Letters for Kids


Kate has trouble believing in magic, especially since the people she loves keep leaving her. But when Grammy tells her the three rules of everyday magic—believe, give, and trust—Kate can’t resist believing, at least a little.

Everyday magic works—not always in the ways you think it will, but it’s what Kate needs as she confronts friendship trouble, her parents’ divorce, and Grammy’s dementia in this lyrical middle-grade coming-of-age novel for fans of Half a Chance and The Same Stuff as Stars.

“Narrated in Kate’s quiet first-person voice, the book is divided into three parts, one for each rule… Reading cultivates empathy. This should do the trick.” – Kirkus Reviews

Purchase a yearly Letters for Kids subscription by September 30 and we’ll send you your own hardcover copy of The Three Rules of Everyday Magic signed by the author Amanda Rawson Hill!

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

Make reading magical! Subscribe today!

Amanda Rawson Hill grew up in Southwest Wyoming with a library right out her back gate (which accounts a lot for how she turned out.) She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Brigham Young University and now resides in Central California with her husband, three kids, a bulldog, and a cat who is still mad about the acquisition of the dog. You can visit Amanda at her website www.amandarawsonhill.com.

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

Photograph of Amanda Rawson Hill © Joelle Leder Photography.

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  yearly 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!



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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