April 18, 2012

Free Books: From Dolly Parton & Your Local Synagogue. Yes, Really!

Savvy receives two books in the mail per month at no cost to us thanks to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and The PJ Library, Jewish Bedtime Stories & Songs.

I'm fairly certain she believes these books are gifts from our doormen, since they don't fit in our mailbox and are handed to her directly from the package room. She handed me one of the books today, saying "Nyon", her pronunciation of John the doorman.

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library aims to ensure children, ages 0-5, have a library of books to call their own to enhance their imagination. I want to shout this from the rooftops, because I hope hope hope that disadvantaged families that can't afford to buy new books for their children learn about this!

Every NYC kid can get 12 free books a year!!!  

[The Imagination Library is available in the US and Canada. They've sent 40,000,000 books so far! See if your city or town is sponsored to receive free books by clicking on on "Register My Child" from the homepage.]

After signing up for the PJ Library several months ago since Savvy is half Jewish, we finally received the first book! After John the doorman gave her the package and we examined it in the elevator, I exclaimed, "Savvy! It's your first Jewish book!" "Jew book jew book jew book." Oy. Her mimicking skills are hilarious.

This month's book was Good Night Israel, part of the Good Night Our World series.

I read up to the Dead Sea page before she got bored and left the room. We'll see if she takes an interest in it another time.

If you're Jewish and would like your child to receive books and music, click on the PJ Library Community page to see if your community has been sponsored.  If you know of a similar organization that shares books about Christianity or any other topics for that matter, please let me know in the comments!

Please spread the word about these great organizations and consider making a donation.


Anonymous said...

I'm surprised that in order to get free Jewish books you need to be Jewish...how would you go about proving that exactly? Perhaps you meant to say that if you are interested in Jewish books you can get free ones (and most people would assume that you would only be interested in such books if you are Jewish).

Missa said...

Here is the language the organization uses. They do indicate that the program is for Jewish families, but if you're interested I don't think they would deny you:

PJ LIBRARY IS A JEWISH FAMILY ENGAGEMENT program implemented on a local level throughout North America. We mail free, high-quality Jewish children's literature and music to families across the continent on a monthly basis.

PJ Library is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. Today, families in hundreds of communities across the United States and Canada are able to explore the timeless core values of Judaism through books and music.

All families raising Jewish children from age six months of age through five, six, seven or eight years (depending on the community) are welcome to enroll.

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