Letters for Kids

Don’t Miss Our Fall Promotion! Go Back to School with Coyote Moon!

As you hunt for back-to-school supplies, so does a suburban coyote hunt under moonlit skies in a quest to feed her family. Purchase a yearly subscription to Letters for Kids and we’ll send you your own hardcover copy of the nonfiction picture book Coyote Moon, beautifully illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline and signed by the awesome author Maria Gianferrari!

Subscribing for a classroom, homeschool, or library? Let us know, and we’ll send you the Educator’s Guide, designed to reflect Common Core standards for English Language Arts & Literacy.

“Quietly poetic text and show-stopping artwork create a tense account of a coyote’s nocturnal search for food.” –Publisher’s Weekly

“’Yip-yip-yip-yip!’ indeed, for this sympathetic portrayal of a not-often-celebrated creature who shares our world.” –Kirkus Starred Review

“Simple text and remarkable artwork make this a great selection for read-alouds and parent-child bonding.” –School Library Journal Starred Review

Coyote MoonCoyote Moon is a Fall 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection and was the recipient of a Letter of Commendation from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) for the Barbara Karlin Grant in 2010.

Subscribe before the end of August and you’ll also receive Maria’s letter, which goes in the mail September 1!

Already have a subscription? Just extend or convert it to yearly and we’ll send you Coyote Moon! Makes a great gift for a classroom or personal library!

Subscription must be purchased by September 30, 2016. Offer available while supplies last. Due to shipping costs this offer is only available in the US. Books will be shipped in October.

Maria writes both fiction and nonfiction picture books from her sunny, book-lined study in northern Virginia, with dog, Becca as her muse. Maria’s debut picture book, Penny & Jelly: The School Show, illustrated by Thyra Heder, was released in 2015 (HMH Books for Young Readers). A second Penny & Jelly book, titled Penny & Jelly Slumber Under the Stars, was released in June 2016. Maria has five additional books forthcoming from Roaring Brook and Boyds Mills Presses as well as Aladdin Books for Young Readers in the coming years. To learn more about Maria, visit her on her website, on Facebook, and on Instagram. You can also visit Penny & Jelly at their website.

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!

Subscribers 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).