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The Parents' Choice Award is an award presented by the non-profit Parents' Choice Foundation to recognize "the very best products for children of different ages and backgrounds, and of varied skill and interest levels." It is considered a "prestigious" award among children's products,and has been described as the industry equivalent of an Academy Award. Awards are given out in the following categories: audio, books, DVD, magazines, computer software, television, toys, and video games.

The awards are determined by a committee of educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents and children. Approximately 20% of those items submitted to the Parents’ Choice Awards™ program receive a commendation in one of the six award levels: Classic, Gold, Silver, Recommended, Approved, and Fun Stuff

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A Racing! Game

Ages: 4 & Up
Publisher/Producer: Brio Corporation

A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams

PartNumber: FBA-|280470
2009 Caldecott Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
A New York Times Best Illustrated Childrens Book
A Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book
NCTE Notable Childrens Book

When he wrote poems, he felt as free as the Passaic River as it rushed to the falls. Willies notebooks filled up, one after another. Willies words gave him freedom and peace, but he also knew he needed to earn a living. So he went off to medical school and became a doctor -- one of the busiest men in town! Yet he never stopped writing poetry. In this picture book biography of William Carlos Williams, Jen Bryants engaging prose and Melissa Sweets stunning mixed-media illustrations celebrate the amazing man who found a way to earn a living and to honor his calling to be a poet.

A Room of My Own

Ages: 9 & Up
Author: Donald Davis
Publisher/Producer: August House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 0-87483-689-1
Amzon Product Link: A Room of My Own

A Series of Unfortunate Events # 9: The Carnivorous Carnival...

Ages: 8 & Up
Author: Tim Curry
Publisher/Producer: HarperCollins/ Harper Children's Audio
ISBN: 0-06-008781-1
Amzon Product Link: A Series of Unfortunate Events # 9: The Carnivorous Carnival

A Smooth Road To London Town

Ages: Infant - 5 yrs.
Publisher/Producer: Merriweather Records Ltd

A Song for Every Heart

Ages: 5 - 9 yrs.
Publisher/Producer: Hug Records

A Step From Heaven

Ages: 8 - 16 yrs.
Publisher/Producer: Listening Library
ISBN: 0-8072-0721-7
Amzon Product Link: A Step From Heaven

A Storm in Summer

Region: 1
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Run Time: 94 minutes
Model: 2256756
PartNumber: STHE3042DVD
Peter Falk, Aaron Meeks. Rod Serling's stirring tale of a Jewish shopkeeper who befriends a young black troublemaker. 2000/color/98 min/NR.

A Strong Right Arm

Ages: 10 & Up
Author: Michelle Y. Green
Publisher/Producer: Penguin Putnam Inc./Dial Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0-8037-2661-9
Amzon Product Link: A Strong Right Arm

A Symphony for the Sheep

PartNumber: 9780395765036
This playful read-aloud poem is a glorious celebration of the sheep of Ireland. Told in four parts -- by the shearer, the spinners, the weavers, and the knitters -- A Symphony for the Sheep captures all the beauty, humor, and music of a land known for its traditions of poetry and storytelling.

A Symphony of Whales

PartNumber: FBA-|297081
Glashka can . . . but with that mysterious power comes great responsibility. When she discovers thousands of whales trapped in a rapidly freezing inlet, she knows it is up to her to gather the people of her town to help them.
Based on an actual event, this inspiring story follows Glashka and her people as they come to understand the importance of all life.

A Tale for All Seasons

Ages: 6 & Up
Publisher/Producer: The Storycrafters

A Tangle of Tales

Ages: 8 & Up

A Thousand Never Evers

PartNumber: FBA-|298551
IN KUCKACHOO, MISSISSIPPI, 1963, Addie Ann Pickett worships her brother Elias and follows in his footsteps by attending the black junior high school. But when her careless act leads to her brothers disappearance and possible murder, Addie Ann, Mama, and Uncle Bump struggle with not knowing if hes dead or alive. Then a good deed meant to unite Kuckachoo sets off a chain of explosive events. Addie Ann knows Old Man Adams left his land to the white and black people to plant a garden and reap its bounty together, but the mayor denies it. On garden picking day, Addie Anns family is sorely tested. Through tragedy, she finds the voice to lead a civil rights march all her own, and maybe change the future for her people.

From the Hardcover edition.
A Thousand Never Evers, a debut novel by Shana Burg, creates a convincing portrait of the South during the Civil Rights Movement. The book follows a year in the life of Addie Ann Pickett, a girl on the verge of her early teens in Kuckapoo, Mississippi in 1963. Addie Ann goes through some of the biggest changes of her young life just as the whole world around her is changing. On the one hand, she's an ordinary girl: she babysits, she enjoys school, and has crushes. On the other hand, everything Addie Ann knows about her world is crashing down as she begins to understand more about what is really going on (in her family and in her town), her place in history as she forms her own opinions and takes personal action. Addie Ann's voice is convincing and compelling, and her story provides an important perspective on the impact of tremendous social changes occurring in the South during the early 1960s.

