My mother in law signed my family up for the PJ Library, a free book subscription service that provides Jewish-themed bedtime stories to children based on their age. Funded by The Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the program sends one book per month to each registered child.
I cannot even tell you how spiffy the books this month are. Baba O’Riley received a book about Tu B’Shevat, which is the New Year of the Trees, or colloquially known as Jewish Arbor Day. He wasn’t so into the story itself but was all about the illustrations of the trees.
But Freebird’s PJ book rocked the world this month: Dave Horowitz’ Five Little Gefiltes. Oh, holy crap, this book is a riot. A parody of “Five Little Ducks” (they went out to play, and one less comes back until mama duck has to break open a can of whoopass and go after their ducky behinds) the book mixes Yiddish with pun-ful humor (my favorite!) and teaches really fun words like “plotz” and “oy vey” and “kvell.” The book won a few awards including, I kid you not, Mother Reader’s Weird Ass Picture Book Award for Best Story.
If you know a family who might benefit, you can sign up individual children on the PJ Library website, and read more about the program. Book gift programs like the PJ library and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are amazing things. Are there similar programs in your area? Share!