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Three Letter Writing Children’s Books

Three Letter Writing children’s book recommendations are by Angela Ferraris, The Retired School Librarian.*

A young girl fern who has green fern hair receiving a letter written with RSVP on the back

The Invitation 

by Stacey May Fowles (Author), Marie Lafrance (Illustrator)

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Groundwood Books
  • Date: 2023
  • Grade: K-3
  • Hardcover picture book‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1773066617

Brief summary: Fern opens her mailbox and pulls out a yellow letter, too worried to open it until her friend, Fawn, encourages her to see what’s inside. It is an invitation to a surprise exhibition, but Fern does not want to go due to all of the things she imagines could go wrong. Fern goes to the museum’s special exhibition with the help of her friends who help tame her anxiety.

Comments: This could be a nice class discussion after reading this aloud. “How can we help someone who we see is afraid?” “What can you do if you have something you are afraid of, like Fern did?”

I would share this with the guidance counselor to read to those students experiencing anxiety.

Rating: 3.5/5 📗📗📗1/2

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A young girl looking out a city window to see if anyone has found her letter written to a stranger

Dear Street

by Lindsay Zier-Vogel (Author), Caroline Bonne-Muller (Illustrator)

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kids Can Press (May 2, 2023)
  • Year: 2023
  • Grade: K-3
  • Hardcover picture book ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1525303104

Brief summary: Alice loves her street, but only some do, making her think of writing a letter about what she loves about it and placing that letter for someone to find. She continues her letter writing whenever she hears someone complaining. Soon, others are too.

Comments: The author created The Love Lettering Project, which encourages people to anonymously write love letters and leave them for strangers to find, spreading the love.

Rating: 3.5/5📗📗📗 1/2

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A young girl holding a ltter writteng to her by her grandma

Close to You from Far Away 

by Erica Root (Author)

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Running Press Kids (April 4, 2023)
  • Year: 2023
  • Grades: K-3
  • Hardcover picture book‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0762481137

Brief summary: Gigi had to move away from her grandmother and misses her terribly. Her grandma tells her, “I’m close to you from far away.” Over the school year, whenever Gigi spoke to her grandma over the phone or when she wrote letters or received letters and packages, she tried to understand this saying.

Comments: I can see this being a lovely read-aloud with the children saying the “I’m close to you from far away” sentence in red capital letters on several pages in the book.

Loved the facial expressions of the grandmother and daughter throughout the book.

Rating: 3.5/5 📗📗📗1/2

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