PJ Library Chicago

Booklist and Reading Guide

Want to know what books your family will be receiving? Do you want additional resources for talking with your kids about the Jewish holidays, Jewish values and Jews around the world? Click on the age group/book categories below to learn more. Please know that while some selections remain from year to year, others are swapped out to make room for great new selections!

*Important information about selecting the right book category for your family:

Is there only one child age 6 months - 6 years in your family? Just enter your child's birthday on the registration form and we'll send your child books and music that are appropriate for his/her age.

Are there multiple children in your family under the age of 6? Great! We will still need you to enter your children's birthdays into the registration form and we will need you to select one of the book categories below. Learn more about selecting a book category that meets the needs of your family.

Sample Books

Apples & Honey/Age 1 Books
Simple pictures and concepts, often in the form of sturdy board books

Hanukkah Lights, By David Martin

Hanukkah Lights, By David Martin

Bagels & Lox/Age 2 Books
Books with eye-catching illustrations, predictable language and action

26 Big Things Small Hands Do, By Coleen Paratore
26 Big Things Small Hands Do, By Coleen Paratore

Challah Toast/Age 3 Books
Slightly longer stories with predictable plots and more detailed illustrations

Sammy Spider's First Shavuot, By Sylvia Rouss
Sammy Spider's First Shavuot, By Sylvia Rouss

Dates & Almonds/Age 4 Books
Longer stories with more mature vocabulary and character development

Too Many Cooks, By Edie Stoltz Zolkower
Too Many Cooks, By Edie Stoltz Zolkower

Egg Matzah/Age 5 Books
More nuanced stories including fantasy, folktales, Bible stores, and realistic fiction connecting to children's daily lives

The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes, By Linda Glaser
The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes, By Linda Glaser

Falafel/Age 6 Books
Imaginative storylines imbued with rich language; featuring folklore and tales from different time periods

Benjamin and the Silver Goblet, By Jacqueline Jules
Benjamin and the Silver Goblet, By Jacqueline Jules

 Gefilte Fish/Age 7 Books
Imaginative storylines imbued with rich language; featuring folklore and tales from different time periods

Let My People Go!, By Tilda Balsley 
Let My People Go

Hamantashen/Age 8 Books
Increasingly complex stories with plots that twist and turn; some with picture-book biographies and engaging historical fiction

All-of-a-Kind Family, By Sydney Taylor 
All of a Kind Family