Letters for Kids

BOOK GIVEAWAY! MAKE READING PART OF THE SUMMER FUN WITH MR. COOPER IS SUPER!

This school is the weirdest! Mr. Granite is leaving! That means there’s going to be a new third-grade teacher. But Mr. Cooper is even weirder than Mr. Granite. He thinks the best way to teach is to come to school disguised as a superhero. What happens when a real superhero is needed? Will Mr. Cooper protect the school from evil, or just embarrass it to death?

Keep the kids reading all summer long! Purchase a one-year Letters for Kids subscription through June 30th and we’ll send your favorite young bookworm their own copy of Mr. Cooper Is Super! signed by the awesome author Dan Gutman!*

Already have a subscription? Just extend or convert it to yearly and we’ll send you the book! Or gift it and the book to a classroom, library, or another special child in your life! Subscribe today!

Dan Gutman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Genius Files series; the Baseball Card Adventure series, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies around the world; and the My Weird School series, which has sold more than twelve million copies. Thanks to his many fans who voted in their classrooms, Dan has received nineteen state book awards and ninety-two state book award nominations. He lives in New York City with his wife, Nina. You can visit him online at dangutman.com.

*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 get year-long subscription. Live outside the US? We have international monthly and  one-year subscriptions, 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, 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, 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 Jessica Vitalis, our awesome Children’s Correspondence Coordinator!

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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.

Any questions, customer service, or if you just want to say hello, please contact [email protected].

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