To Grow More Letter Writers, Just Add Books
April 13, 2013 §
If you are a letter writer who is a) enthusiastic about books and b) interested in encouraging young letter writers (and potential letter writers), this post is for you! Grab your library card–it is safe to assume that most letter writers have library cards in good standing, isn’t it?–and go find these books:
In 1914, classified as a baby chick and under the care of a railway postal clerk who was also her mother’s cousin, five-year-old May was stamped with 53¢ of postage and mailed to her grandmother. Based on a true story.
Will the Great never gets any mail until he takes matters into his own hands. Along the way, he eats a lot of cereal and learns how the postal system works. (Added bonus: there’s a checklist in the back of this book to help you get started creating mail magic of your own.)
In the village of Supai, which is located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, mail is delivered by mule train. Since 1896 skilled muleteers have led mules on the eight mile trip from the top of the canyon to the small village where they deliver mail and other necessities. Based on a true story.
Once you have the books in hand, find your favorite kids and start reading. Have your papers and your pens, your stamps and your stickers at the ready. There’s a good chance that it won’t be long before inspired letters are waiting to be posted.