PAL Awards

Established by respected speech and language expert Sherry Artemenko, the PAL Award recognizes exceptional toys, games and books that, through their design, content, quality, and character, promote play that advances language. PAL winners in the hands of kids spark fun and creative play with lots of talk!

Products, chosen on the basis of over 30 years practical child development experience, are complemented by coaching in thoughtful reviews, showing parents how to best use each toy, game or book to build language.

All PAL Award winners

“Too Much Glue” by Jason Lefebvre and Zac Retz
Ages: 4-8 years old
$16.95

3-D Close Up Animal Homes by Barbara Taylor, Silver Dolphin
Ages: 5 years and up
$14.95

A Home For Bird by Philip C. Stead
Ages: 3 years and up
$16.99

A Meal of the Stars by Dana Jenson and Tricia Tusa
Ages: 4 years and up
$16.99

A New Friend for Marmalade by Alison Reynolds
Ages: 4-6 years old
$15.99

ABC Animal Jamboree by Giles Andreae
Ages: 3 to 7 years
$16.95

ABC Puzzle And Book: My First Puzzle Book by Tiger Tales
Ages: 2-5 years of age
$9.99

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts
Ages: 5-8 years
$17.95

Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood and Sally Wern Comport
Ages: 6
$17.99

Ally-saurus and the First Day of School by Richard Torrey
Ages: 3-7 years
$14.95

Alphabet Anatomy: Meet The Capital Letters by Linda Ann Jones
Ages: 3 years and up
$15.10

Art and Max by David Wiesner
Ages: 5-8 years
$17.99

At the Farm Wooden Books by HaPe International, Inc.
Ages: 10 months and up
$9.95

Baby Book Zoo Friends by HABA USA
Ages: 10 months of age
$11.00

Beach Is To Fun: A Book of Relationships, by Pat Brisson and Sachiko Yoshikawa
Ages: 4-7 years
$17.95

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
Ages: 3-7 years
 

Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg
Ages: Preschool and up
$11.95

Being Frank by Donna W. Earnhardt and Andrea Castellani
Ages: 5 years and up
$16.95

Big Book of My World by Kali Stileman
Ages: 3-7 years
$14.95

Chirchir Is Singing by Kelly Cunnane and Jude Daly
Ages: 3 and up
$17.99

Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer
Ages: 5-8 years
$16.99

Disney Imagicademy Mickey Mouse Animals Activity Book by Wonder Forge
Ages: 4 years and up
$14.99

Don’t Worry, Douglas! by David Melling
Ages: 3-7 years
$12.95

Gem by Hollie Hobbie
Ages: 3-7 years
$16.99

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Rinker and Lichtenheld
Ages: 4-8 years
$16.99

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Ages: 2 years and up
$16.99

Hands Off, Harry! by Rosemary Wells
Ages: 4-8
$14.99

How Big Is the Lion? by William Accorsi
Ages: 4 years and up
$14.95

Huck Runs Amuck! by Sean Taylor
Ages: 3 years and up
$16.99

I’m Not by Pam Smallcomb and Robert Weinstock
Ages: 4-8 years
$15.99

In My Heart, A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek
Ages: 3-8 years old
$16.95

I’m Going to Give you a Bear Hug! by Caroline B. Cooney
Ages: 4 years and up
$16.99

Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Pollaco Patricia Polacco
Ages: 6 to 9 years
$17.99

Just Say BOO! by Susan Hood and Jed Henry
Ages: 3-8 years
$12.99

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De la Pena and Christian Robinson
Ages: 3-5 years of age
$16.99

