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Letters are kind of old-fashioned; e-mail is quicker and a regular part of our lives now. But there's something special about a letter and the time it takes for it to be written, put a stamp on it, and get the letter to its recipient. Share letters real and imagined in the pages of these books. Meet grand exaggerators and characters that live only in fairy tales. Watch a girl grow and a boy show just how special his friend is to him. Find out how the mail really gets where it's going and more as you read the suggested titles below.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

A Letter to Amy

By: Ezra Keats
Illustrated by: Ezra Keats
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Peter finds a special way to invite Amy, the only girl and a singular friend, to his birthday party. But the wind catches his letter just as he puts it in the mailbox. Keats' well-liked character (first introduced in A Snowy Day) is back for another everyday drama.

Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type

By: Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin
Illustrated by: Betsy Lewin
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

With Duck as mediator, the cows type a letter to Farmer Brown requesting electric blankets. The letter-writing — and negotiations — continue to a funny and unexpected ending.

Dear Annie

By: Judith Caseley
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Annie's grandfather letters to her started when she was born and continues as Annie grows. The loving relationship and Annie's increasing maturity is chronicled in this attractive and engaging book.

Dear Mr. Blueberry

By: Simon James
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

At the start of summer, Emily discovers a whale in her pond and immediately writes to her teacher for further information. Humor and fantasy combine for a memorable whale of a tale!

Detective LaRue: Letters from the Investigation

By: Mark Teague
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ike LaRue, famous correspondent (introduced in Dear Mrs. LaRue) known by readers as a four-legged letter writer with a flair for exaggeration now turns to solving the mysterious disappearance of neighborhood cats.

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank You Notes

By: Peggy Gifford
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Moxy tends to put off things that she considers a chore — so writing thank you notes for Christmas presents is definitely something to avoid. Readers of all ages are likely to see themselves in this satisfying novel.

Ramona's World

By: Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray
Illustrated by: Tracy Dockray
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ramona, now starting 4th grade, gets a teacher who is a stickler for proper spelling. Ramona is propelled into writing a letter when she finds an error in an advertisement — all with the verve and humor readers expect of Ramona.

The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters

By: Allan Ahlberg
Illustrated by: Janet Ahlberg
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Join a chubby cheeked mail carrier as he delivers letters to well known characters from recognized tales — such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears — then turn the page and read each humorous note.

The Post Office Book: Mail and How It Moves

By: Gail Gibbons
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

From mailbox to homes, the process of handling mail is introduced in Gibbons' signature style illustrations and crisp text in this brief but informative book.

Yours Truly, Goldilocks

By: Alma Flor Ada
Illustrated by: Leslie Tryon
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

What happens when the well known three pigs try to plan a party? Readers will find out as they read a series of very funny illustrated letters between characters right off the pages of familiar tales.

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