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Looking for Passover books for kids? Here are recommendations from PJ Library

Looking for Passover books for kids? Here are recommendations from PJ Library

JEN BAER, Special to the Jewish LightPublished March 23, 2022

This time of year brings basketball fever. That’s when the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournament occurs. Each year around this time, people start filling out brackets and entering pools…Not the kind you swim in, but the ones where you...

Picture books for little kids link learning with Jewish ideals

Picture books for little kids link learning with Jewish ideals

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-ChiefPublished February 23, 2022

They say necessity is the mother of invention. Boy, was that ever the case for St. Louis native Sarah Hirsch Maddali. After she and her husband had two children, now ages 3 and 6, Maddali grew frustrated that she couldn’t find age-appropriate...

Photo of author Dean Robbins with book cover image

St. Louis native returns for the J’s Children’s Mitzvah Program

BILL MOTCHAN, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 20, 2022

Dean Robbins fondly remembers growing up in St. Louis and playing softball at the Jewish Community Center. When he was rounding the bases, “I was thinking about Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Lou Brock and all the great Cardinal stars in the late ’60s.” He...

Looking for Hanukkah books for kids? Here are some recommendations from PJ Library

Looking for Hanukkah books for kids? Here are some recommendations from PJ Library

JEN BAER, Special to the Jewish LightPublished November 10, 2021

Saying the word “snow” in my house is akin to other four-letter words that are less-than-polite. With the days getting shorter and darker, I like to subject my kids to listening to my off-key rendition of Debbie Boone’s hit from the 70’s, “You...

Hanukkahs just a month away: Here are four childrens books for the holiday

Hanukkah’s just a month away: Here are four children’s books for the holiday

Published October 27, 2021

With the first night of Hanukkah roughly a month away (Hanukkah starts the night of Nov. 28 this year), shoppers are sure to be in the thick of present buying. Why not make things a little easier on them and suggest a great book (or four)? These titles...

New children’s books for the Jewish New Year

New children’s books for the Jewish New Year

PENNY SCHWARTZ, JTAPublished August 18, 2021

BOSTON — Challah-eating Australian kangaroos, an adventurous cartoon retelling of the biblical story of Jonah and the welcome second-in-a-series chapter book about a young girl with a magical sense of smell are among the highlights of this year’s...

PJ Library books aim to inspire kids’ inner artists

PJ Library books aim to inspire kids’ inner artists

JENNIFER BAER, Special to the Jewish LightPublished July 21, 2021
Does your kid love to sing, draw or play an instrument? Inspire your budding artist or musician with PJ Library stories featuring poets, painters and creators.
Books to help with kids’ summer camp anxiety

Books to help with kids’ summer camp anxiety

JENNIFER BAER, Special to the Jewish LightPublished July 7, 2021

Apparently, I’m developing some skills that just can’t be reflected on a résumé, such as my near perfect ability to embarrass my kids. While I know that they don’t need me to hold their hands anymore when we cross the street, something in me...

Here are three children’s books to help them deal with anxiety, stress

Here are three children’s books to help them deal with anxiety, stress

JENNIFER BAERPublished April 27, 2021

One of the most influential Torah scholars of the Middle Ages, Maimonides (also referred to by the acronym Rambam), instructs us that "the soul is subject to health and disease, just as is the body."  A friend once told me that we are only as happy as...

Looking for a great Passover book for kids?  Here are a few suggestions from PJ Library

Looking for a great Passover book for kids? Here are a few suggestions from PJ Library

Jennifer BaerPublished March 12, 2021

“Passover Is Coming!”  By: Tracy Newman and illustrated by Viviana Garofoli  Ages: 6 Months to 2 Years Synopsis: The house is very clean...matzah ball soup is bubbling on the stove...and a seder plate is on the table! Can you guess...

Members of the 1973-74 first-grade class at Old Bonhomme School gather to celebrate teacher Christine Williams’ retirement in 2005. John Green is second from left; Williams is in the middle.

Early teacher-student bond led to lifelong friendship

By Ellen Futterman, Editor-in-ChiefPublished December 30, 2020

If there ever was any doubt about the lasting impact a teacher can have on a student’s life, meet John R. Green. Today, the 53-year-old native St. Louisan is a 25-year veteran of ABC News in New York, where he currently serves as executive producer...

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Here are 6 new children’s books for the Jewish New Year

Penny Schwartz, JTAPublished September 13, 2019

A Rosh Hashanah apple cake bake-off fit for reality television and another installment in the Scarlet and Sam series from the award-winning author Eric A. Kimmel are among the highlights in the crop of new High Holiday books for children.Six engaging...

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