Meet Dasha!

Last week was pretty exciting for me and my family, as I officially went from being a PJ Library mum to joining the UK professional team to work with Russian, French, and Hebrew speaking parents! My three children have been receiving PJ Library books since it first launched here in 2015 and have always been fans of the stories and music.

I am originally from Moscow. When we moved to the UK, I was amazed how many letters were sent to my neighbours every day, official and personal. My kids were a bit lonely not receiving anything for some time, like most children these days. PJ changed this completely! They can’t wait for their post to be delivered each month. It is precious for them, and they cherish the books.

I was fascinated by the concept of PJ Library and really appreciate how the books simplify the preparations for major festivals. I enjoy reading the books to my kids - and they enjoy reading them in their spare time too. Sometimes I am curious how my kids know some new interesting facts about Judaism, but it usually turns out that they come from PJ books. We created a special space on our bookshelves especially for PJ.

We are working now on a programme which will deliver interesting children’s events in Russian, planning coffee mornings and garden parties. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or would like to take part in, or host, an event. I would love to hear from you!

Top PJ books for my family:

On a Beam of Light

I love how this story about Einstein celebrates the importance of asking questions!

The Language of Angels

My daughter Hannah loved learning about Ben Yehudah and how Hebrew become a modern language.

Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride

My son Jacob loved preparing for the New Year with this train story set in Israel.

Chicken Man

A fun Kibbutz-based story which my son Isaac could read again and again and again…