Introducing the 2020 PJ Our Way National Design Team!

Posted December 19, 2019  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

We are very excited to introduce the PJ Our Way National Design Team for 2020! These awesome kids were selected from almost 100 applicants! They will create video trailers, polls, reviews, and blog posts for forthcoming books on the PJ Our Way website; meet monthly via video conference; and participate in workshops and author interviews throughout the year. Find out a little more about each team member below, including their favorite PJ Our Way books!

Danielle
Danielle, age 11, New York
My hobbies are writing, coding, reading, and singing. I like to ice skate, and I play the viola. In my free time I code on Scratch and make iMovies with my sister. I am 11 years old and I'm in 6th grade. My favorite PJ Our Way book is 12 Before 13. It outlines much of the drama that one can experience in middle school – and in life! I liked how Ari went to a Jewish camp and had the time of her life with her new camp friends. I can definitely relate. Over the summer I went to camp too and made two awesome new friends.
Delilah
Delilah, age 12, Illinois
I am a professional actor, and take tap, play piano, and go to Hebrew school when I am not working hard in middle school. I love to read, write stories, and make short films in my free time. My favorite PJ Our Way novel is Lucky Broken Girl because I enjoyed the plot and felt like I could identify with the characters. I was given the opportunity to interview the author, Ruth Behar, which gave me a chance to explore the book in more depth.
Dori
Dori, age 11, New York
I love to read. I also like to run, and I play clarinet and piano. I also like to play board games. My favorite subject in school is science, and blueberry pie is my favorite food. My favorite PJ Our Way book is Looking for Me by Betsy Rosenthal because it is really interesting.
Hadar
Hadar, age 8, New York
I love reading and like writing stories. I love drawing and dancing ballet. I like playing soccer and just started Girl Scouts. I love animals, especially cats. My favorite PJ Our Way book is More All-of-a-Kind Family. I like the series of books. I like how Henny is funny.
Katja
Katja, age 11, New York
I play roller derby. My derby name is Books. I cannot smell. I will never be able to smell (it's called anosmia). I am 12. My favorite PJ Our Way book is Lucky Broken Girl because I relate to the main character. She has glasses and is 12 and loves to read.
Matthew
Mathew, age 10, Alberta
I enjoy reading, playing cello, and learning about new things.
MiaSarenna
MiaSarenna, age 9, Louisiana
I play the piano; run a 5k marathon with Girls on the Run; and I like to draw, read, and play Dungeons & Dragons. My favorite PJ Our Way book is 12 before 13 because it was one of the longer books that took me a while to read, and the main characters were girls preparing for and having their Bat Mitzvah events.
Oliver
Oliver, age 11, Florida
I'm learning to play the violin, and I like classic cars. Skating with the Statue of Liberty is my favorite PJ Our Way book because it was one of the first I got, and it has a great storyline.
Risa
Risa, age 11, New York
I like to climb and read. Climbing is fun because it's so much of a challenge. I like to set goals and crush them. I like to spell, and recently I got second place in my middle school’s spelling bee. I play flute and piano, and later this year at school I will learn violin. My favorite PJ Our Way book is probably Searching for Lottie. I liked this story about following your heart. It was really lovely and adorable. I love reading depressing Holocaust memoirs and stories. I think it is fascinating.
Shia
Shia, age 10, California
I like playing all sports especially flag football and basketball. One of my hobbies is reading. My favorite PJ Our Way book is Rabbi Harvey, because it is funny and it has Torah in it, so you can theoretically sneak it into synagogue. If you get caught you will probably still be able to read the book.
Sylvie
Sylvie, age 9, Pennsylvania
I LOVE drawing and other art related things. I also enjoy acting, cooking, and basketball. I love to spend time with family and friends and I also really like to read. My favorite PJ Our Way book is The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey. I love this book because it has a lot of really funny parts in it. I also love that it is a graphic novel, and I enjoyed the many short stories (and not just one long story). Another reason why I love this book is because it has a lot of meaningful morals.
Talia
Talia, age 12, Texas
I love music and writing stories. I go to a private Jewish day school which is THE BEST. I love technology. I take dance classes and play the flute in my school band. I really like the PJ Our Way book 12 Before 13 because it's about coming of age and I want to know more about becoming a Bat Mitzvah.
Comments
EmmaEMB
cool! can't wait 2 SEE STUFF FROM U GUYS1
3/11/2020 6:16:46 PM
pinkgiraffe2011
So cool! I 'm so glad you guys get to create posts for us to interact with.
3/1/2020 12:33:56 PM
Luv2readTO
wow
1/25/2020 11:04:35 AM
ILOVEPJOURWAY
Love this design team💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱And I am a Jew too
1/9/2020 7:36:27 PM
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