About this time last year, we were given a Gold Award by The Parents’ Choice Foundation. We've included a link to The Parents’ Choice Foundation (TPCF) website, so you could see for yourself that they are a great research source for parents and educators. And because, well, they are awesome!
Let me refresh your memory:
Did you know... TPCF is thirty-eight-years-old this year and founded in 1978?
Did you know... TPCF is best known for the Parents’ Choice Awards® program, the Parents’ Choice Award Seals are the Foundation’s internationally recognized and respected icons of quality?
Did you know... TPCF was founded by Diana Huss Green, mother, children’s book author and educator while she was teaching a graduate seminar in children’s literature at Radcliffe College (now Harvard ). A number of her students were women who had curtailed their academic studies to have children. They were smart and they were hungry to find quality learning materials for their kids. Understanding that children learn through play - and learn most easily when they’re engaged (the emphasis wasn’t on entertainment in those days) - Mrs. Green set out to answer the recurring question: "Where can parents find children’s books and toys that encourage a love of learning?"
Did you know... that the hundreds of products that are submitted, but not selected by the Parents’ Choice Awards Committees are donated to a variety of worthy organizations. You can find a partial list of who the foundation donates to on the Parents' Choice website.
…DID YOU KNOW THAT “TUMBLE LEAF” WAS AWARDED ANOTHER PARENTS’ CHOICE GOLD AWARD THIS YEAR FOR SEASON TWO?!!
Well, yes we did!.. and we’re all doing ‘The Happy Dance’ around here!!!
BixPix Does it Again!
Here’s what they said when they presented us with the 2016 award...
Parents’ Choice Review
"STEM education - science, technology, engineering, and math - got a twist in recent years as the Maker Movement noted the importance of art and design in the world of engineering. Behold - STEAM-which stands for science, technology, engineering, ARTS, and math education - and nowhere is STEAM education more evident than in Tumble Leaf, an original series from Amazon Studios.
This inventive program blends genuinely spectacular stop-motion photography with lovely music, stylish dialogue, and a cast of unusual animal characters, all of which will likely mesmerize the target preschool audience.
Each half-hour program includes two separate stories, starring Fig the Fox, in which adventures are themed around artifacts retrieved from an abandoned shipwreck off the coast of the community of Tumble Leaf. Fig's treehouse home includes a room called The Finding Place and that's where the artifacts are stored, admired, and studied. A set of cymbals inspires lessons about properties of sound, teaching concepts such as "loud" and "quiet." A notebook helps Fig and his friends imagine theories to explain an unsolved late-night mystery. Mirrors, pocket watches, holiday decorations -- each new item that turns up in The Finding Place inspires curiosity and encourages observation skills.
As always, the educational "footprint" it leaves will make a bigger impact when parents provide reinforcement and explanation both during and after the program. Very young viewers may need help distinguishing the whimsical elements from the program's nod to scientific inquiry.
This gently-paced and fanciful program will provide a springboard for further learning while it also stimulates imagination, celebrates creativity, and points out the exciting intersections between play and discovery."
-Gina Catanzarite ©2016 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.
In Such Great Company!
It’s so gratifying that, again, The Parents’ Choice Awards found “Tumble Leaf”, Bix Pix Entertainment, and Amazon worthy of a Gold Award for our second season and it’s so much fun to be Gold Award Winners in the same category as the following people that we admire so much!
We want to give a big shout out to:
Peg + Cat
Fred Rogers Productions
9 Story Media Group for PBS Kids
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Fred Rogers Productions
9 Story Media Group
Out of the Blue Enterprises for PBS Kids
Brown Bag Films for Nickelodeon (Nick Jr)
Clangers: I Am the Eggbot
Coolabi Productions, Ltd
Smallfilms for Sprout
(Special Shout Out to our friends at Mackinnon & Saunders for their amazing puppets!)
“It’s such an honor to receive this award and humbling to be in the same club with so many other distinguished producers – the movers & shakers of the kid’s industry!”
-Kelli Bixler, Executive Producer
“I’m so proud that “Tumble Leaf” is in such esteemed company with the Gold Award honor from The Parents’ Choice Awards. I hope we can all inspire each other as we continue to create and raise the level of quality television that we make for our audiences.”
-Drew Hodges, Creator & Executive Producer
The Parents’ Choice Awards - Trusted
By Educators - Many an educator has said of Parents’ Choice that we set the benchmark for achievement in children’s media that help kids grow mentally, morally, and physically.
By Parents - We provide a service to the millions of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and caregivers all over this country who are time-pressed and work-stressed and simply don’t have even a moment to pre-screen every product they give the kids in their lives. We do that for them.
By Store Owners - Many an independent toy store and bookstore base their buying decisions on Parents’ Choice recommendations. Online retailers large and small carry Parents’ Choice Award winning products, as do catalogues and museum shops. Manufacturers, producers, writers and musicians tell us how significant a Parents’ Choice Award is when making presentations to buyers.
Thank you to The Parents’ Choice Foundation for trusting in Tumble Leaf!