Author Shana Burg's father was a civil rights attorney, and she grew up hearing stories about Medgar Evers, Emmett Till, and the March on Washington. Mining those stories, as well as conducting a fair amount of research and drawing upon her experiences as a teacher, paid off. Addie Ann is a courageous and memorable character--one with whom younger readers should be able identify. Her experiences can truly give readers a sense of what it might have felt like to live in those historic times. (Ages 9-12) --Heidi Broadhead

A Time Apart

Ages: 10 & Up
Author: Diane Stanley
Publisher/Producer: Morrow
ISBN: 0-688-1677-X
Amzon Product Link: A Time Apart

A Time for Dancing

Ages: 10 - 16 yrs.
Publisher/Producer: Showtime Networks, Inc.
Network: Showtime Networks, Inc.

A Treasure in My Garden

Ages: 3 - 8 yrs.
Publisher/Producer: The Secret Mountain
Amzon Product Link: A Treasure in My Garden

A Victorian Christmas Revels

Ages: All Ages
Publisher/Producer: Revels Inc.
Amzon Product Link: A Victorian Christmas Revels

A Walk in Your Shoes

Ages: 6 - 12 yrs.
Publisher/Producer: Bull Frog Productions/ Noggin
Network: Nickelodeon

A Walk in Your Shoes- Nascar

Ages: 9 - 14 yrs.
Publisher/Producer: MTV Networks
Network: Noggin/The N

A Walk in Your Shoes: Katrina

Ages: 12 - 17 yrs.
Publisher/Producer: The N
Network: The N

A Walk in Your Shoes: Muslim

Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Publisher/Producer: Bull Frog Productions/ Noggin
Network: Noggin

A Well Kept Secret

Ages: 9 - 18 yrs.
Publisher/Producer: Ken Raynor

A World Full of Stories...Stories Full of Worlds

Ages: 10 & Up
Publisher/Producer: All in a Story Productions

A World of Happiness

Ages: Infant - 7 yrs.
Publisher/Producer: Hylo Productions
ISBN: 0-7634-2106-5
Amzon Product Link: A World of Happiness

A World of Music

Ages: 6 - 12 yrs.
Publisher/Producer: Toucan Jam
Amzon Product Link: A World of Music

A Year Down Yonder

Model: 9780142300701
PartNumber: 9780142300701
A Newbery Medal Winner

Richard Peck's Newbery Medal-winning sequel to A Long Way from Chicago

Mary Alice's childhood summers in Grandma Dowdel's sleepy Illinois town were packed with enough drama to fill the double bill of any picture show. But now she is fifteen, and faces a whole long year with Grandma, a woman well known for shaking up her neighbors-and everyone else! All Mary Alice can know for certain is this: when trying to predict how life with Grandma might turn out . . . better not. This wry, delightful sequel to the Newbery Honor Book A Long Way from Chicago has already taken its place among the classics of children's literature.

"Hilarious and poignant." Publishers Weekly, starred review

A Newbery Medal Winner
A New York Times Bestseller
An ALA Notable Book
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A BooklistBest Book of the Year
A School Library JournalBest Book of the Year

Grandma Dowdel's back! She's just as feisty and terrifying and goodhearted as she was in Richard Peck's A Long Way from Chicago, and every bit as funny. In the first book, a Newbery Honor winner, Grandma's rampages were seen through the eyes of her grandson Joey, who, with his sister, Mary Alice, was sent down from Chicago for a week every summer to visit. But now it's 1937 and Joey has gone off to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps, while 15-year-old Mary Alice has to go stay with Grandma alone--for a whole year, maybe longer. From the very first moment when she arrives at the depot clutching her Philco portable radio and her cat, Bootsie, Mary Alice knows it won't be easy. And it's not. She has to sleep alone in the attic, attend a hick town school where in spite of her worn-out coat she's "the rich girl from Chicago," and be an accomplice in Grandma's outrageous schemes to run the town her own way--and do good while nobody's looking. But being Grandma's sidekick is always interesting, and by the end of the year, Mary Alice has grown to see the formidable love in the heart of her formidable Grandma.

Peck is at his best with these hilarious stories that rest solidly within the American literary tradition of Mark Twain and Bret Harte. Teachers will cherish them as great read-alouds, and older teens will gain historical perspective from this lively picture of the depression years in small-town America. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell

A Year on Earth

Ages: 11 - 16 yrs.
Publisher/Producer: Discovery Networks
Network: Discovery Kids Channel

A Zooful of Animals

Ages: 4 - 10 yrs.
Publisher/Producer: Houghton Mifflin Children's Books
ISBN: 0-395-77873-5
Amzon Product Link: A Zooful of Animals

A. Lincoln and Me

Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Louise Lewin Borden
Publisher/Producer: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0-590-45714-4

A+ Projects in Astronomy

Ages: 12 & Up
Author: Janice Van Cleave
Publisher/Producer: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0-471-32820-0
Amzon Product Link: A+ Projects in Astronomy


PartNumber: FDD101032
Abagio is a unique mixture of beguiling simplicity, cunning strategy, twists and turns and surprising second chances. From the lush graphics of the board to the whimsical frog theme pieces to the seriously fun layers of strategy, this is that rarest of game breeds -- a truly fresh, captivating and classy two-player board game. Take the leap!

ABC Alphabet Fun

Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
Publisher/Producer: Learning Resources
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