Letters for Kids


If You Come to Earth is a glorious guide to our home planet, and a call for us to take care of both Earth and each other, from two-time Caldecott winner author and illustrator Sophie Blackall! This stunning picture book is inspired by the thousands of children Sophie Blackall has met during her travels around the world in support of UNICEF and Save the Children.

Through February 28, 2021, purchase a six-month Letters for Kids subscription and we’ll send you your own copy of If You Come to Earth* signed by the author and illustrator Sophie Blackall! Already have a monthly subscription? Just extend or convert it to a six-month subscription and we’ll send you the book! Or, gift a subscription and the book to a classroom, library, or another special child in your life!

“[E]xquisite… Magnificent… [D]azzling… [If You Come to Earth] is a book that can be shared with strangers, visitors, friends old and new—a work in which differences build to reveal an inclusive human family on a single, precious planet.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[V]ivid, delicate, and precise, Blackall composes intricate spreads that express the vast diversity of the planet… As a two-time Caldecott winner, [she] is deservedly celebrated, and here she pairs her accomplished artwork with a story children will want to read and a message that resonates. [If You Come to Earth] is one to take your time with, savor, and share with others.” – Booklist, starred review

“It’s far and away the best work she’s done… No detail escapes Blackall’s attention, though; close reading is richly rewarded… Though its scope is expansive, If You Come to Earth feels, in the end, intimate.” – New York Times

Sophie Blackall is the New York Times best-selling, two-time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator of numerous picture books, including Ruby’s Wish, Hello Lighthouse, Finding Winnie, and the Ivy and Bean series. Working with Unicef and Save the Children, she met thousands of kids around the world who helped inspired the book If You Come to Earth (September 2020, Chronicle Books), a letter from a child to a visitor from outer space, explaining the world. She grew up in Australia but now divides her time between Brooklyn, and Hobart, New York.

Photograph of Sophie Blackall by Sonya Sones.

*Offer valid while supplies last. Due to shipping costs, this offer is only available for US subscriptions.

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, educators, classrooms, and libraries. You can subscribe monthly or purchase a 6-month subscription for extra savings. Live outside the US? We offer an international 6-month subscription, too! And remember, Letters for Kids helps us keep The Rumpus running—so, your children can correspond with their favorite writers and you’ll support the website in one fell swoop. Rest assured, all letters are age-appropriate and written for children.

Subscribers receive two letters a month written specifically for the program by authors like Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler, Kerry Madden, Rebecca Stead, Cecil Castellucci, Lisa Yee, Dan Gutman, Meg Medina, Henry Lien, Susan Muaddi Durraj, 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 drawings, doodles, or photos. The letters are signed by hand, scanned, printed, and mailed to children around the world. Every author include an address so you can write back, and 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!

Letters for Kids is a wonderful teaching tool for classrooms, libraries, and educators that can help to meet multiple Common Core goals—like reading of literature and informational texts; developing and strengthening writing by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach; and learning conventions of standard English.

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.” But really, we love kids and we love reading and writing. So, we want help provide them with the tools required to grow up and become lifelong readers, and to create an early interest in books and writing.

Letters for Kids 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 is managed by Rosiee Thor, our awesome Children’s Correspondence Coordinator!

HOLIDAY NOTE: All subscriptions purchased on or after November 25 will begin on January 1, 2021. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.


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

Find profiles of Rumpus Letters from the United States Postal Service, Huffington Post, and USA Today.

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