ALTON — The Mom’s Choice Awards has named the book “Golden Boy Bailey” as among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.
The evaluation process uses a propriety methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements, including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost.
“We are thrilled to earn the Mom’s Choice Awards Honoring Excellence Seal of Approval,” the book’s author, Erin Frew, said. “We know all the great things the MCA does to connect consumers, educators and caregivers with the best products and services available for families.”
To be considered for an award, each entrant submits five identical samples for testing. Entries are matched to evaluators in the MCA database. Evaluators are bound by a strict code of ethics not only to ensure objectivity, but also to ensure that the evaluation is free from manufacturer influence. The five evaluations are submitted to the MCA Executive Committee for final review and approval.
“Our aim is to introduce families and educators to best-in-class products and services,” said Dawn Matheson, executive director of the Mom’s Choice Awards. “We have a passion to help families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually. Parents and educators know that products and services bearing our seal of approval are high-quality and also a great value. The MCA evaluation program is designed to incorporate the expertise of scientists, physicians and other specialists; but we also engage parents, children, educators and caregivers because they are experts in knowing what is best for their families.”
With the evaluation complete, testing samples of “Golden Boy Bailey” will be donated to schools, libraries, hospitals and nonprofit organizations.
About Erin Frew
Erin Frew is the author and illustrator of the popular “Golden Boy Bailey.” Erin Frew was born in Alton. While growing up, her home was an animal-loving household with cats, turtles, birds and hamsters but never a dog. Once she started college the first thing she did was adopt Bailey, a golden retriever, who quickly became her best friend. Erin has three siblings who also adopted dogs. “Golden Boy Bailey” is based on the adventures of these four dogs and the love they shared.
After graduating from Eastern Illinois University, Erin worked in the health and fitness industry. She moved to Santa Monica, California where she worked for an inventing firm designing children’s toys. Erin has a passion for art, travel, and design. She lives with her husband, John, and three children, Vivienne, Jack and Oliver. This is her first children’s book.