Because when you find a good series your child likes, you’re set for awhile (or at least a week).
March 13. The chocolate pretzels and gummy bears were still piled up in boxes in the living room, surrounded by the remainders of mishloach manos ribbons and wrappings. It was erev Shabbos, and I had plenty to do after finishing work at 1:30. But there were mild rumblings in the air – would the schools really be closing soon? If they did, I knew my kids would be bored – so I made a quick trip to my nearby library. I knew it didn’t have a big selection, but I just wanted to grab some books for the short term. Next week, I thought, I’ll go to a bigger branch and do a proper pick-up.
Only “next week” brought an unanticipated and unheard-of horror: the shuttering of that hallowed institution, the N.Y. public libraries.
In our household, a lack of books is nothing short of a disaster. Our bookshelves are a revolving door of a wide variety of books, all free courtesy of Mr. DeBlasio and his crew. If someone is bored, or lonely, or wants to relax, the answer is always – go read a book! After digging up some old favorites, and reading and re-reading the library loans, it was time to reach for a last resort: actually spending money to buy (!) books that we could no longer do without.
Of course, the book selection process is vastly more complicated when you can’t hold a book in your hand and check through it for appropriateness for your kids. (Which is why we created the kosherbooks.org, more info below).
You can also try out the Libby app to “borrow” e-books from your local library that you can read on a computer or device.
So here are some suggestions for series for various ages and stages. And hey, while you’re on the site, you can search by grade level and rating to find more books to keep your kids engaged, happy – and off the screen.
11 Series to Check Out for Your Kids
Please go to kosherbooks.org to read series description and individual book descriptions before making a decision for your child.