Postage Stamp 1972
Postage Stamp 1972



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Letter Writing
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History of the Postcard


Letter Writing

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Dear Mr. Blueberry. Simon James. Aladdin, 1996. A young girl writes letters to her teacher about the whale she finds living in her backyard pool.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. Doreen Cronin. Illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Little Simon, 2001. In this award-winning book, the cows find a typewriter and write letters to Farmer Brown requesting changes to conditions on the farm.

Dear Tyrannosaurs Rex. Lisa McClatchy. Illustrated by John Sanders. Scholastic, 2014. A young girl writes a letter to invite a dinosaur to her sixth birthday party.

A Letter to Amy. Ezra Jack Keats. Puffin Books Reprint, 2010.


Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin. Duncan Tonatiuh. Henry N. Abrams, 2010


The Jolly Postman. Janet and Allan Ahlberg. LB Kids, 2001


Letters to a Young Scientist. Edward O. Wilson. Liveright, 2014

King and Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code. Dori Hillestad Butler. Illustrated by Nancy Meyers. Peachtree Publishers, 2017. A letter arrives at the front door with Kayla's name on it, but with the letters and vowels mixed in strange ways. Kayla cannot read what the words say, but her dog, King, knows who wrote the letter. Can King help Kayla solve the mystery and learn the code to read the words?

First Postage Stamp, 1847
First Postage Stamp, 1847

History of the U.S. Post Office


Transportation in America's Postal System

The Storied History of the United States Post Office, Time Magazine


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Denver Mountain Parks Postcard, 1918
Denver Mountain Parks Postcard, 1918

History of the Postcard


**Postcard History** from Smithsonian Institution

History of the Picture Postcards
  • Deltiology is the name for postcard collecting
    • Government of Austria issued the first postcard, October 1, 1869
      • U.S. Pos Office Department issued first card, May 13, 1873
        • 677 million postcards were mailed in the fiscal year ending in 1908 even though the entire U.S. population was less than 89 million

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Postagram, an app that lets you create postcards from Instagram pictures

Japanese stamp, 1958
Japanese stamp, 1958


Screen Shot 2017-02-24 at 12.30.24 PM.pngLink to Teaching Letter Writing with Children's Books from the website, Books Kids Love.