Leaps and Bounce by Susan Hood and Matthew Cordell
Ages: 3-6 years of age
$16.99

Little Red Writing by Joan Holub and Melissa Sweet
Ages: 5-8 years of age
$16.99

Little Scholar Mini by School Zone Publishing
Ages: 3-7 years of age
$129

Magic Forest Friends by HABA
Ages: Newborn and up
$35.00

Max’s Math by Kate Banks
Ages: 5 and up
$17.99

Mochu Says Goodnight by Kadho Inc.
Ages: Under 4 years of age
Free

Mossy by Jan Brett
Ages: 4-6 years
$17.99

Never Ever by Jo Empson
Ages: 3-6 years
$12.50

Once Upon A Sign: The New Three Little Pigs by DawnSignPress
Ages: 3-8 years old
$15.95

Our Day On the Town Sticker Storybook by PomTree
Ages: 3 years and up
$5.99

Parachute by Danny Parker and Matt Ottley
Ages: 4-8 years
$16.00

Penguin And Pinecone by Salina Yoon
 
 

Peppa Pig and the Busy Day at School by Candlewick Press
Ages: 3-5 years
$12.99

Pig Has a Plan Pig Has a Plan by Ethan Long
Ages: 4 years and up
$14.95

Playroom Prep by Rosalyn Kemp
Ages: 2-5 years of age
 

Q Wunder TV Show by EQtainment, LLC
Ages: 3 years and up
$7.99/month or $64.99/year

Q’s Wild Ride CD Storybook by EQtainment LLC
Ages: 3-6 years old
$12.99

Rain Brings Frogs: A Little Book of Hope by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Ages: Birth-7 years
$9.99

Rain Fish by Lois Ehlert
Ages: 4-7 years
$17.99

Red Cat Blue Cat by Jenni Desmond
Ages: 3 years and up
$16.99

Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills
Ages: 4-8 years
$17.99

Rooting for You by Susan Hood
Ages: 3 years and up
$16.99

RRRALPH by Lois Ehlert
Ages: 2-6 years
$17.99

Say Something, Perico by Trudy Harris and Cecilia Rebora
Ages: 4 and up
$16.95

Scritch-Scratch a Perfect Match by Kimberly Marcus and Mike Lester
Ages: 3 years and up
$16.99

Sea of Dreams by Dennis Nolan
Ages: 3-7 years
$16.99

Sleepytime Me by Fine and Denise
Ages: 3-7 years
$17.99

Smile, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, pictures by Dan Hanna
Ages: 1-4 years old
$5.99

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea by Robert Burleigh and Raul Colon
Ages: 4-8 years of age
$17.99

Spike the Mixed-Up Monster by Susan Hood and Melissa Sweet
Ages: 4-8 years old
$16.99

SPLAT! Starring the Vole Brothers by Roslyn Schwartz
Ages: 3-7 years
$16.95

Splish Splash, Splat! by Rob Scotton
Ages: 3 years and up
$16.99

Squirrels on Skis by J. Hamilton Ray, Illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre
Ages: 4-8 years old
$8.99

Sweet Dreams, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna
Ages: 1-4 years
$5.99

Tangram Tales by MindWare
Ages: 3-6 years of age
$9.95

The Ant and the Grasshopper by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley
Ages: 3-7 years
$16.99

The Cowboy by Muller
Ages: 4-8 years
$12.99

The Little Pea by Eric Battut
Ages: 3 years and up
$16.95

The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish by Diesen and Hanna
Ages: 3 years and up
$16.99

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen, Pictures by Dan Hanna
Ages: 2 years and up
$16.99

The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark by Deborah Diesen
Ages: 4 to 8 years
 

The Splendid Spotted Snake by Betty ann Schwartz and Alexander Wilensky
Ages: 3-6 years, although I recommend for 2-5
$13.95

The Tooth Mouse by Susan Hood and Janice Nadeau
Ages: 5-9 years
$16.95

Two Speckled Eggs by Jennifer K. Mann
Ages: 5-8 years
$14.99

Uh Oh! by Mary Newell DePalma
Ages: 3-7 years
$14.00

Up! Tall! And High! by Ethan Long
Ages: 2-6 years
$15.99

What Can a Crane Pick Up? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Mike Lowery
Ages: 1 year and up
$16.99