New Children’s Book That Celebrates Diversity- Sweet Neighbors Come in All Colors – Wins Mom’s Choice Gold Award

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New Children’s Book That Celebrates Diversity

Sweet Neighbors Come in All Colors’

Honored with a Mom’s Choice® Gold Award!





Evanston, IL (March 12, 2019) — The new children’s book that celebrates diversity in a delightfully, fruitful way, Sweet Neighbors Come in All Colors from Studio 9, just received a Mom’s Choice® Gold Award as among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.


Based on a song by Dick Grover and now available nationwide in bookstores and online, the AbsoFRUITly delightful Sweet Neighbors Come in All Colors was written and illustrated by Lisa Blecker, with art direction and graphic design by C. Aaron Kreader.  It features an illustrious group of friendly fruit from the Farmers’ Market, which come in all shapes, sizes and colors, telling a sweet story about celebrating the diversity in all of us.


An added benefit to the bright, boldly designed storybook and easy-to-follow-along words, is a page of sheet music – “The Sweet Neighbors Come in all Colors” song, with original music by Grover and adapted lyrics by Blecker. Visit to hear the song and watch the video.  


Sweet Neighbors Come in all Colors is designed for parents to help their children – ages 2-5 – explore what makes “neighbors” different, the same and lovable, through the delightful colorful, medley of fruit. And, “Sweet Neighbors” is a great way to introduce early learners to colors of the rainbow!


“Sweet Neighbors Come in All Colors” storybook is available for an SRP of $11.95. To order, please visit the book’s website, Amazon, or wherever books are sold in retail and online. Like Sweet Neighbors on Facebook and Youtube, and sign up here to receive updates.



The Mom’s Choice Awards®

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of items from more than 55 countries. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media look for the MCA mother-and-child Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality products and services for children and families. An esteemed panel of evaluators includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. Visit


About Lisa Blecker

Lisa Blecker is an award-winning children’s book writer, illustrator and a co-game creator whose books include “The Good in Me From A to Z by Dottie” and “Blessed Is the Spot.” She is also a regular freelance writer, artist, and concept developer for “Brilliant Star”—an award-winning international children’s magazine inspired by the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith. She received credentials for teaching art in Florida, and her experience in education inside and outside of the public-school system informs and influences the materials she creates.





Andrea Blain

Andrea Public Relations