Aptos, CA, September 6, 2013: Academics’ Choice today announced the winners of the Summer 2013 Academics’ Choice Awards, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for the best mind-building media and toys. The independent Academics’ Choice Awards program and its seal of excellence are recognized worldwide by consumers and educational institutions as a mark of genuinely effective learning tools that stimulate the mind, and provide potential for the student to fully develop higher order thinking skills.

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. The full list of winners is posted online at www.academicschoice.com/2013.

“With Academics’ Choice validating truly educationally sound products, parents and educators are able to make sound choices. You TELL Me Stories is honored to have received an award. The work Academics’ Choice is doing is so important in the educational community!” -Alexandra, You Tell Me Stories, LLC

“It is very exciting to have the Smart Blocks recognized by Academics’ Choice with the coveted Brain Toy Award. It is the ultimate acknowledgement that these cute little singing blocks are not only loved by children but also recognized by educators and parents as a genuine mind building toy.” – Scott, CEO, Smart Blocks, Inc.

The hundreds of submitted products that are not chosen by the Academics’ Choice Awards team (and many that are chosen) are donated to a variety of worthy charities and other organizations across the globe.

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 coveted Academics’ Choice Awards.


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