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 year-long subscription. Live outside the US? We have international yearly subscriptions too!


Purchase a yearly Letters for Kids subscription now through the end of June and you’ll receive your choice of either The Luck Uglies or Fork-Tongue Charmers, signed and personalized by the author Paul Durham! Subscribe before June 13 and you’ll receive Paul’s letter too, which goes in the mail June 15!

“By turns funny and heart-stopping. A bona fide page-turner.” –American Library Association Booklist

“Layers, nuance, wit, and a thumping good story make this a must read.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Brisk wordplay, a charming heroine, and a provocative blurring of the border between heroism and villainy.” –Publishers Weekly

Paul’s books have earned praise and awards far and wide, including: American Library Association Notable Children’s Book Award, Cybils Winner (Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards), New York Public Library Title for Reading and Sharing, American Library Association’s Booklist Top Ten First Novel for Youth, A Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year, and Kansas City Star Best Book of the Year.


Already have a subscription? Just extend or convert it to yearly and we’ll send you the book of your choice! Are you a teacher buying for your classroom? We can postpone the start of your subscription until school re-opens!

Make reading part of the summer fun! Click here and subscribe today! When you place your order, be sure to put the child’s name you want the book personalized to in the order notes section.

Please note: Subscriptions must be purchased by June 30, 2016. Due to shipping costs this offer is only available in the US. Books will be shipped after July 15.

Paul Durham, children’s author and teller of fibs, is a novelist who specializes in writing books for young readers and for children of all ages, their parents, and anyone who enjoys a good story. He’s heard from fans around the world—young and old—who have read his books. People seem to like them. Paul was raised in Massachusetts and attended college and law school in Boston. He now lives in New Hampshire with his wife, two daughters and an enormous, bushy creature the local animal shelter identified as a cat. He writes in an abandoned chicken coop at the edge of a swamp and keeps a tiny porcelain frog in his pocket for good luck.

Rumpus_LFK_MailboxSubscribers receive two letters a month written specifically for the program by authors like Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler, Adam Rex, Kerry Madden, Natalie Standiford, Susan Patron, Rebecca Stead, Cecil Castellucci, Dan Gutman, and more. You can view sample letters here and here.

Each letter is a unique creation of the author and different than any other! Some are handwritten, others typed.  Some are illustrated or include hand drawings, doodles or photos. Most are color, some are black and white. It’s hard to say! The letters are signed, scanned, printed and mailed to children around the world!

Most authors include an address so you can write back. Some will even send a personal note to those children that write them. But we can’t guarantee it. We can’t control these people. Some of them live in the woods!

Missed your favorite author’s letter? Need a letter on a particular topic or subject matter for classroom discussion? We are now offering past letters available for individual sale!

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?).


You can read reviews of Letters for Kids at The Simple Moms, Momma’s Bacon, Shooting Stars Magazine, Nancy, and Dr. Psych Mom.

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).