Five Ways to Start Letter Writing This Summer!

The Kids Are All Write: Five Ways to Start Letter Writing This Summer!

By Jamie Nanfara

Getting a reluctant writer to write at home can be difficult, especially when summer means frolicking through sprinklers and slurping down ice pops! Writing is most meaningful when it has a purpose, and what better purpose is there than writing a letter to someone? Not only will letter writing keep literacy skills fresh over the summer, the anticipation of a reply will build excitement! Here are five ways to start writing letters this summer!

Write to your favorite authors

Many children’s book authors list their mailing address on their website. They welcome fan mail and may even reply!  

Write to your friends

Everybody has one friend that they wish they could see more often. Maybe they live far away or maybe your busy schedules keep you apart. Surprise them with a hand written note! Everyone loves receiving mail!

Find a pen pal

Reach out to your local organizations like scouts, religious groups, or sports teams to find someone who is interested in corresponding through mail. Also, ask friends and family members if they know anyone living abroad who would like to participate.

Write to family members

Is Aunt Sally begging for a recent picture? Grandma says you don’t call enough? Send a note to those who love (and miss) you most. They are the most likely to send a reply!

Create your own invitations and thank you cards

Store-bought invitations can be expensive, impersonal, and boring! Why not make your own? Get creative! If your party consists of 10 or more guests, hand write one invitation and photocopy it (or suffer serious hand cramps!). The same goes for thank you cards!

Need some inspiration? Check out these great picture books to help get your letter writing ideas flowing.

  Dear Dragon - Letter WritingDear Dragon
Written by Josh Funk, illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group

The Day The Crayons Quit Cover - Letter Writing

The Day The Crayons Quit
Written by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Published by Philomel Books

The Day The Crayons Came Home Cover - Letter Writing

The Day The Crayons Came Home
Written by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Published by Philomel Books

The Gardener - Letter Writing The Gardener
Written by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small
Published by Square Fish

I Wanna New Room - Letter Writing I Wanna New Room
Written by Karen Kaufman Orloff, illustrated by David Catrow
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

I Wanna Iguana - Letter Writing I Wanna Iguana
Written by Karen Kaufman Orloff, illustrated by David Catrow
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type - Letter WritingClick, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Written by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Published by Simon & Schuster

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ABOUT JAMIE NANFARA

Jamie Nanfara PhotoJamie Nanfara is an elementary school teacher and freelance writer. In addition to creating content for KidLit TV’s website, she is an active member of SCBWI and is currently querying her first picture book.  She has an MA in Teaching and is passionate about children’s literature and the role it plays in supporting the social and academic growth of her students. When Jamie’s not teaching or writing for children she is looking for adventure and laughing at the silly antics of her husband and daughter.

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5 Comments

Kid Lit TV Commenter Jennifer Wallace

Absolutely love this article because as a mother of four I can definitely relate! Thank you for the awesome recommendations! I already know my kids will love these books!!

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Ali Tomlinson

Awesome recommendations. My 7yr old has just sent off his first correspondence & illustration aboard to his Aunt in the US Air Force. “The day the crayons guit,” was a relatable encouraging read. Thank you!

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Jamie Nanfara

That is great to hear! I’m sure his Aunt will enjoy reading the letter when it arrives!

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Kid Lit TV Commenter writersideup

Jamie, these are great book selections to feed inspiration :D I just LOVE the idea of getting kids (and adults) to hand write letters :D

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