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National Letter Writing Week

Guest Author - Paula Laurita

Celebrate letters and connect books to personal writing.

Many people have bemoaned the decrease in letter writing. They argue that when we sit and put pen to paper, we think more clearly about what we want to say. This thoughtfulness is often lost in email or telephone calls. Help your patrons clarify their thoughts with these activities and books.

Activity

  • Write a letter to a fictional pen pal. These letters are self-introductions. What do the writers most want to say about themselves and their lives?
  • Have patrons write a letter asking for advice, from the point of view of a fictional character. These "Dear Abby" letters should be based upon action in the book.
  • Write to elected officials asking for support for library funding, continued funding of digital databases, Title V funds, etc.
  • Write a friendly letter to a service member stationed overseas. You can find names of soldiers who don't receive much mail at Books For Soldiers.

Books

Dear Peter Rabbit, by Alma Flor Ada & Leslie Tryon
When Peter Rabbit is invited to a housewarming party by one of the Three Little Pigs, a behind-the-scenes adventure begins to unfold. This collection of previously unseen letters from the land of make-believe offers us a rare and fresh glimpse into the lives of well-loved characters. Along the way, Goldilocks makes a much happier return visit to the Bears' house, finds Peter Rabbit's lost jacket, and befriends Little Red Riding Hood. This delightful tale of interconnecting friendships, written by Alma Flor Ada and enhanced by Leslie Tryon's detailed and engaging pictures, is sure to warm the hearts of young and old alike.

Love Letters, by Arnold Adoff & Lisa Desimini
A packet of poems that exudes affection and humor. Imaginative collages ensure that each heartfelt message is artfully delivered. Perfect for upper elementary and intermediate students.

The Dove's Letter, by Keith Baker
After finding a beautiful letter someone has left behind, a dove searches for the letter’s owner and touches the very heart of what it means to love and be loved.

A Letter to Amy, by Ezra Jack Keats
Peter wants to invite Amy to his birthday party but he wants it to be a surprise.

Posterity : Letters of Great Americans to Their Children, by Dorie McCullough Lawson
With letters that span more than three centuries of American history, Posterity is a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts, wisdom, and family lives of those whose public accomplishments have touched us all. Here are renowned Americans in their own words and in their own times, seen as they were seen by their children. Here are our great Americans as mothers and fathers.

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