Has your child received their free Hebrew-language picture books, yet?

The division of the PJ Library that sends Hebrew language books to the children and grandchildren of ex-patriot Israelis in the U.S.–Sifriyat Pijama B’America (SP-BA)–is now accepting new families to join the program. Children will receive monthly books in Hebrew, often tied to events on the Jewish calendar. The first year of the program was a success, and its leadership has launched a new website in English that includes many of the features in the Hebrew website. Follow this link to check out the improved site and sign up: http://www.sp-ba.org/.

Sifriyat Pijama B’ America begins!

My daughter received her first book through Sifriyat Pijama B’ America (which distributes free Hebrew language materials to American children, particularly those with Israeli parents or grandparents) this week. The first selection was Lea Goldberg’s classic Hayeled Hara (The Bad Boy). My children enjoyed the story–about a boy who blames his naughty behavior on the “bad boy” inside him–and found the illustrations quite charming. The directions for parents explain the book connects to the mishnah in Pirke Avos about “Who is the strong man? The one who controls his inclination (for bad).” The message fits perfectly into this season of Elul, where we are supposed to carefully consider our actions and resolve to do better in the coming year. I’m going to see if I can get my bigger kids to read it to the little ones for their own Hebrew language practice.
I should point out that not only are the Sifriyat Pijama B’ America books in Hebrew (with nekudot), but the parent directions are in Hebrew, too. There was hardly any English at all in the entire package. The result: a little fumbling around with a English-Ivrit dictionary in the Klempner household before we could introduce the book to our children.
The program is now at capacity, but will add new members in December. You can get on the waiting list here:

HaModia is now offering a FREE digital edition!

Many of us want to keep up with news, but only if we can do so without inviting inappropriate reading material into our homes. To those who want daily “kosher” news, directly to their computer or mobile device, there’s a new option:

HaModia has just announced a free digital, daily edition of their newspaper. To sign up, send an email to digital@hamodia.com.

Free Hebrew books for Jewish kids!

There’s a new project patterned on the PJ Library, that focuses on bringing Hebrew language materials into homes. Targeting the children and grandchildren of ex-patriot Israelis, in particular, philanthropists here in L.A. want to send kids books in Hebrew to cultivate skills in our special language. See this week’s Aish.com article here for a full explanation.
If you have children 3-5 years of age and would like to receive books in Hebrew throughout the school year, register at the link that follows. https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dG5DTEhoa29GQWFsNzhOaUxQZTFJaWc6MQ#gid=0

Another great contest…this time for readers, not just writers!

The website Savvima is giving away a copy of the new Artscroll book, Let’s Go to the Sun and the Moon. To enter, you need to visit this link and put in a topic you’d like to see a Jewish book address before July 4th, 2011. One entry will be selected to receive the book.

Do you want your book in a Cheerios box?

I know I’m obsessed with the books that appear free in Cheerios boxes. As far as obsessions goes, I guess it’s not a dangerous one. Anyway, here are the details for the contest to get your manuscript published and distributed in the boxes. Follow this link: http://write-jobs.blogspot.com/2011/04/free-contest-cheerios-new-childrens.html