NAPPA Press Release, November 6, 2007
Nappa Award Winners

Contact Information:
Barbara Smith Decker
617-522-1515 x25
Fax: 617-522-1694


Best Children’s Products of 2007 Named in Time for Holiday Shopping

NAPPA announces winners of 17th annual Children’s Products Competition
Releases shopping list of the best gifts for kids

BOSTON, Nov. 6, 2007 – The National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) has announced the winners of its Children’s Products Competition. All 95 products earning the coveted NAPPA Gold Award, and 171 products earning the NAPPA Honors Award, have been published in a holiday gift guide checklist, Great Gifts for Kids, now available at

Among the 2007 NAPPA Gold Award winners:

  • Lullabies for All Ages … Baby Loves Jazz: Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2 (Baby Loves Music; $16.99). Gentle jazz lulls the whole family into dreamland with this two-CD combo.

  • For Tots … Brightlings Exploration Station (LeapFrog; $39.99). When babies and toddlers pull ribbons, toggle characters, move levers and drop balls within this activity station, they’re rewarded with songs, spoken numbers and words in one of five languages.

  • For Preschoolers … Smart Cycle (Fisher-Price; $99.99). Kids who love video games can exercise their minds and bodies as they pedal or manipulate the joystick on this stationary bicycle that plugs into their TV screen. In one game, the faster a child pedals, the faster the car on the screen drives!

  • For Ages 5 and Up … Gustafer Yellowgold’s Wide Wild World (Apple-Eye Productions; $15). This unusual independent film features catchy songs and animated illustrations to tell the endearing story of Gustafer, who leaves his home on the Sun to make friends on Earth.

  • For Ages 8 and Up … Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books/Abrams; $12.95). In this “novel in cartoons,” Greg Heffley finds himself in middle school where undersized weaklings share the hallways with taller and meaner kids.

  • For Tweens and Teens … Crazy Machines 1.5: More Gizmos, Gadgets & Whatchamacallits (Viva Media; $19.99). This hands-down favorite is a digital Erector Set™ that inspires kids to create machines from multiple parts and see what their creations “do.”

  • Storytelling for the Whole Family … Too Much Hair!, by Donald Davis (August House Publishers; $14.95). Davis’s funny and warmly told stories of failed haircuts and growing up makes listeners wonder how he knows their families so well.

  • NAPPA is one of the oldest and most comprehensive awards programs for children’s products. More than a seal of approval, NAPPA is a juried competition that helps parents make the best buying choices for their families. The judges who evaluate the products are leaders in their fields with decades of combined experience.

    For more information about NAPPA, a complete list of 2007 winning products—including a 2007 holiday shopping list—biographies of the judges, photos of winning products, and lists of past NAPPA winners, visit

    To schedule interviews with NAPPA staff or judges, or for more information, call Barbara Decker at 617-522-1515 ext. 25 or email

    About NAPPA

    The National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) competition was created in 1990 to review children’s media. It has since expanded into two divisions:

    • Children’s Products—including toys; music; software/video games and Web sites; books and magazines; DVDs; and storytelling/spoken-word recordings.

    • Parenting Resources—including books, CDs, DVDs, maternity and baby gear, safety products, Web sites and a wide range of innovative products that make parenting easier.

    When parents see the NAPPA seal, they know they can expect a high-quality, safe, useful and expert-approved product. NAPPA is administered by Dominion Parenting Media, a division of Dominion Enterprises. For more information,

    About Dominion Parenting Media

    Dominion Parenting Media, a division of Dominion Enterprises, is the nation’s largest publisher of free regional parenting magazines targeting parents, expectant mothers, and families with children. With eight parenting titles in six major metropolitan markets, Dominion Parenting Media reaches more than 1 million readers each month. The company also publishes 42 ancillary publications covering topics such as education resources, family-friendly businesses, and a special b.a.b.y.™ issue for expectant mothers. Dominion Parenting Media is represented online by™ with a vast inventory of award-winning editorial content covering a wide range of pregnancy and parenting-related topics. For more information, visit