This post Free PJ Library Resources to help parents Inspire Kids to be their best selves is sponsored by PJ Library which sends more than two hundred ten thousand expertly curated books to families raising Jewish children – every month, at no cost to subscribers.
SO… Not to get all preachy on you but most of us who call ourselves Americans have ancestors who didn't arrive on Plymouth Rock, and after they made their way over here suffered the consequences of being just plain different.
So it's really incumbent upon us parents to teach our kids to celebrate diversity rather than seeing it as a negative. Unfortunately, if we don't gently cultivate their understanding and appreciation for other cultures early on, it will ultimately affect the type of adults they become. Now which one of us needs that on our conscience?!
And that's where PJ Library remains committed to helping families from their free monthly (and enriching) books for kids of all ages, to their Resources for Quarantined Families and so much more.
Given all going on in the world, here are some Free PJ Library Resources to help parents Inspire Kids to be their best selves
Free PJ Library Resources to help parents Inspire Kids to be their best selves
Right now, even if it feels uncomfortable, it's important for families to talk about race and racism together. PJ Library has put together a hub for resources, offering starting points for parents about how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children.
Thoughtfully broken into categories, parents can access things like “10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids About Race” and “An Anti-Racist Reading List” and follow social media accounts like Embrace Race on Facebook and The Conscious Kid on Instagram; and there are book, podcast and video recommendations for kids under 5 and above 6 years of age.
Now is an opportunity to begin a real honest discussion with your kids about issues of race and tolerance for people who don't look like them physically or who practice different religions.
So maybe this weekend might be a good opportunity to begin a dialogue about race, and prejudice with your children. And to prepare them for these issues which, no matter how open minded and non-judgmental you have taught your children to be, will most certainly arise during their lifetime.
And let's not forget this incredible treasure trove of PJ Library June Books —
Though some may not be going to camp this summer, camp fun is certainly one of the themes of the month with “I Love Camp!” (by Todd Parr, 2-3 Years), “Sadie, Ori and Nuggles Go to Camp” (by Jamie Korngold, 4-5 Years) and “No Baths at Camp” (by Tamar Rice, 5-6 years old). Youngsters will also enjoy tomes on everyone’s favorite leavened bread with “It’s Challah Time” (by Latifa Berry Kropf, 6 mos-2 years) and “This is Challah” (by Sue Hepker (2-3 Years).
Resources for Quarantined Families – While many are starting to enjoy the shelter-at-home restrictions being slowly lifted, PJ Library continues to give families a multitude of reasons to turn on and tune in as communities seek to lower the impact of COVID-19.
The hub just added a “Summer at Home” category offering numerous activities to while away the hours together from “Summer Bingo”and “Have a Living Room Campout” to “Make Your Own Suncatchers” and “15 Boredom Busters for Days When It’s Too Hot to Go Outside”. And PJ Library families in the know continue to throng to their daily Facebook activity schedule, which offers family activities, storytimes and craft-alongs and virtual field trips each and every day. Today, kids have the opportunity to tune in to hear Norman Brodwell, the creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog talk about his canine creation, listen to Eric Carle read his childhood classic “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and a Virtual Visit to a Toy Factory to discover how plastic dinosaurs are made!
We’re all in this together, and PJ Library is there to offer support, knowledge and resources in any and every way possible – and even a sympathetic ear and shoulder to lean on.