Best Educational Books, Toys, Games, Apps & More To Help Kids Think Critically - Summer 2021

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The independent Academics' Choice Awards program and its seals of excellence are recognized worldwide by consumers and educational institutions as indicators of genuinely effective learning products that stimulate the mind, and develop critical thinking thinking skills for success in school and life.

Academics' Choice Award Seals

Academics' Choice Award Seals

We at Hoot Reading are humbled and honored to be chosen as winners of the Academics' Choice Smart Media Award!

Academics' Choice today congratulates all winners of the Summer 2021 Academics' Choice Awards, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for the best mind-building media and toys. The fall winners include teacher-approved, brain-boosting products from Classical Kids Music Education, Craftie Fox, Inc., Global Game Changers, 4M Industrial Development Limited, Magnitude Educational , ViBuGo, The Learning Journey International, Cog Toy Company, Whole Wide World Toys, Pok Pok Inc., Nanjing Jiqidao Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd, Hoot Reading, Beereaders, Inc, Lernin Games, Butterfly EduFields Private Limited, ELT Songs, Artropia, and more! The full list of winners is posted online at

The Academics' Choice Advisory Board consists of leading thinkers and graduates from Princeton, Harvard, George Washington University, and other reputable educational institutions. Product-appropriate volunteer reviewers, combined with the brainpower of the Board, determine the coveted winners. Entries are judged by category (i.e. mobile app, toy, book, website, magazine, etc.), subject area, and grade level, and evaluated based on standardized criteria rooted in constructivist learning theory.

"We at Hoot Reading are humbled and honored to be chosen as winners of the Academics' Choice Smart Media Award! In these times of disruptive learning, it's now more important than ever to provide families with as much support as possible. Our unique combination of 1:1 online guided reading with experienced classroom teachers over our proprietary video chat App has been proven to be one of the most effective ways for children to make reading gains through the use of digital media." - Carly Shuler & Maya Kotecha, Co-founders and Co-CEOs of Hoot Reading

"Classical Kids is grateful that Gershwin's Magic Key has been honored with the prestigious Academics' Choice Smart Media Award. We're thrilled that the newest recording in our series has received so much attention and thankful that our non-profit mission - to provide children with an exciting and educational point of entry into the wold of music - has been recognized and supported by Academics' Choice. Thank you so much!" - Paul Pement, Executive & Artistic Director, Classical Kids Music Education

"We are very happy to receive the 2021 Academics' Choice Smart Media Award because it means the recognition by the educational community of the effectiveness of our Kokoro method and our app in the cognitive development of children." - Rocío Sáez, Community Manager, Lernin Games

"The whole team at ELT Songs have been working so hard to deliver the best content for young learners in the form of our PlanetPOP English language course. Being chosen as the winners of the Academics' Choice Smart Media Award will give us the energy to continue, improve, and create a lot more! We sincerely appreciate the recognition that the Academics' Choice Advisory Board has bestowed on us with this award! At ELT Songs we believe fast-paced, cool, and engaging educational content for kids is the future, and we're glad you agree!" - Jake Carter, Founder and CEO of ELT Songs

"Our team at Pok Pok is thrilled to receive the Academics' Choice Award for Pok Pok Playroom! Everything we do is centred around our mission to help raise the next generation of creative thinkers, and it's a true honour to be recognized for our unique approach to digital play. The toys in the Playroom are all open-ended and designed to empower kids to follow their noses, use their imaginations and think outside the box. It means the world to us to know that the educators and experts from Academics' Choice stand behind our work. We are incredibly honoured and motivated to continue developing experiences that can inspire, teach and motivate the next generation—after all, they're going to change the world someday." – Melissa Cash, Co-Founder & CEO, Pok Pok

Many of the products that are evaluated by the Academics' Choice Awards team are donated to a variety of worthy charities including the Kids In Need Foundation and the Toys for Tots Foundation.

About Academics' Choice:
Academics' Choice helps consumers find exceptional brain-boosting material. Academics' Choice is the only international awards program designed to bring increased recognition to publishers, manufacturers, independent authors and developers that aim to stimulate cognitive development. A volunteer panel of product-appropriate judges, including parents, educators, scientists, artists, doctors, nurses, librarians, students and children, evaluate submissions based on educational benefits such as higher-order thinking skills, character building, creative play, durability and originality. Only the genuine "mind-builders" are recognized with the coveted Academics' Choice Awards.

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