The joy of receiving “snail mail” will never get old. In a world full of technology, there is something so special about receiving something tangible in the mail that you can hold and keep forever. My toddlers are at an age where they are fascinated by it. Sometimes they wait by the window for our mail woman to come in anticipation and then rush out to the mailbox to see what she left. My little guy even loves to pretend to write notes and then pretend to deliver them himself. Below are some books that feature mail that are particular favorites of ours. We hope you and the mail obsessed kiddos in your life love them too.
“I Wrote You a Note” by Lizi Boyd- In this book a little girl writes a note that is assisted in delivery by a myriad of animal friends. The illustrations are darling and the text is simple and sweet.
“Mr. Postmouse Takes a Trip” by Marianne Dubuc- We absolutely loved Mr. Postmouse’s Rounds so when we found out there was a sequel we knew we had to get it. We love this one just as much. It is full of all those creative and detailed animal homes that we love Marianne for and that never fail to make us smile.
“Crocodile Tears” by Andre Francois- This is a new printing of a lovely french book from the 1950’s and it is fabulous! The format of the book is small and long and comes in its own “packaging” box. The story explains a proposed idea of where the term “crocodile tears” got it’s meaning (which centers around a crocodile being collected from the Nile and mailed via post) . Such a unique one to add to your collection.
“Too Many Moose” by Lisa M Bakos and Mark Chambers- It is about a little girl named Martha who wants a pet, but when she goes through her options, they all just seem too dull. That is, all of them except a moose! So she orders one and it comes by mail. They have so much fun together going to movies and getting manicures that she figures that if one moose is so great, then more must be better! So she orders another and another and another until she learns the valuable lesson that sometimes, more is not always better.
“It Came in the Mail” by Ben Clantoon- In this story a little boy writes a letter to his mail box and asks for a special delivery. Soon all sorts of fun surprises start arriving including a real, fire breathing dragon! In the end he learns that while receiving many gifts is wonderful, sending gifts is just as wonderful, if not more so.
“Pen Pals” by Alexandra Pichard- This story is told through a correspondence of letters between two pen pals who happen to be an ant and an octopus. Reading their letters to each other is so much fun and their friendship is endearing.
“I Wanna Iguana” by Karen Kaufman Orloff- This is an older one, but it is so good! It is about a little boy who badly wants an iguana so he writes a series of letters to his mom to try and convince him that he should have one. The story is told through their letters back and forth and is a great introduction to persuasive writing.
“Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School” by Mark Teague- This is another story told through persuasive letters and one that I loved sharing with my students when I was teaching. It is about a dog who is sent off to obedience school and while it is quite a pleasant place he writes home to tell his owner (Mrs. LaRue) that it is horrible in an effort to come home because he misses her. Such a fun one that is always good for a little chuckle.
“Click Clack Moo” by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin- This book has basically become a classic in it’s own right. It is beloved for its humor and creative concept. It tells of a farm where the cows get ahold of a typewriter and by so doing find their voice. They write to the farmer to request some basic comforts and wind-up going on strike until they get them.
“The Jolly Postman: Or Other People’s Letters” by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg- This is one of the greatest “mail” books of all time! You may even already be familiar with it. It is about the jolly postman who is the mail carrier for various characters from beloved fairy tales. The really fun part is that there are actual envelopes attached to the pages with letters that you can literally take out and read. So. much. fun!
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