Ilana Hanai, daughter of Sara and Ramin Hanai, will be helping select books for other children to read through the PJ Library program. She was chosen late last year to be on the PJ Our Way National Design team.
You could say PJ Library runs in the family, since mom Sara is the former coordinator of the Nashville PJ Library program.
Ilana, 10, was selected by the Massachusetts-based Harold Grinspoon Foundation to join the national PJ Our Way Design Team. The program is also made possible in Nashville through the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
Currently in its fifth year, the PJ Our Way program is the next chapter of the highly successful Jewish outreach program, PJ Library. PJ Our Way offers children ages 9-11 a choice of Jewish-themed books and a safe website to upload reviews, videos and blogs.
Ilana and 11 other team members from across America have early access to books and create content including videos and reviews. Together the team interviews authors, participates in workshops and leads the conversation among their peers.
To apply for the team, Ilana read and reviewed two books, “The Private Notebook of Katie Roberts, Age 11 by Amy Hest, and “Penina Levine is a Potato Pancake” by Rebecca O’Connell.
Ilana likes to write and she looks forward to seeing new books and checking them out for other readers. •