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The Few, The Proud…The Award-Winning Toys

Who Made the Cut This Year?

By Alison Marek and Julie L. Jones

Thousands of products are introduced to the toy industry every year, but only a limited number are good enough, playable enough and innovative enough to garner an award.

In addition to issuing TDmonthly Awards, TDmonthly Magazine regularly asks manufacturers to present their award winners to our readers so that retailers can quickly identify products with great potential and manufacturers can learn and be inspired by others' successes. Here are the most recent responses:

BabyGanics Household Cleaners by HEALTHY HOME PRODUCTS

BabyGanics Household Cleaners by HEALTHY HOME PRODUCTSThe cleansers are non-toxic, free from harsh chemicals and contain only all-natural and organic ingredients that are safe for children, pets and the environment. Cleaners include Glass & Surface, Tub & Tile and All-Purpose Household. This product is a 2007 iParenting Media Award winner. “Unlike other natural cleaners on the market, BabyGanics has a neutral pH and is completely safe to use around infants and pregnant women,” Healthy Home Products Publicist Hilary Beber told TDmonthly. “This makes it perfect for cleaning areas where children play and for use on all their toys!”


 12/18/2007 (Price: $6.99; Age: All Ages) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


“King's New Suit” from the LifeStories for Kids™ Series by SELMEDIA INC.

“KingMaynard Moose isn’t stupid, but everyone says those who can’t see the king’s new suit are. Can Maynard overcome peer pressure and say what he believes? Nationally renowned storyteller Willy Claflin and his antlered friend, Maynard Moose, retell the classic tale of the Emperor’s New Clothes. “King’s New Suit” is a storybook/DVD from the LifeStories for Kids Storybook Series. This award-winning series helps children understand complex character traits (such as integrity and courage) through the engaging and ancient art of storytelling. It won a 2007 iParenting Media Award. Launch date: July 1, 2007.


 12/14/2007 (Price: $19.95; Age: 5 to 8) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


“Ka-ulu the Strong” from the LifeStories for Kids™ Series by SELMEDIA INC.

“Ka-ulu the Strong” from the LifeStories for Kids™ Series by SELMEDIA INC.Ka-ulu promises to watch his younger brother Ka-ehu while their mother is away. When Ka-ehu is kidnapped by the King of Far Island, Ka-ulu knows he needs to put things right, but how? Nationally renowned storyteller Willy Claflin retells this classic Hawaiian tale of responsibility. “Ka-ulu the Strong” is a storybook/DVD from the LifeStories for Kids(TM) Storybook Series. This award-winning series helps children understand complex character traits (such as integrity and courage) through the engaging and ancient art of storytelling. It won a 2007 iParenting Media Award. Launch date: July 1, 2007.


 12/14/2007 (Price: $19.95; Age: 5 to 8) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


“The House That Talked to Itself” from the LifeStories for Kids™ Series by SELMEDIA INC.

“The House That Talked to Itself” from the LifeStories for Kids™ Series by SELMEDIA INC.The house is arguing with itself. Which part is most important? The roof? The floor? The walls? Nationally renowned storyteller Willy Claflin tells this story of appreciating the strengths of others. “The House That Talked to Itself” is a storybook and DVD from the LifeStories for Kids Storybook Series. This award-winning series helps children understand complex character traits (such as integrity, perseverance and courage) through the engaging and ancient art of storytelling. This product won a 2007 iParenting Media Award. Launch date: July 1, 2007.


 12/14/2007 (Price: $19.95; Age: 8 to 11) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


“I Am A Frog” from the LifeStories for Kids™ Series by SELMEDIA INC.

“I Am A Frog” from the LifeStories for Kids™ Series by SELMEDIA INC.Gorf the Frog is trying to sing a song with nationally renowned storyteller Willy Claflin, but Gorf can’t seem to stay on task. Will he make it all the way through? Claflin has his audience howling as he tells this story of self-discipline. “I Am A Frog” is a storybook/DVD from the LifeStories for Kids Storybook Series. This award-winning series helps children understand complex character traits (such as integrity, perseverance and courage) through the engaging and ancient art of storytelling. This product won a 2007 iParenting Media Award. Launch date: July 1, 2007.


 12/14/2007 (Price: $19.95; Age: 5 to 8) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


“Little Freddie and his Whistle” from the LifeStories for Kids™ Series by SELMEDIA INC.

