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!
You 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 OK, there’s still something of the kid left. And if you’re sixty, well… OK. 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?).
When you subscribe you’ll be asked first for your shipping address. This is where you put the name and address of the person the letter should go to. On the next page you’ll be asked for your billing address. You’ll have to fill out both, even if they’re the same.
SUMMER READING PROMOTION! Keep the kids reading all summer! Purchase a yearly LFK subscription now through June, and you’ll receive a copy of Paul Durham’s The Luck Uglies! And Paul will not only sign the book but personalize it too! Click here to read Paul’s Letter for Kids.
Already have a yearly subscription? Extend it for a year and receive the book! Already have a monthly subscription? Convert it to yearly and receive the book!
You must purchase your yearly subscription before the end of June to receive this special promotion. When you place your order, be sure to put the child’s name and ship-to address for the book in the order notes section.
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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).