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The National Parenting Publications Awards gives Obama top honors for children’s book

National Parenting Publications Awards

This is an exquisite celebration of women and men who have made significant contributions to our country’s social and cultural greatness.

President Obama has won top honors for his children’s book, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, illustrated by Loren Long and published by Random House Children’s Books. The National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA), now in its 21st year, today announced the winners of its 2011 Children’s Products Competition. The president received a NAPPA Gold award in the books category.

“This is an exquisite celebration of women and men who have made significant contributions to our country’s social and cultural greatness,” said Rubin Pfeffer, NAPPA book judge. “Stirring illustrations accompany concise, moving text to make this an inspiration for all children.”

NAPPA’s top honor, the Gold award, was bestowed upon 75 children’s toys, games, books, DVDs, CDs, and virtual media. Each winner was selected by NAPPA’s team of independent expert judges, along with parent and kid testers, to be among the most entertaining, appealing, safe, educational, age-appropriate, and enduring products. The NAPPA seal has come to symbolize innovation, usefulness and high quality that parents trust.

A complete list of all 75 Gold and 93 Honors award recipients, as well as 13 Rising Stars, can be found at NAPPAawards.com. 2011 NAPPA Gold winning products include:

TOYS
Hexbug Nano Hive Habitat Set—Innovation First Labs, LLC, $34.99; Hexbug.com; ages 3 +
Meon Deluxe Animation Studio—Skyrocket Toys, $29.99; MeonGlow.com; ages 5+
Perplexus Epic— PlaSmart, Inc., $29.99; PlaSmartToys.com; ages 8+
Little Green Money Machine—DelVisionaries, $199; LittleGreenMoneyMachine.com; ages 9+

VIRTUAL MEDIA (Video games, Apps, Software, Websites, etc.)
Pat the Bunny for ipad, iPhone and iPod Touch—Random House; $3.99; RandomHouse.com/kids/apps; ages 2 to 6
Fooz Kids—Fuhu; free; FoozKids.com; ages 2 to 11
Disney.com/Create—Disney Interactive Media Group; free; Disney.com/create; ages 5 to 15
MLB 11: The Show—Sony Computer Entertainment America; $59.99; Us.Playstation.com; ages 10+

BOARD AND CARD GAMES
Richard Scarry's Busytown Busy, Busy Airport—Wonder Forge, $19.99; TheWonderForge.com; ages 3+
Color Stix—MindWare, $19.95; MindWare.com; ages 5+
Joe Name It—Gamewright, $9.99; Gamewright.com; ages 12+
Reverse Charades—RETROPlay, $23.99; ReverseCharades.com; all ages

BOOKS
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star—Written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011; $16.99; LB-Kids.com; ages 0 to 2
Bailey—Written by Harry Bliss, Scholastic Press, 2011, $16.99; Scholastic.com; ages 3 to 5
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters—Written by Barack Obama, illustrated by Loren Long, Random House Children’s Books, 2011; $17.99; RandomHouse.com/kids; ages 6 to 8
One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street—Written by Joanne Rocklin, Abrams, 2011; $16.95; AbramsBooks.com; ages 9 to 12
Klutz Guide to the Galaxy—Written by Pat Murphy and the Scientists of Klutz Labs, 2011; Scholastic Press, $19.99, Klutz.com; ages 12+

MAGAZINES
ChickaDEE—Owlkids; $5.25 an issue; $29.99 for a one-year subscription (10 issues); OwlKids.com; ages 6 to 9
Highlights Puzzlemania—Highlights for Children; $5.95 an issue; $2.67 an issue plus postage for subscriptions; Highlights.com; ages 7+
Discovery Girls—Discovery Girls, Inc.; $4.99 an issue; $19.95 for a one-year subscription (6 issues); DiscoveryGirls.com; for girls ages 8+

DVDs
Toddler Favorites: The Movie—Independent Production: Music for Little People, 2011; 35 min.; $9.99; MFLPdistribution.com; ages 1 to 5
Debbie and Friends Story Songs and Sing Along—Independent Production: Debbie and Friends, 2011; 50 min.; $14.98; DebbieAndFriends.net; ages 2 to 5
Families of Philippines—Independent Production: Master Communications, 2011; 30 min.; $29.95; Master-Comm.com; ages 5 to 8

MUSIC
Acoustic Dreamland—Putumayo Kids, 2011; CD, $14.98; PutumayoKids.com; ages 0 to 5
Singin’ and Groovin’—Music for Little People, 2010; CD, $13.98; MusicForLittlePeople.com; ages 1 to 2
Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important by Trout Fishing In America—The Secret Mountain, 2011; Storybook and CD, $16.95; TheSecretMountain.com; ages 4 to 10
My Name Is Handel—Performed by Yadu, Bonnie Ward Simon, Stephen Simon and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Maestro Classics, 2011; CD, $16.98; MaestroClassics.com; ages 9+

AUDIO BOOKS
Once Upon a Bethlehem Night: Christmas Stories told by Renee Englot—Renee Englot, 2011; $15; ReneeEnglot.com; ages 4+
Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs—August House, 2011; $18.95; AugustHouse.com; ages 8+

About NAPPA
For more than 20 years, the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA), a division of Dominion Enterprises, has been the go-to resource for the best products for families. NAPPA’s team of independent expert judges, along with family and child testers, selects the most innovative and enduring products to be NAPPA Gold and Honors winners in two annual competitions—Children’s Products and Parenting Resources. Far more than a seal of approval, a NAPPA award signifies that a product has been rigorously evaluated against stringent criteria and stands out among hundreds of other products from around the world. For more information, visit NAPPAawards.com.

About Dominion Enterprises
Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing services company serving the automotive, enthusiast and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, and employment industries. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., with 3,300 employees nationwide, the company provides a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions, more than 60 market-leading websites, and 280 magazines. For more information, visit DominionEnterprises.com.

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