“Little Freddie and his Whistle” from the LifeStories for Kids™ Series by SELMEDIA INC.Little Freddie is small. Although he is treated poorly by others because of his size, Little Freddie treats others with kindness. Will it pay off? Nationally acclaimed storyteller Willy Claflin tells this story of kindness. “Little Freddie and His Whistle” is a storybook and DVD from the LifeStories for Kids Storybook Series. This award-winning series helps children understand complex character traits (such as integrity, perseverance and courage) through the engaging and ancient art of storytelling. This product won a 2007 iParenting Media Award. Launch date: July 1, 2007.


 12/14/2007 (Price: $19.95; Age: 5 to 8) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


“Dancing Moose” from the LifeStories for Kids™ Series by SELMEDIA INC.

“Dancing Moose” from the LifeStories for Kids™ Series by SELMEDIA INC.Little Moose is a little clumsy. She tries to dance, but instead knocks over her classmates and her teacher. Will she ever realize her dream of dancing the Hunkity-Bunkity-Slide-Kick-Two? Nationally renowned storyteller Willy Claflin and his antlered friend, Maynard Moose, tell this story about perseverance. “Dancing Moose” is a storybook/DVD from the LifeStories for Kids Storybook Series. This award-winning series helps children understand complex character traits (such as integrity, perseverance and courage) through the engaging and ancient art of storytelling. This product won a 2007 iParenting Media Award. Launch date: July 1, 2007.


 12/14/2007 (Price: $19.95; Age: 5 to 8) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


“Bully Goat Grim” from the LifeStories for Kids™ Series by SELMEDIA INC.

“Bully Goat Grim” from the LifeStories for Kids™ Series by SELMEDIA INC.Little troll has a problem — a big, mean bully problem. How will little troll cope with Bully Goat Grim? In this 2007 Telly Award-winning story, nationally renowned storyteller Willy Claflin puts a new twist on dealing with bullies. “Bully Goat Grim” is a storybook and DVD from the LifeStories for Kids Storybook Series. This award-winning series helps children understand complex character traits (such as integrity, perseverance and courage) through the engaging and ancient art of storytelling. This product won a 2007 iParenting Media Award. Launch date: July 1, 2007.


 12/14/2007 (Price: $19.95; Age: 8 to 11) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


“Mousanga Bira Moussa” from the LifeStories for Kids™ Series by SELMEDIA INC.

“Mousanga Bira Moussa” from the LifeStories for Kids™ Series by SELMEDIA INC.The savannah is dry. There is nothing to eat, except the unreachable fruit of the old magic tree in the middle of the plain. Can the animals work together to unlock the tree’s secret? Nationally renowned storyteller Donna Washington recounts this classic African tale about helpfulness. “Mousanga Bira Moussa” is a storybook/DVD from the LifeStories for Kids(TM) Storybook Series. This award-winning series helps children understand complex character traits (such as integrity, perseverance and courage) through the engaging and ancient art of storytelling. This product won a 2007 iParenting Media Award. Launch date: July 1, 2007.


 12/14/2007 (Price: $19.95; Age: 8 to 11) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]


“Wise People of Helm” from the LifeStories for Kids™ Series by SELMEDIA INC.

“Wise People of Helm” from the LifeStories for Kids™ Series by SELMEDIA INC.A powerful king and his entourage have been traveling the countryside, eating and drinking until each village has no more. Can the people of Helm escape the fate of their countrymen? Nationally renowned storyteller Donna Washington retells this classic Jewish tale about cooperation and teamwork. “Wise People of Helm” is a storybook/DVD from the LifeStories for Kids Storybook Series. This award-winning series helps children understand complex character traits (such as integrity and courage) through the engaging and ancient art of storytelling. This award-winning series helps children understand complex character traits (such as integrity, perseverance and courage) through the engaging and ancient art of storytelling. This product won a 2007 iParenting Media Award. Launch date: July 1, 2007.


 12/14/2007 (Price: $19.95; Age: 8 to 11) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]




Following are some of the programs represented in TDmonthly.com's section of award winners: Dr. Toy, iParenting Media Awards, TIA T.O.T.Y., Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, The National Parenting Center, and Parents' Choice Awards.

You may also access TDmonthly's review section to see which products earned 5 TD stars.

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