The McCormick Family

We are so excited to have Annie, Eric, Parker (10), and Lucie (3) as our May PJ Library Family of the Month! Parker loves receiving his own books every month through PJ Our Way (the next chapter of PJ Library for ages 8.5-11) and Lucie receives PJ Library books. 

How did you hear about PJ Library? 
When we moved to Howard County, we became involved with the young adult group at Temple Isaiah, which led us to learn more about the Jewish Federation of Howard County. We started participating in events, learned about PJ Library, and immediately signed Parker up.

What is your family's favorite PJ Library book? 
We have loved reading all of the books we've received throughout the years. A favorite of Parker's is The Sabbath Lion. I think the story emphasizes the meaning of Shabbat as a day of rest and teaches us strength through faith. Being able to share a story from a different culture helps us broaden our kids' view of the world and lets them know that there are Jewish people in every corner of the world.

Why is PJ Library important in your home?
Now that Parker has moved on to PJ Our Way, we love learning from him as he reads. He gets to read books on his own and the genres are varied so he learns a lot. Parker loved telling us about the story of the creators of Curious George and how he was originally named "Fifi." He also loved the Rabbi Harvey series; it has helped him become an independent reader. Lucie also loves getting new books! The best part is having Parker read PJ Library books to Lucie. I'm not sure which one of them loves it more. 

What is your bedtime routine with your little ones? 
Our kids share a room so bedtime can often be chaotic. Even if we do nothing else, we always have books and songs. Allowing them each to pick a book to read helps keep us on track and books at the end of the night are a great reward.

A huge thank you goes to Annie, Eric, and the McCormick family for sharing their love of PJ Library! If you'd like to be featured as a PJ Library Family of the Month, send Allison Weil an email at


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