ASTRA Reveals 2017 Winners of Excellence Awards

astra_logo_smallThe American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) announced the 2017 winners of ASTRA’s Excellence Awards.

The winners were Co-Owners Erin Blanton and Susan Blanton of Pufferbellies Toys and Books for Children in Staunton, VA for Retailer of the Year; HABA in Skaneateles, NY for Manufacturer of the Year; Kimberly Leakas from 24/7 Sales in New York, NY for Sales Representative of the Year; and Elizabeth Royall of Toy Travelers International in High Point, NC for the Young Professional Rising Star of the Year.

Jazwares Founder Receives Owler 2017 Top Rated CEO Award

JazwaresLogoJazwares‘ founder Judd Zebersky was presented the Owler 2017 Top Rated CEO Award. Owler, a community-based platform used for business insights by business professionals, recognizes the top CEOs from its business insights platform.

After he worked as an attorney, Zebersky started a consumer products company to make toys. He has been in the industry for 20 years and contributed to thousands of products.

Owler Awards are distributed based on Owler Community rankings. It recognizes the top 1,000 CEOS from 167,000 across 50 cities and 20 industries worldwide.

Moose Toys Awarded Toys “R” Us Partner of the Year

MooseToysToys “R” Us has named Moose Toys as Partner of the Year, awarded to the toy partner whose outstanding commitment, dedication, and loyalty have helped make the company a destination for kids, families, and fun. In February, Toys “R” Us also awarded Moose Toys as Vendor of the Year.

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Nickelodeon to Debut Kid’s Choice Sports 2014 Awards

March17.KidsChoiceNickelodeon will debut its newest live award show, Kids’ Choice Sports 2014, hosted by Michael Strahan this July. The show will take place at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles and will honor athletes, teams, and sports moments from the year. The event will also feature a slime-filled sports stunt performed by a star athlete and a halftime live musical performance.

There will also be a Kids’ Choice Sports council consisting of athletes and other influencers in the sporting world. They will provide information during the awards show, give feedback on categories, and consult on the nominee process. Members of the council include Michael Phelps, Misty May-Treanor, and Baron Davis.

WIT Accepts Nominations for 2014 Wonder Women Awards

WITAwardsWomen in Toys (WIT) is accepting nominations for the 10th Annual Wonder Women in Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment Awards. Winners will be announced at an awards dinner scheduled for February 17 during Toy Fair Week. The awards program recognizes and celebrates leaders, innovators, and other powerful women who have made lasting contributions to the toy and entertainment industries.

Industry stakeholders are invited to nominate a co-worker, client, associate, family member, or acquaintance for consideration in one or more of the following categories: designer/inventor, licensing and entertainment, manufacturer, rising star, marketing PR, and retailer. Nominations may be submitted online, and tickets are currently available for purchase at the WIT site.

The awards dinner will take place at Pier Sixty and The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

Smart Toys and Games’ Bunny Peek A Boo Wins Four Awards

bunnySmart Toys and Games Inc. has earned four awards from multiple toy and parenting awards programs for its game Bunny Peek A Boo. Recent awards include ASTRA Best Toys for Kids, Dr. Toy’s Best Green Toys, Parents’ Choice Awards, and the Tillywig Toy & Media Awards.

Bunny Peek A Boo’s wooden blocks and character rabbit allow children to develop spatial perception, logic, and problem solving skills as they “pull a rabbit out of the box” with this 3-D puzzle. The game offers 60 challenges designed to prepare children ages 2 to 5 for more difficult single player logic games. The game’s ability to be engaging, open-ended, fun, and safe were factors that influenced the judging. Bunny Peek A Boo is available at toy stores everywhere and on Smart’s website.

CMOM Honors Learning Resources with Corporate Leadership Award

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) has selected Learning Resources, Inc. as the first recipient of the Corporate Leadership Award. Learning Resources, an Illinois-based company, is a leading manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational toys engage children and support individual learning style. Since its inception in 1984, the company has dedicated itself to designing products that enable both parents and teachers to go beyond traditional instruction.

“Learning Resources shares CMOM’s educational values and pedagogies, with an emphasis on the importance of early childhood education, family learning, and providing interactive tools and resources for all children across the learning spectrum,” said Andrew Ackerman, CMOM’s executive director. “By honoring their innovative work and passion for educating children, we are reminded of the importance of our work and are reinvigorated in the process.”

Rick Woldenberg, CEO of Learning Resources, will accept the award at CMOM’s bi-annual Spring Benefit on May 21.

This post was originally written by Leah Rocketto and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Delta Children’s Products Named TRU’s Vendor of the Year

Delta Children’s Products, manufacturer of nursery and children’s furniture, recently received the “Vendor of the Year” award, acknowledging that Delta has helped Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us become a worldwide resource for kids and families. The award also recognizes Delta Children’s Products for its achievements in the infant, toddler, and twin furniture categories, and its commitment and dedication to designing and providing quality children’s products.

This post was originally written by Leah Rocketto and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.