Best Kids Books About Letter writing

10 Kids Books About Letter writing

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
The Jolly Postman book
#1
The Jolly Postman
Written by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by Janet Ahlberg, Allan Ahlberg
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

This gorgeously illustrated, full-color classic celebrates a time before email by depicting amusing correspondence between fairy tale and Mother Goose characters. What could possibly be in a letter from Goldilocks to the Three Bears? Who would write to the Wicked Witch? Open this book, take out the letters, and discover what favorite characters would write to each other--and reimagine best-loved tales together.

Can I Be Your Dog?/Troy Cummings book
#2
Can I Be Your Dog?/Troy Cummings
Written and illustrated by Troy Cummings
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A dog looking for a home sends letters to prospective owners on Butternut Street, with surprising results.

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles book
#3
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles
Written by Michelle Cuevas and illustrated by Erin E. Stead
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles has a job of the utmost importance. It is his task to open any bottle found at sea and make sure that the message is delivered. He loves his job, although he always wishes that one of the letters would someday be addressed to him. Then one day he finds a bottle with the most intriguing note inside, and no name attached. As he devotes himself to the mystery, he ends up finding what his heart wanted all along."

From Here to There book
#4
From Here to There
Written by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Christiane Engel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Here and There are so similar they're practically twins. But they could never play together because Here is always here and There is always there, so they become pen pals and write to each other all the time. One day, There gets an idea that could change the distance between them forever.

Write to Me book
#5
Write to Me
Written by Cynthia Grady and illustrated by Amiko Hirao
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"Dear Miss Breed . . ." A touching story about Japanese American children who corresponded with their beloved librarian while they were imprisoned in World War II internment camps. When Executive Order 9066 is enacted after the attack at Pearl Harbor, children's librarian Clara Breed's young Japanese American patrons are to be sent to prison camp. Before they are moved, Breed asks the children to write her letters and gives them books to take with them. Through the three years of their internment, the children correspond with Miss Breed, sharing their stories, providing feedback on books, and creating a record of their experiences. Using excerpts from children's letters held at the Japanese American National Museum, author Cynthia Grady presents a difficult subject with honesty and hope.

I'll Love You for Always book
#6
I'll Love You for Always
Written by Peter Hinckley and illustrated by Lu Green
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Nothing can stop your love from reaching your child, and in I’ll Love You for Always, that love is always on hand in the form of six beautiful notes that you can write straight in the book! As a young child travels through life’s peaks and valleys, sunshine and shadow, colorful love birds appear carrying six different notes of love and reassurance. Some notes fold out from the pages, some are tucked in envelopes, and all of them include simple prompts that invite parents to write heartfelt expressions that will be treasured for years to come. The perfect I-love-you book for bedtime, birthdays, celebrations, and even grown-up graduations, I’ll Love You for Always is a timeless gift your children will cherish long past childhood.

Abuela's Special Letters book
#7
Abuela's Special Letters
Written by Jacqueline Jules and illustrated by Kim Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Sofia is on a mission to make a family time capsule. The whole family contributes pictures and special items. Abuela even writes a letter to each of her grandchildren to be opened in fifteen years. Can Sofia really wait fifteen years to find out what that letter says? Adorable art, a table of contents, writing prompts, discussion questions, and an English/Spanish glossary are all included in this early chapter book.

Tea with Oliver book
#8
Tea with Oliver
Written and illustrated by Mika Song
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Oliver the cat is looking for a friend to have tea with, little does he know that under the couch his future best friend, Philbert the mouse is trying to meet him. Filled with humor and heart and brought to life with gorgeous watercolor-and-ink illustrations, this book from debut author-illustrator Mika Song shows readers how friends can come in all shapes and sizes and be found in the most unexpected places.

Dear Santa, I Know it Looks Bad, But it Wasn't My Fault book
#9
Dear Santa, I Know it Looks Bad, But it Wasn't My Fault
Written by Norma Lewis and illustrated by Olivia Beckman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

In a series of letters to Santa, Scalawag the cat explains his recent misadventures, including an incident involving a small house fire, a visit from the paramedics, and broken Christmas tree ornaments.

Alphabeasts book
#10
Alphabeasts
Written and illustrated by Maree Coote
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A brand new collection of illustrations by this award-winning illustrator. Every image is a typographic portrait of each animal subject, created using only the letters of each animal's name. Remarkable likenesses and body language. A great way to learn the alphabet, improve spelling, letter-recognition and observation, and discover typography and design.

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