Write and Create with PJ Library

PJ Library chooses 88 titles each year for its North American program. And that means we need your creative endeavors to keep our program growing.

Here’s your guide to working with PJ Library:

PJ Library is available to families who are raising Jewish children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years all across North America. They come from many backgrounds -- some are intermarried, some have little or no formal Jewish learning, some attend a synagogue and celebrate Jewish holidays, and others may be unfamiliar with Jewish practice all together. We love that about PJ Library.

As the Book Selection Committee reviews books and manuscripts for PJ Library, it asks:

  • Is this story suited for children between the ages of six months and eight years?
  • Is the text (and illustrations, if available) engaging for young children and their parents?
  • Is the content appropriate to the PJ Library mission? Does the book contain a message of strong Jewish values?
  • Will children want to return to this book again and again?
  • Does the book reflect historical Jewish life, contemporary Jewish life, or some valuable aspect of the Jewish experience?
  • Will this book prompt family discussions about Jewish topics and lead families to consider making Jewish choices?

Due to the age of its participants, PJ Library does not send out reference books, books that deal with the Holocaust, or books that deal with the death or end-of-life of a loved one. PJ Library also does not send out workbooks or activity books as part of its regular monthly mailings.

Below you’ll find the content framework, an overview of the topics included in PJ Library, as well as book ideas that we’d love see.

PJ Library Content Framework
Book ideas for children ages 6 months through 3 years
Book ideas for children ages 4 through 8