Our team of PJ Our Way professionals puts great thought into each month's selections. These books span a range of interests and reading levels, however, we cannot guarantee that every book is the right fit for every child. Each month, this blog will include updated parent information including summaries, discussion points, and content warnings for every title we offer.

PJOW Camps Celebrated Hanukkah in August!

Posted November 29, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

How fun would it be to wake up at summer camp and find out you were celebrating Hanukkah?! Thanks to the PJ Our Way at Camp partnership, campers at URJ Crane Lake and Eisner Camps celebrated Hanukkah in August this year!  Read More »

Black Radishes

Posted November 29, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Gustave and his family are French Jews, living in Paris in 1940. In an effort to escape the Nazis as they invade France, they flee to the unoccupied zone in the countryside, leaving friends and family behind. This story has plenty of kid appeal as we learn of Gustave’s exploits with his friends, and his challenges with anti-Semites at school. With the help of the French Resistance and some black radishes that the German soldiers particularly enjoy, Gustave and his family eventually manage to escape to America. There's plenty of Jewish content in this well written story and the Holocaust details are age-appropriate and gripping. Read More »

Like a Maccabee

Posted November 29, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Ten-year-old Ben’s got a lot on his mind in this Hanukkah-themed easy reader chapter book. He’s worried about facing his nemesis in his upcoming soccer championship game: Travis “the Tank” is not only the intimidating defender of the other team, he’s also the school bully. To make matters even more complicated, Ben’s aging grandfather has recently relocated from Chicago ­– right into Ben’s bedroom.   Read More »

The Importance of Wings

Posted November 29, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

What do Israeli-born Roxanne and her sister Gayle want more than anything else? To be American and to fit in. Roxanne worries about having the wrong hair, the wrong clothes, and being picked last in gym. With their mother back in Israel caring for their sick aunt and their father working late every night driving a taxi in the city, Roxanne and Gayle spend most of their time watching reruns of old TV shows about perfect all-American families. That's until a new girl moves into the “cursed” pink house next door. Beautiful, cool, athletic Liat is also Jewish and Israeli, and over the course of their friendship she teaches Roxanne the importance of being true to herself. Kids will relate to this frank portrayal of typical teenage angst set in an 80s retro-style background rich in Israeli culture and pride.   Read More »

The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey

Posted November 01, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

In this first book of the popular Rabbi Harvey series, author Steve Sheinkin makes clever and witty Jewish folktales accessible and fun for kids. Set in the Wild West of the 1870s, Rabbi Harvey is the unlikely leader of the citizens of Elk Spring, Colorado. Equipped with Jewish knowledge, a good heart, and a keen wit, Rabbi Harvey resolves disputes, fights crime, and saves the town from no-good robbers. This well-drawn graphic novel is an easy and enjoyable book for readers of all ages! Read More »