Write and Create with PJ Library and PJ Our Way

PJ Library chooses 88 titles each year for its North American program, which includes board books, picture books, and easy chapter books aimed at children ages 6 months to eight years. PJ Our Way, the next chapter of PJ Library for older kids, chooses 48 middle-grade books a year aimed at kids ages nine through twelve. That’s a whopping 136 books a year! And that means we need your creative endeavors to keep our program growing.

Here’s your guide to working with PJ Library and PJ Our Way:

PJ Library is available to families who are raising Jewish children between the ages of 6 months and 11 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 ages 6 months-8 years, 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. However, because of the older age of its readers, PJ Our Way will send out books of this type.
Below you’ll find the content framework, an overview of the topics included in PJ Library, book ideas that we’d love to see, and PJ Our Way content needs.

PJ Library Content Framework
PJ Library: Book ideas for ages 6 months-8 years
PJ Our Way: Book Ideas for kids ages 9 through 11