Congratulations to our NAPPA Award Winners: Michelle Borba and Rushworth M. Kidder

Michelle Borba’s The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries and Rushworth M. Kidder’s Good Kids, Tough Choices: How Parents Can Help Their Children Do the Right Thing win 2011 National Parenting Publications Awards

These books are among an elite group of 50 sanity-saving resources for parents honored in NAPPA’s Parenting Resources Competition

“This year’s Parenting Resources winners represent a fresh mix of gear, books and products designed to help moms and dads through every stage of parenthood,” said Carolyn Graham, NAPPA product manager. “From cool innovations in car seats and strollers to an infant seat built like a robot to books for nerdy dads, the 2011 NAPPA Gold and Honors winners cover it all!”

“Despite its size (almost 700 pages), this big book is easy to navigate, thanks to its complete index and logical organization. Borba earns her status as a celebrity parent educator as she tackles everyday issues like emotional oversensitivity and manners, as well as extreme situations like substance use and learning disabilities. The introduction sets the stage by explaining how people change, and the focus throughout the book is on a powerful concept that Borba calls ‘the change to parent for.’”NAPPA


“This ethical guide for parents skillfully avoids the usual pitfall of ‘character education,’ which is to preach to parents and children about what they should be doing, thinking and feeling. Instead, the essence of Kidder’s approach is to focus on knowing from the inside what is right, then taking the next step – making tough choices when two deeply held values collide. Finally, ethical behavior means having the courage to carry out these choices. All along the way, Kidder helps parents navigate even more complex territory – our own ethical dilemmas and challenges that we face as parents and as human beings.”NAPPA


NAPPA’s independent expert judges and parent testers evaluated hundreds of submissions for their innovation, safety, quality and the degree to which they make parenting easier. After weeks of stringent testing, 20 products were selected to receive the esteemed Gold Award while 30 received Honors and six were chosen as “Rising Stars.” For a complete list of all 2011 NAPPA Parenting Resources winners and more information about the competition, visit

For 20 years the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) has been the go-to resource for the best products for families. NAPPA’s team of independent expert judges, along with family and child testers, select the most innovative and enduring products as NAPPA Gold and Honors winners in two annual competitions, Children’s Products and Parenting Resources. Far more than a seal of approval, a NAPPA award signifies that a product has been rigorously evaluated against stringent criteria and stands out among hundreds of other products from around the world. For more information, visit

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