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June 3, 2014

Lakeshore’s Are You Ready? Game Shows® Win a 2014 National Parenting Publications Award
New KĖ5 learning games join an exclusive list of standout products that make parenting easier

CARSON, Calif.—(June 3, 2014)—Today, Lakeshore announced that their Are You Ready? Game Shows® have been named a 2014 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) SILVER winner. For over 20 years, the NAPPA awards have been celebrated as the “go to” source for parents and professionals seeking the best products for their children and families. The Are You Ready? Game Shows earned this prestigious award for their innovation, attention to quality and educational merit.

Developed exclusively by teachers for children entering kindergarten through 5th grade, the Are You Ready? Game Shows help parents find out if their child is ready for the next grade level. The games cast children as game-show contestants, inviting them to answer exciting questions and win fun rewards—while practicing essential math & language skills. After playing the games, parents can receive an instant online assessment of their child’s performance—and download free printable activities that target the exact skills their child needs to practice.

The NAPPA award signifies that Lakeshore’s Are You Ready? Game Shows have been rigorously evaluated and have earned special recognition for their innovation, quality, educational value and the degree to which they help busy parents and families. Each year, NAPPA’s independent panel of expert judges and parents stringently test hundreds of submissions from around the worldóchoosing only the best, most enduring products available.

“With so many products on the market, it’s sometimes hard for moms and dads to find time to separate the truly great from the rest of the pack,” says Julie Kertes, NAPPA General Manager. “Our testers save them that legwork by carefully evaluating hundreds of products and awarding only the best of the best.”

“At Lakeshore, we’re dedicated to creating innovative products that are fun, easy to use and designed to help children reach educational goals,” said Bo Kaplan, Lakeshore’s President and CEO. “We’re truly honored that our new Are You Ready? Game Shows are being recognized by one of the longest running and most respected awards programs in the country.”

For more information about the Are You Ready? Game Shows, visit

About Lakeshore—Products Designed with Learning in Mind™
Lakeshore Learning Materials is a leading developer and retailer of top-quality materials for early childhood education programs, elementary schools and homes nationwide. Since 1954, Lakeshore has offered innovative learning materials distinguished by their quality, educational merit and safety. To learn more, visit

For more than 20 years, the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) has been the go-to resource for the best products for families. NAPPA’s team of independent, expert judges, along with family and child testers, select the most innovative and enduring products to be NAPPA Gold, Silver and Honors winners in two annual competitionsóChildren’s Products and Parenting Resources. For more information, visit

About Epstein Custom Media
Epstein Custom Media is a leading publisher of print and electronic resources for families, and the hosting company of the National Parenting Publications Awards. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Epstein Custom Media is committed to producing compelling content and comprehensive resources on topics that are most important to families, including health, education, music, arts and community involvement. The independently owned company recently launched a publication exclusively devoted to children with special needs.

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