PJ Library Resources for Quarantined Families


As communities seek to lower the impact of COVID-19, many families are spending a lot of time at home with their kids. One great way to pass time with your little ones is to read PJ Library books! Here are other ideas for ways to stay busy and have fun at home.

For guidance in talking with your children about quarantines and pandemics, visit our page on How to Talk to Your Kids About Scary Situations.

For Babies and Toddlers

5 Super Easy No-Prep Toddler Activities

Creating a Simple Bedtime Routine for Babies & Toddlers

Listen to the Sleepy Bedtime Playlist

Family Together Time

Read a story together. Browse all PJ Library books about Hanukkah to start learning.

Check out PJ Library Listen for hours of free audio content for the whole family.

Listen to our podcast: Have I Got a Story for You! 

Listen to our animated PJ Library books playlist

Play Hanukkah Mad Libs

Light the Hanukkah candles together

Arts & Crafts

little boys climbing on their mama while doing arts and crafts

12 Indoor Activities With A Jewish Twist

Bake An Edible Menorah

Decorate Handmade Menorah Cards

Make a Hot Chocolate Gift Kit

Hanukkah Sponge Stamper Cards

How to Plant a Tree Sapling During Cold Weather

Unplugged Time

The Easy Hanukkah Guide, featuring books and activities for each night

A Mitzvah A Day (From Home) Chart

9 Fun and Easy Ideas for a Shabbat Family Game Night

15 Unplugged Ideas for Shabbat

Unplugged Activities for Quiet Weekends/Shabbat

Kids in the Kitchen

Brother and sister enjoying ice cream cones together

Mushroom Medley Rice for Shabbat


Hanukkah Gelt via Nosh & Nibble

Hidden Veggie Latkes

Oven Fried Zucchini Sticks

Stained Glass Cookies

Sufganiyot Donut Holes

No-Chicken Soup

Squash Nachos

Watch PJ Library and Kosher.com's kids' cooking show, Nosh & Nibble

Hands-on Activities from Favorite PJ Library Books:

Twin sisters enjoy a snack while reading a PJ Library book

Go Stargazing

Decorate Your Own Goblin Puppets

Be the Shamash

Make a Handprint Menorah 

Make a Tzedakah Box

Oil Menorah

Salt Dough Candleholders

For Parents

Tips For Sharing Hanukkah at Virtual School (Facebook Resources)

Different Families, Different Rules: Tips For Talking to Your Kids

Easy Ways to Practice Mindfulness With Your Children

Sample Daily Schedule for Families at Home

More Resources from Our Partners

Visit the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) for an ongoing ticker of Jewish coronavirus news.

My Jewish Learning has guides to traditional prayers that may be particularly useful at this time, including the Prayer for Healing, the Prayer for Hand-Washing, the Prayer for Travelers, and the Prayer for Doctors

Kveller has published helpful advice and personal essays about coronavirus, including life under quarantine, building community during this stressful time, and a profile of the teen who started the best coronavirus website.


PJ Library sends free Jewish children’s books around the world to families of all levels of Jewish observance or knowledge. The program is inspiring new generations to explore Jewish values, traditions, and culture through storybooks. Perfect for kids from birth through 12 years. Sign up the kids in your life today.