לֶךְ-לְךָ מֵאַרְצְךָ וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ Though many of us can not get up and leave, go out and explore the world, we can find a way to bring the world to us–through books. Share an adventure with a child. Read a book together and you will discover the world through their eyes.
לֹא-טוֹב הֱיוֹת הָאָדָם לְבַדּוֹ “It is not good that man should be alone.” We need to share our moments of joy, sorrows, hopes and memories. Reading together and telling stories can deepen our understanding and heighten our emotional experience. When we think things through by talking them over we often reach understandings that are harder, if not impossible, to reach on our own.
This new year I will post a variety of children’s pictures books on topics related to the Jewish experience, Israel as well as review picture books written in Hebrew and published in Israel. Picture books are best read when the listener is snuggled up on a lap, tucked under the covers, or sitting close enough to turn the pages to ask, “Why’s that?”