Mom Duo Honored with Back-to-Back Book Awards for Tips on Boosting Baby Brain Power

Scottsdale, AZ (PressExposure) March 09, 2009 -- Moms and authors Holly Engel-Smothers (Buckner, MO) and Susan M. Heim (Boca Raton, FL) have received the prestigious iParenting Media Award and Mom’s Choice Silver Book Award for their book, "Boosting Your Baby’s Brain Power" (Great Potential Press, 2009).

The iParenting Media Awards honor products based on their product quality, ease of use, educational nature and uniqueness, among other criteria., an online community for parents and parents-to-be, is part of Disney Online’s network of family-focused Web sites including Disney, and The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) are known for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services.

“Just as an athlete has to practice his sport in a certain order to build up to the main event, so do infants have to take ‘baby steps’ toward optimal brain development, which is created and driven by experiences with Mommy, Daddy, and caregivers,” says Holly Engel-Smothers and Susan Heim. So what can mommies and daddies do? According to these authors, quite a bit—including spoiling your baby rotten, repeating activities, peaking curiosity, and keeping an eye out for red flags. Their book describes these vital windows of opportunity and strategies to help parents help babies and toddlers reach their developmental potential.

Holly is a consultant for Parents as Teachers early childhood program and is contributing to a Chicken Soup for the Soul book to be released in 2009. Holly has had numerous articles published in magazines, including Missouri’s National Education Magazine Something Better, as well as Mother and Child Reunion: A Parenting, Education, and Health Resource. She is also a contributing author to several books. Susan is a former Senior Editor for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Her books include "Oh, Baby! 7 Ways a Baby Will Change Your Life the First Year"; "It’s Twins! Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy Through Adolescence"; "Twice the Love: Stories of Inspiration for Families with Twins, Multiples and Singletons"; and, "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More."

To learn more about these authors and their brain-boosting tips, view our online media kit at []. Review copy and interview requests can be emailed to Excerpts from the book are also available for reprint with permission with topics including: How to Bond with Your Newborn, Language- and Literacy-Building Activities, and Exercises for Improving Babies’ Motor Skills.

About Great Potential Press

Great Potential Press (GPP), based in Scottsdale, is an award-winning company that has published books for parents and teachers of bright children for more than two decades.

For more information contact Kristina Grant of Great Potential Press (

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