Danny, Michelle, Harper (3), and Logan (5 months) Jacobs live in Ellicott City, MD and love receiving PJ Library books each month.
How did you hear about PJ Library? We initially heard about it from friends with kids. They told us about the opportunity to receive a book in the mail every month. We thought it would be a good way to introduce Harper - and now Logan - to Judaism.
What is your family’s favorite PJ Library selection? The first book Harper really liked was Shabbat Shalom, Hey! Three words, lots of pictures, and great for a baby under 2. Now that's she's a little older, Harper loves the "[Jewish Holiday] is coming" series, primarily to find the family dog on each page.
Why is PJ Library important in your home? PJ Library books spark discussions about the traditions for various Jewish celebrations in a fun and educational way. Harper loves saying the blessings, lighting the candles on Friday night, and singing Shabbat Shalom, which we've sung with her since she started reading PJ Library books. When Logan is a little older, we look forward to reading with him and having our daughter help explain everything.
How has PJ Library influenced your family’s Jewish living and decisions? It has not influenced so much as reinforced Jewish values in our home. It has given us child-friendly resources to teach about the traditions we keep. We also think it is great to have Harper see others sharing the same Jewish traditions that we do in our home.
What is your favorite PJ Library program? Shabbat Tots. Or, as Harper called it when she was younger (and as we still refer to it) "Shabbat-tot-tots." It's a wonderful way to come together with other young, local families to welcome Shabbat. From the songs, stories, blessings, and crafts, Shabbat Tots is always creative and engaging. Even Logan, who is only five months old, has started attending and enjoying Shabbat Tots.
What is your bedtime routine with your little ones? After Harper's bath, she will pick out a book or two, typically a PJ Library book. Recently, she has decided to "read" the book to us, where she will turn the pages and engage in a monologue that is half-gibberish based on whatever illustration is on the page. She never fails to make us laugh!
Thank you so much to the Jacobs family for sharing your love of PJ Library!