, and what is happening. The maps also outline a fundamental teaching framework we call the Social Emotional Chain Reaction, which shows how we all impact one another when sharing space. The maps are meant to be taught from the perspective of the student or client to provide options for what to do or say in common situations. We encourage educators, therapists, and parents to jointly generate unique maps alongside the student or client based on their individual goals.

Young Adult Books:
Non-Fiction – General

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Smidgen, the Baseball-Loving Pigeon: Growing Up at a Stadium in the Bronx
Written by Sue Nichols; Illustrated by Gary Blake; Edited by Aaxel Author Services

Baseball is an American family tradition for both people and pigeons alike! For Smidgen and his family, living in a famous stadium sounds like fun. But, when you’re Smidgen, it also comes with its challenges, like passing a night flying test and learning to be friends with a rival team. Growing up just seems tough! Can Smidgen’s love for baseball guide him through his growing pains and help him earn his stripes?

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Award-Winning Children's book — Smidgen, the Baseball-Loving Pigeon
Award-Winning Children's book — Slingz


The all season, easy-to-play, take-anywhere-game for kids and adults of all ages. With over 280 themes to choose from, no game will ever be the same! Deal five letters to each player and flip a card to reveal a theme. Players must quickly come up with a word or phrase that begins with one of their letters and matches the theme at play. Be quick! Once three cards have been played, the third card is flipped to reveal a new theme. Get those creative juices flowing! Most anything goes, but one thing is guaranteed – you won’t be able to stop laughing!

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Young Adults

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PISA LOVES BELLA: A Towering Tale of Kindness
Written by Kimberley Lovato; Illustrated by Barbara Bongini; Edited by Emma Walton Hamilton, Anne Himmelfarb

Welcome to Pisa!
I’m thrilled you dropped by.
I’m Bella the bell tower—
Eight stories high!

And so begins this uplifting rhyming tale told by Bella, Italy’s famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. For hundreds of years, Bella has felt proud of her gravity-defying tilt. But her confidence is tested one day when she overhears hurtful words about her appearance. Bella responds by making a big change, one that leaves the residents of Pisa and visitors from around the world worried that their treasured tower will never be the same again.

Splashed with joyful art, memorable rhymes, and Italian expressions, “Pisa Loves Bella” is a celebratory and heartfelt story—as sweet as spumoni!—about kindness toward others and yourself.

Children’s Picture Books:
Values & Life Lessons

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Award-Winning Children's book — PISA LOVES BELLA
Award-Winning Children's book — Isle of Shadows: The Inky Trilogy

Isle of Shadows: The Inky Trilogy
Written by Don Stansberry

A very small wizard named Inkydomus lives in the ruins of an abandoned castle. Because of a curse placed on his father, he has lived over three hundred years and has grown to a height of only twelve inches. His legendary adventures working for the royals are known throughout Europe. These stories have been passed down for generations among the royal and poor alike. Now after nearly a hundred years of hiding from a life he despised, he finds someone is searching for him. The thought of an adventure is surprisingly appealing and Inky allows himself to be captured and taken to a king who needs a mystery solved. The adventure he finds is far more perilous than he ever expected. A cruel king, strange creatures, a zoo full of monstrosities, and an unexpected friendship will change his life forever in the search for missing gold.

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

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Else Kids Nutrition Shake Ready To Drink Vanilla

Ultra-processed foods make up nearly 67% of calories in kids’ diets! That’s not good and is leading to an increase in obesity, diabetes, and imbalanced diets in children later in life.

We’re excited to tell you about our new ready-to-drink kids’ protein shakes that naturally fuels kids growth. Else Nutrition Kids Ready To Drink Shake, Vanilla is a game-changer! It’s the first Plant-Powered solution that tastes incredibly delicious, like nothing else on the market! Kids love the taste (even picky eaters!) and parents approve of the nutrition-packed benefits.

Busy households constantly juggle school, sports, and family activities. This can often lead to unbalanced nutrition and the need for essential nutrients.! Not with Else Nutrition. Its clean label ensures there are no nasties,, and it’s dairy-free, soy-free, and non-GMO. It’s also free of antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, gums and fillers, and is certified safe from heavy metals – so important and a frequent concern among consumers with kids who have food sensitivities.
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Award-Winning Children's book — Else Kids Nutrition Shake Ready To Drink Vanilla
Award-Winning Children's book — Dr. Bonyfide Anatomy Plushy Kit

Dr. Bonyfide Anatomy Plushy Kit

An interactive experience made to introduce your child to the basic anatomy and organs of the body. Unzip Dr. B’s ribcage and explore the heart, lungs, intestines, stomach, kidneys and bladder. Each organ has a different shape and color for easy, distinguishable identification.

Move easily through this learning with the accompanying fact cards, patient chart, stethoscope, and interactive activity.

– 14″ Plush Dr. Bonyfide Doll with removable plush organs including the heart, lungs, intestines, stomach, kidneys, and bladder
– Stethoscope
– 7 Fact Cards
– Clip Board with Learning Guide and Patient Chart Activities
– Clear Backpack

Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Ages 5 to 8

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Dino Preschool

Play 650+ educational games for toddlers and make the learning experience for your kids an exciting one! These Baby games and puzzles are suitable for kids 2, 3, 4 & 5 year olds. The various preschool games include sorting, tracing, matching, coloring, tapping, and much more. These preschool games will improve your child’s color sense, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills! Endless opportunities to have fun while learning.

These learning games are an ideal way for toddlers to learn lowercase & uppercase alphabets, alphabet series, objects, shapes, colors, and much more! You will be amazed to see how quickly your toddler learns so many different things and that too in a fun, exciting way.

These games are a great way for you to have some fun learning time with your child. Watch your toddlers complete these fun games while learning at the same time. It is filled with cute, colorful graphics and funny animations that encourage your child to learn more!

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Award-Winning Children's book — Dino Preschool
Award-Winning Children's book — Cooped Up Cats

Cooped Up Cats
Written by Amy Pulliam; Illustrated by Vince Ortiz

Cooped Up Cats opens with two best friends who are tired of being housebound. Mo, daring and mischievous, with the help of Tiger, devises a plan to escape to the wild outdoors. Along the way, however, Mo realizes that perhaps his idea of spending a day outside wasn’t such a great idea after all. Cooped Up Cats will make you feel warm and fuzzy as you giggle your way into understanding that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side!

Children’s Picture Books:
Basic Concepts

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Choo! Choo! Choo! The Train at the Zoo Written by Kathleen Welton & Illustrated by Tamara Joubert
Written by Kathleen Welton; Illustrated by Tamara Joubert; Edited by Lauren Green
Kayleigh Rucinski

The engine on the train goes choo, choo, choo. Choo, choo, choo. Choo, choo, choo. The engine on the train goes choo, choo, choo as Peg calls, “All aboard!”

Follow along with this reimagining of the classic tune “The Wheels on the Bus” as various animal friends join Peg the Pig for a train ride at the zoo! Lions, tigers, monkeys, and pigs-everyone is hopping on the train today. Can you spot your favorite zoo animal? What sound does each creature make? With Choo! Choo! Choo! The Train at the Zoo, young readers will have a memorable time giggling, singing, and pointing out the zoo creatures on their adventure from one exhibit to the next. This catchy tale will have children wishing they could hitch a ride with all the exciting animals that make the train go choo, choo, choo.

Children’s Picture Books:
Animal Kingdom

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Award-Winning Children's book — Choo! Choo! Choo! The Train at the Zoo Written by Kathleen Welton & Illustrated by Tamara Joubert

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