In the age of digital communication, sometimes the happiest sound is the clink of the mail slot and the ensuing thump on the floor. One day each month, that happy delivery is a free book from the PJ Library: an age-appropriate Jewish book just for your child aged 6 months to 8 years. Books like A Hen for Izzy Pippik, How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?, Five Little Gefiltes and hundreds more have been selected by a committee of prominent early-childhood educators and children’s literature experts for your child to enjoy — or for your family to enjoy together.

In partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, PJ Library distributes these books because reading is a vital part of children’s growth, fueling their imaginations, academic success and understanding of how to engage with the world around them. Monthly delivery ensures that Jewish values and traditions will be a part of your children’s development as they begin to use stories to navigate the world. PJ Library welcomes all Jewish families, whatever their background, knowledge, family make-up or observance, and the range of books represent the broad spectrum of today’s Jewish families.

Over 10 million books have been mailed so far throughout the United States and Canada. PJ Library doesn’t stop at books, either. Every December, they send an audio CD focusing on Jewish themes, holidays and traditions, giving your children yet another way to immerse themselves in the joys of language and Judaism.

Did we mention that signing up for PJ Library is totally free? So change into pajamas (that’s the “PJ” in PJ Library), enroll here and get ready to explore this month’s book!