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General

What is the difference between PJ Our Way and PJ Library?
PJ Library is a book-based program available to families in the United States and Canada raising Jewish children from birth through 8 years old. PJ Our Way is the next chapter of PJ Library, for kids ages 9-12. With PJ Our Way, rather than automatically receiving a book in the mail, kids go to www.pjourway.org every month to choose the book they want to receive. Kids can also submit reviews about the books. They can apply to be part of the National Design Team, which has early access to PJ Our Way books and helps create content for the website, and the Kids Advisory Committee that reviews every book PJ Our Way is considering for its lineup.
While both PJ Library and PJ Our Way are programs of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, each program maintains an independent database. Since PJ Our Way is an online program geared towards kids under age 13, parents must enroll their children directly through this website.
PJ Our Way is available across the United States and Canada.
All children ages 9 through 12 living in the United States or Canada and being raised in a Jewish home are eligible to sign up. Parents can enroll their children as early as age 8 1/2, and up until the day before their 13th birthday. 
All subscriptions remain active for one full year (12 months). Subscriptions are renewed automatically for 12-month periods until the child is no longer age-eligible.
No! PJ Our Way is a free gift for you and your family from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and PJ Alliance partners.

How it Works

How often can my child choose a book?
Every month! Kids can choose a new book between the 1st and 10th of each month. You (and your child if you registered your child’s email address) will receive emails at the beginning of the month to remind your child to choose a book.
Just come back to www.pjourway.org between the 1st and 10th of each month. The website will prompt your child to choose a book once they have logged in.
During the book selection period (from the 1st to the 10th of each month), kids can change their book selections by visiting the book detail page for books that are available that month and clicking the "Choose" button. Book selections cannot be changed after the book selection period closes on the 11th of each month.
 
Very occasionally, we run out of inventory for a particular title. If we are not able to restock this title in time, we will replace it with an alternate title so that subscribers always have 4 books to choose from.
While your child will not be able to choose a book for that month, they will be able to see reviews and videos based on books already offered, and will be able to submit reviews, vote in polls, answer trivia questions, and read blog posts on books they have already read.
Your child’s book should arrive within 4-6 weeks after the book selection period closes on the 10th of each month. This means a book chosen the first week of September should arrive by the end of October.
So sorry to hear that! Please email us at info@pjourway.org or call 413-276-0800.
If you have moved within the United States or Canada, then your child can continue receiving books. Simply send your new address to info@pjourway.org, or call 413-276-0800. If you have moved outside the United States or Canada, unfortunately, we are unable to continue sending your child PJ Our Way books.
Yes! All kids, no matter what kind of school they attend, can join PJ Our Way.
Yes! Any child between the ages of 8½-12 can have their own subscription.
Yes! PJ Our Way is more than a book program. All subscribers are encouraged to post reviews and comments directly to the website, answer polls and trivia, and interact with the website to earn badges. Want to submit video trailers and blog posts? Contact us at designteam@pjourway.org.

About the Books

Who chooses the books being offered?
The PJ Our Way Book Selection Committee chooses age-appropriate, high-quality, Jewish-themed books on a wide variety of topics. The Book Selection Committee is made up of a panel of Jewish educators, authors, editors, parents, and kids. Read more about how books are chosen for PJ Our Way.
We welcome your suggestions! You can contact us at submissions@pjourway.org. Here are the guidelines on how to submit a book or manuscript.
No problem! Not every book is for every kid and that is why we offer four options each month. We would love to know why your child did not like a particular book. Your child can review the book on the website or you can email us your feedback at info@pjourway.org.
Participants can choose one book each month, but most of our titles are available on Amazon and other booksellers.
150 pages. You can find exact page counts for each book in Story Central.

For Parents

Where can parents find out more about PJ Our Way books?
Story Central on the Parents mode of the website includes parent guides for every book in the PJ Our Way lineup. Each month, parents can find book summaries, information on the Jewish content and values, discussion points, and content ratings and warnings, when applicable, for each book offered to their child. While we provide content ratings and warnings, we encourage parents to do their own research as to the appropriateness of particular titles for their children. 
Log on to the PJ Our Way website with your child and visit their profile. Selected books appear on your child’s bookshelf.
Yes! PJ Our Way is a closed site, meaning it does not link to external websites, social media sites, or YouTube. All website content, including kid comments and videos, are reviewed by PJ Our Way educators before being posted to the site.
Yes, all book reviews, blog comments, and videos are reviewed by PJ Our Way educators before being posted. In order to maintain the safety of the website and your kids, please review with your child the type of book reviews and blog comments we do not accept or that we edit:
  • Swear words or offensive language
  • Mean comments
  • Vulgar images or anything inappropriate for kids
  • Personally identifiable information of any kind, including first and last names; your state, city, address, phone number, or e-mail; the name of your school; or personal websites
  • Book reviews and ratings for books that have not yet been read (for example: “5 stars! This book looks great and I can’t wait to read it,” “1 star, I think I’d like this book, but I haven’t yet received it”)
  • Book reviews that are not relevant to the book being reviewed (for example: “I’m going to a cool concert tonight”)
  • Book reviews with “spoilers” that reveal key aspects of the book’s plot
The PJ Our Way policy on Holocaust-related content is guided by the view of The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, that an introduction to the history of the Holocaust is suitable subject matter for children in 4th grade and up. In line with this view, the Museum has created an exhibition for this age group. Many schools teach books such as The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars to children in middle school. We agree with the view that it is appropriate for upper elementary and middle school children to learn broadly about the Holocaust.
 
However, because our aim at PJ Our Way is to provide positive Jewish content, we try not to let Holocaust-related books overwhelm the lineup. The Holocaust-related books we do offer have a hopeful message and minimal graphic content, if any, and may focus on topics including resistance and refugees. Sometimes a secondary character will be a survivor. We know that some parents feel that the Holocaust is not suitable subject matter for middle-grade readers. For these families, there will always be alternative options to choose from that month.
 

The National Design Team and Kids Advisory Committee

What is the Kids Advisory Committee?
The Kids Advisory Committee is a group of kids from across the United States and Canada who help select and review PJ Our Way books.
Kids may apply for the Kids Advisory Committee by contacting designteam@pjourway.org.
 
The Design Team is a group of kids from across the United States and Canada who create videos and other content for the PJ Our Way website.
Applications for the Design Team open every year in late summer, and details about how to apply, including how to submit a creative video, will be announced on the PJ Our Way website. For more information, contact designteam@pjourway.org.