Parents Choice Writing Award And Parenting Publication Awards


I couldn’t wait to share the good news with all of you…

As many of you know, I am a proud columnist for Bay State Parent magazine, a highly praised monthly in New England. We just received notification that Bay State Parent was designated a “2008 Parents’ Choice Approved” award winner in a national magazine contest, sponsored by the Parents Choice Foundation last week.

The non-profit Parents’ Choice Foundation honors magazines that are entertaining, edifying, and that pass on accurate information to parents and/or children.

The judges wrote: “Regular features in this free Massachusetts regional parenting publication include Family Calendar of Events, Fun, Educational Activities, Family Health, and Adoption Insights. Articles are written for parents, by parents and professionals. Supported by family friendly advertisers.”

Contributors to the award-winning magazine entries were: Dr. Robyn Silverman, Alyson Aiello, Dr. Kerri Augusto, Amy Benoit, Robin Burke, Rose Cafasso,
Leslie Castillo, Michelle Xiarhos Curran, Antoinette Donovan, Lynn Jolicoeur,
Jennifer Lefferts, Kate M. Jackson, Jane Mackay, Sue Lovejoy, Jennifer Luccarelli, Sarah MacDonald, Marguerite Paolino, Elizabeth C. Regan, Donna Roberson, Susan Spencer, Tim Sullivan, & Donna White

Other 2008 winners that received the same designation include: “Sports
Illustrated for Kids, Sesame Street Magazine, and Highlights magazine”

Previous winners have included: Adoptive Families magazine, Family Fun and Ranger Rick magazines.

Judging: In the 2008 Parents’ Choice Magazine Awards numerous families and teachers
pour over many publications, page-by-page, carefully considering the content and appraising the appeal of the publications. Deliberations and final selections were conducted by an esteemed panel of judges. The magazine awards have been given out annually since 1995. The foundation, established in 1978, also reviews books, toys, music, television, software, videogames, Web sites, and magazines for children and/or families of all
achievements and backgrounds.

This news comes on the heals of Bay State’s recent 16 awards from Parenting Publications of America: From design to editorial awards, Bay State won 16 awards less than 1 month ago from Parenting Publications of America. Included in those awards, I was so proud and honored to be selected as the Silver Award winner for my series on Fitting In and Standing Out on Body Image and dealing with media pressures in America. The judges said, “Timely and informative, these columns contain the ideal mix of fact and narrative.” I was also proud to be part of the Bronze Awards given to Bay State Parent for Overall Excellence in Reporting and Overall General Excellence.


And finally, Bay State Parent was awarded Best Parenting Publication in North America: Suburban Newspaper of America named Bay State Best Parenting Publication for the third time. The judges wrote: “Good job in covering parenting issues that are current.” Writers who contributed to the issue included: Kerri Augusto, Amy Benoit, Robin Burke, Rosemary Cafasso, Lindsay Crone, Marta Kowalczyk, Jennifer Lefferts, Sue Lovejoy, Jane Mackay, Maria Marien, Marguerite Paolino, Dr. Robyn Silverman, & calendar editor Carrie Wattu.

Congratulations to Bay State Parent Magazine!





2 Responses

  1. Dr. Robyn Silverman,
    I am the Public Relations Consultant for Moby Wrap, Inc. – – the leading industry makers of fine wrap-style baby carriers, worn by celebrity moms Brooke Shields, Sheryl Crow and Maggie Gyllenhal.

    Moby Wrap products are supported and carried by fine retailers, hospitals, independent lactation offices, childbirth educators, yoga studios and pediatric clinics throughout the United States and 20 international countries.

    We have a monthly hit ratio of 1.5 million on our website, and we continue to showcase our staying power in the mainstream parenting product market.

    Moby Wrap is interested in a coperative effort with your award winning magazine (congratulations on the praise for your specific contributions in the publication!).

    Moby Wrap has had a great impact on the baby-wearing trend that is supported by thousands of new and young mothers throughout your Northeast reader base.

    We would be honored if you would consider Moby Wrap and it’s impact on the babywearing product market, as material for a future publication of Bay State Parent Magazine.

    Please contact me directly for a press kit, a sample to review and other pertinent information, to help you decide if you are interested in what education Moby can offer Bay State Parent Magazine parents.

    Carrie Hill
    Public Relations Coordinator
    Moby Wrap, Inc

  2. Congratulations to you Bay State Parent Magazine! The Parents’ Choice Awards are a prestigious award. We wanted to share our excitement, too, because all of our children’s magazines at Cricket Magazine Group won Parents’ Choice Awards for 2008 in the magazine category! Check us out at

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