Reading is the very best! Growing up the daughter of an independent bookstore owner meant that I got ALL the books I wanted! I also got read to at bedtime. Whether you’re Jewish or not, reading books to your kids provides an abundance of joy and a great pay off for both of you.
You spend time together, dedicated time.
You share stories, quotes, funny moments, expressions and ideas.
You both learn more about Judaism and it is completely effortless!
You improve your child’s vocabulary, grasp of ideas, ability to self entertain.
I could go on and on, but you get the idea.
Start with picture books and work your way through to the young adult books. If your child will allow you to read to them into their teens I count you as one of THE MOST successful parents in the world.
Look at PJ Library for ideas of books to get. You can also sign up to have a Jewish book sent to your child (or grandchild) once a month.
Also, ask friends and librarians for suggestions. PJ Library is good but they don’t have everything.
Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) the names your favorite books and I’ll share them with others.
It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folk Tale by Margot Zemach
All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
The Children’s Jewish Holiday Kitchen By Joan Nathan
Joseph and His Magnificent Coat of Many Colors by Marcia Williams