Inspiration and Kidspiration Honored as Outstanding Products of 2009 by iParenting Media Awards


PORTLAND, Ore. – Dec. 9, 2009 – Inspiration® and Kidspiration® are wrapping up 2009 with their second set of honors from a national parent information Web site, as they have now been named to the iParenting Media Awards’ list of Outstanding Products of 2009. The visual learning tools from Inspiration Software, Inc., the leader in visual thinking and learning, were also recently awarded The National Parenting Center’s 2010 Seal of Approval, adding to both products’ long list of accolades from the education, technology and parenting communities.

            Inspiration and Kidspiration were selected for the recognition from iParenting Media from hundreds of products that were submitted for judging in 17 categories. All products submitted for the iParenting Media Awards Outstanding Products of 2009 underwent a thorough evaluation process by a variety of individuals, including experts and families.

            “The second recognition in as many weeks for Inspiration and Kidspiration from the parenting community supports our belief that students can use visual learning to build critical thinking skills both at school and at home,” said Mona Westhaver, president and co-founder, Inspiration Software. “It is exciting to see our software listed among the high-quality products for children that the iParenting judges recognized as the best of 2009.”

            Inspiration is the essential tool to visualize, think, organize and learn. Inspiration provides powerful support for critical thinking, comprehension and writing, and learners in grade 6 to adult rely on Inspiration to plan, research and complete projects successfully.

            Kidspiration 3, the visual learning software for students in kindergarten through grade 5, supports young learners as they strengthen reading and writing skills, build conceptual understanding in math and develop thinking skills across the curriculum. The iParenting Media Award Outstanding Products of 2009 is the 18th award for Kidspiration 3 since its launch in early 2008.

            For more information about Inspiration and Kidspiration, visit


About iParenting Media, an online community for parents and parents-to-be, is part of Disney Online’s network of family-focused Web sites including Disney, and Founded in 1996, the company has grown from a single pregnancy site,, to an award-winning network of more than 40 sites, in English and Spanish. The iParenting sites address a range of parenting issues from preconception through raising teenagers and beyond. iParenting Media’s Editor-in-Chief Elisa Ast All, MSJ, writes a monthly newspaper column and co-hosts a Chicago-based radio show, Points on Parenting.

iParenting Media produces the highly respected iParenting Media Awards program, an ISO9001:2000 certified product review and awards program. Consumers can learn more about products winning iParenting Media Awards, and where to purchase the products via a retailer network online directory, by visiting

About Inspiration Software, Inc.

Recognized as the leader in visual thinking and learning, Inspiration Software, Inc.’s award-winning software tools, Inspiration, Kidspiration and InspireData®, are based on proven visual learning methodologies that help students think, learn and achieve. With the powerful combination of visual learning and technology, students in grades K-12 learn to clarify thoughts, organize and analyze information, integrate new knowledge and think critically. Founded more than 25 years ago by Donald Helfgott and Mona Westhaver, the company’s visual learning software tools are used today by more than 25 million students and teachers worldwide.

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Wendy Lienhart, L. Wolfe Communications, 630-920-0182,

Lisa Wolfe, L. Wolfe Communications, 773-227-1049,

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