Letters for Kids

Letters for Kids fosters a love of reading and writing! We’ve been sending letters from authors to kids around the world since 2012! It’s great for children 6–12, classrooms and libraries. You can subscribe monthly or get a year-long subscription. Live outside the US? We have an international subscription too!

Rumpus_LFK_MailboxYou or your child will get two letters a month written by authors like Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler, Adam Rex, Kerry Madden, Natalie Standiford, Susan Patron, Rebecca Stead, Cecil Castellucci, and more. You can view sample letters here and here.

Some of the letters will be illustrated. Some will be written by hand. Some will be in color; some will be in black and white. It’s hard to say! We’ll copy the letters, fold them, put them in an envelope, put a first class stamp on the envelope, and send the letters to you (or your child—it’s up to you who to put in the shipping address).

Many of the authors will include a mailing address on their letter so you can write back. But we can’t guarantee it. We can’t control these people. Some of them live in the woods.

You might be wondering why The Rumpus is doing something for a younger audience. Is it because we ourselves are getting older? Probably not. We can only respond with one of our favorite quotes from Dave Eggers, one of the founders of 826: “The wind knows nothing, don’t flatter her with your questions.”

Anyway, this is fun. Six is pretty much the perfect age to start checking your mailbox. And if you’ve waited until you were ten, well, you’re four years behind but still, it’s not too late. And if you’re sixteen, that’s okay, there’s still something of the kid left. And if you’re sixty, well… okay. You’re young at heart—or you may be interested in our Letters in the Mail program for adults.

Letters for Kids will be managed by the talented and mysterious YA author Cecil Castellucci, our Children’s Correspondence Coordinator (didn’t know we had one of those, did you?).


And, 6-month gift subscriptions are now available through the holiday season!

You can read reviews of Letters for Kids here, here, here, here, and here.

Find profiles of Rumpus Letters on MSNBC, CBS’s This Morning with Charlie Rose, Huffington Post, and USA Today.

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We have an e-newsletter! It will have words from some of your kids! It will have artwork from some of your kids! It will have lots of other stuff, too. It’s fun and it’s free! Sign up here! (This is a free e-newsletter not to be confused with the actual subscription which is a physical letter from a children’s author).