How We Choose Music

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Every year in December, PJ Library gives the gift of Jewish music PJ Library families. Just like PJ Library books, PJ Library music celebrates Jewish themes, holidays, traditions, and values. A committee of professionals, early childhood educators, musicians and parents carefully chooses the music.

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Music Selection Guidelines

As the Music Selection Committee reviews Jewish children's music for PJ Library, it asks:

  • Is this music suited for children between the ages of six months and eight years?
  • Are the music and lyrics engaging for young children (and their parents)?
  • Is the music appropriate for families of varying levels of Jewish engagement or observance (or differing Jewish beliefs)?
  • Does the music and its lyrics reflect the contemporary Jewish experience of diverse families?
  • Will this music deepen understanding about Jewish life?
  • Is the music and vocals a high-quality production?

In order to best appeal to our audience, the PJ Library program does not send out music that:

  • Is entirely Hebrew.
  • Is primarily prayer.
  • Is aimed at an audience older than 8 years of age.
  • Is part of a "package," requiring or including supplemental materials (i.e., multiple CDs, accompanying books, curricula, etc.).