The Goodwin Family

Our PJ Family of the Month is the Goodwin Family. Laurie, Dan, Samuel (4), and Jacob (2) live in Ellicott City. Samuel attends Bet Yeladim Preschool. Read below to find out more about them! 

How did you hear about PJ Library?
While we first heard about PJ Library from a family friend, we are currently regulars of the PJ Library family activities circuit. We are an active family at Bet Yeladim and love to participate in the local BY/PJ Library events. 

What is your family's favorite PJ Library book?
We've been receiving wonderful books from PJ Library since our first son, Samuel, was born. Now at four and a half, checking the mailbox for PJ Library books and games has become one of his favorite activities. Sammy and his little brother, Jacob, enjoy reading their favorite book, Bubbe's Got the Beat pretty regularly with their own Bubbie, Bubbie Peppi. We also love Engineer Ari and the Sukkah Express, Moti the Mitzvah Mouse, and Apple Days

What is your favorite PJ Library program?
Purim Palooza is one of our favorite events, along with setting up our beautiful Sukkah decorated with PJ Library stickers and crayons. 

Why is PJ Library important in your home?
PJ Library is important in our home as it allows us as parents to validate and share our beliefs and traditions, through beautiful stories and teachings. We want our children to grow up with a strong Jewish identity, and to feel proud of their Jewish heritage. As the great-grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, learning to love their faith and to feel proud of who they are is what it's all about. Thank you, PJ Library, for helping our family to achieve these goals in such fun and memorable ways.

What is your bedtime routine like?
Every night, Daddy reads a different PJ Library book to our boys. We sing songs, laugh, and enjoy being together; we enjoy being Jewish together. Just last month, PJ Library sent us several copies of the Passover Haggadah. What a lovely gift for so many families like ours, yearning to learn the stories behind the Passover Seder. With our third child on the way, PJ Library will continue to be a voice within our home, no longer echoing just at bedtime, but throughout the holidays, as well.  

We hope you enjoyed getting to know the Goodwin Family! If you'd like to be featured as PJ Library's Family of the Month, please email Allison Weil


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