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Top Brain Toys, Books and Media of 2014

Academics' Choice Announces Top Brain Toys, Books, And Media of 2014

Academics' Choice helps consumers find exceptional brain-boosting material. It 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 the coveted Academics' Choice Awards.

Aptos, CA (MMD Newswire) December 2, 2014 -- Academics' Choice today announced the winners of the Fall 2014 Academics' Choice Awards, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for the best mind-building media and toys. These are recognized worldwide by consumers and educational institutions as indicators of genuinely effective learning tools that stimulate the mind, and provide potential for the student to fully develop higher order thinking skills. A total of 28 products earned the award this fall. The full list of winners is posted online at

Winner - IXL
"We designed IXL not only to be the premier website and app for Kindergarten-12 mathematics and language practice, but also to be an environment where curiosity thrives and where rigorous challenges build determination and confidence

"We are very honoured to receive the Academics' Choice Smart Book Award! The SMART Playbook's goal is to educate our tech-savvy children on social skills and manners and to help them develop character and grow their confidence. The recognition and stamp of approval will, without a doubt, help us spread our message to families all around the world." - Suzanne Wind, Author of The SMART Playbook



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