Parents' Choice Foundation Announces Spring 2006 Small Screen Awards

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Parents' Choice Foundation announces the Spring 2006 Parents' Choice Awards in children’s software, television, magazines, videogames, DVDs and websites.

Established in 1978, Parents’ Choice searches out and recommends products that help kids grow – imaginatively, physically, morally and mentally—fairly priced products that are fun, safe and socially sound. The Parents’ Choice Awards Committees are comprised of parents, educators, librarians, artists, musicians, designers, scientists, and yes, kids themselves. The award recipients were chosen from the hundreds of nominations submitted by producers and publishers from across the US and Canada.

“Across this broad spectrum of categories, our committees commented that the award winning products demonstrate respect - for the audience, for the subject matter and for the medium. Judges place a high value on age appropriate material that helps children learn. Material that helps children and parents – get connected and stay connected,” said Claire Green, president of Parents’ Choice Foundation.

The Parents’ Choice Awards have 6 levels of commendation: Parents’ Choice Gold Award, Silver Honor, Recommended, Approved, Classic and Fun Stuff. The Spring 2006 Small Screen Awards cited only one Classic Award commendation issued to a DVD Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Going to School. In a total of five product categories, only twenty Parents’ Choice Gold Awards were issued. They are :

Magazines: Chirp (ages 3-6, Bayard), ChickaDEE (ages 6-9, Bayard), Zoobooks (ages 6-12, Wildlife Education) and Imagine (ages 12-18, Johns Hopkins University)

Software: Didi & Ditto The Wolf King (ages 5-7, Kutoka) and Nancy Drew: Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon (ages 10 and up, Her Interactive)

DVD: The Wheels on the Bus (ages 3-6, Scholastic) Martin’s Big Words (ages 4-12, Scholastic) and Dan Zanes and Friends All Around the Kitchen (all ages, Festival Five Records)

Television: Peep and the Big Wide World (ages 2-5, Discovery/WGBH) The Backyardigans (ages 2-5, MTV Networks), Paper Clips (8 and up HBO) and Swan Lake (6 and up, Thirteen/WNET). A Foundation for a Better Life received three Gold Awards for its public service announcements: Cafeteria, Everyday Heroes and Reach.

Websites: PBS Parents (PBS), Scholastic’s Flashlight Readers, News Online and Write It each received a Parents’ Choice Gold Award.

For a complete roster of all Spring 2006 Parents' Choice Award winners in all "small screen" categories, visit the foundation’s Web site:

About Parents’ Choice Foundation: Established in 1978, Parents' Choice Foundation is the nation's oldest nonprofit evaluator of children's books, toys, video, music and storytelling, software, television, and magazines. The Foundation's mission is to provide parents with information to participate wisely in their children's learning. Parents’ Choice has no commercial ties, maintaining its twenty-eight year tradition as an independent voice.

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