Books Told Through Letters

When was the last time you wrote a letter? It’s true that email and text allows you to send a message instantly to another person, but there is something personal and exciting about receiving a physical letter in the mail. While we are social distancing, writing and sending letters through the mail is a great way to connect with friends and loved ones.

Below are books for all ages told through letters. Some of the characters write letters to friends and family, some write to people they miss, and some write letters to people they hope to meet. Some of the letters are serious and some are very silly. I hope these books inspire the next letter you write.

Picture Books
The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers

Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin
by Duncan Tonatiuh

XO, OX: A Love Story
by Adam Rex

I Wanna New Room
by Karen Kaufman Orloff

Middle Grade
Dear Mr. Henshaw
by Beverly Cleary

Same Sun Here
by Neela Vaswani & Silas House

Young Adult
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky

Peace, Locomotion
by Jacqueline Woodson

So Totally Emily Ebers
by Lisa Yee

Dear Rachel Maddow
by Adrienne Kisner


Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We Need to Talk About Kevin
by Lionel Shriver

The Color Purple
by Alice Walker

~Anna Coats, Head of Youth Services


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