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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 Light 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

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, JTA 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 Light 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 Light 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 BAER 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 Baer 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-Chief 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, JTA 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...

The crop of new children’s book for this year features, clockwise from top left: “Where’s the Potty on This Ark? (Kar-Ben); “Regina Persisted: An Untold Story” (Apples & Honey Press); “Who’s Got the Etrog?” (Kar-Ben); “A Moon for Moe and Mo” (Charlesbridge); “The Creation Book” (Hachai Publishing); and “Shani’s Shoebox” (Green Bean Books).

New children’s books: A magical shoebox and animals from everywhere   

Penny Schwartz September 5, 2018

BOSTON (JTA) – From an African warthog to swinging orangutans, animals from all corners of the planet are featured in two stories among a new crop of children’s books at the Jewish New Year that also includes a lyrical poem of the biblical story of...

Four new children’s books for the Jewish New Year

By Penny Schwartz, JTA August 23, 2018

From an African warthog to swinging orangutans, animals from all corners of the planet are featured in two stories among a new crop of children’s books at the Jewish New Year that also includes a lyrical poem of the biblical story of Creation and a...

Here are new some children’s books for Passover — and spring, too

By Penny Schwartz, JTA March 15, 2018

A talking parrot saves the family seder and a moose-musician is eager to host his perfect first Passover meal in a pair of delightful new children’s books for the holiday, which this year begins on the night of March 30. A third book celebrates the...

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