In a move timed to coincide with Children’s Book Week— at 90 years of age, the nation’s oldest literary event — ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications has announced the introduction of Jewish Children’s Book Month.
According to Rabbi Gedaliah Zlotowitz, vice president of Artscroll, the Jewish-themed literary event will, like its broader literary counterpart, be held every year and will feature related programs designed to get kids excited about books and reading. “Children’s Book Week was conceived as a way to introduce children to the pleasure and value of reading,” observes Rabbi Zlotowitz. “Jewish Children’s Book Month shares that goal but has the additional objective of introducing Jewish children around the country to the many wonderful books out there that speak to their own culture and traditions.”
With a wide selection of book titles for children, ages three through twelve, Artscroll makes it easy for parents to choose just the right Jewish book for every young bookworm or soon-to-be bookworm in the family. Encompassing a wide array of picture books, individual chapter books and books in a series – many by award-winning authors and illustrators – Artscroll’s offerings feature Jewish characters who, through thrilling adventures or humorous escapades, manage to learn and teach important lessons.
“Experts agree that when it comes to getting a child hooked on reading—books themselves are the very best motivators,” Rabbi Zlotowitz points out.
With summer vacation just weeks away, he notes, it is especially important to stock up on quality reading material for kids. “Studies have clearly shown that children who read during the summer months do much better in the following school year. But there’s a lot of competition for our children’s leisure hours in the summer. Keeping a collection of wholesome, entertaining and age-appropriate books around the house helps ensure that a child will set aside time for reading every day. “
Iin honor of Jewish Children’s Book Month, Artscroll is offering a 30% discount on all its children’s books. Says Rabbi Zlotowitz, “The key to ensuring that your children make reading an enjoyable and meaningful part of their summer experience is just a click away.”
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