Did you know that there's an Israeli version of PJ Library? It actually reaches more than kids and families than in North America.
Called Sifriyat Pijama (Hebrew for "Pajama Library"), the program gifts books in Hebrew each month to more than 215,000 preschoolers in about 7,000 preschools throughout Israel. Many of the recipients of Sifriyat Pijama books are part of underserved immigrant populations and people living in the northern and southern periphery of Israel. This year, the program will expand in age, reaching kids ages 2-5.
Sifriyat Pijama enables preschool teachers to introduce a new book each month to their classes. Then each student receives the book to take home to read with his or her family. Participating teachers are given access to professional development training. Teachers learn to use the books as a means of enhancing literacy and engaging families in the learning process.
Sifriyat Pijama is the result of a partnership between the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), the Israeli Ministry of Education, and private funders.