Once upon a time, not so long ago, writing and receiving letters was common. I remember when I was in school, my best friend moved out of state. We could only talk on the phone once in a while—long-distance calls were expensive back then—so we did the next best thing… we wrote letters! I can still recall the thrill of going to the mailbox and finding a letter addressed to me, and I know she felt the same excitement. We were able to stay in touch even though we lived very far apart, and we are still friends to this day.

Nowadays we have so many other ways to keep in touch, so letters are much rarer. But I think that makes them even more special.

When you really think about it, we learned so much about our history from letters. From presidents to kings to everyday people, these letters showed us what life was like in distant times. History books are full of facts we might never have known if they were not written in a letter.

There are all sorts of letters you can write. You might write a letter to thank someone for a gift or for doing something special for you. When you go on vacation, you could send a postcard to share your adventure with someone back home. You can also write a friendly letter to keep in touch with friends and family.

Writing a simple, friendly letter is pretty easy, but there are a few parts you need. Check out the picture below to see these different parts of a letter. And watch the video too!

You can also add drawings and pictures whatever you want to share. I hope you enjoy my video lesson on writing a letter, and I hope it inspires you to write a letter of your own!


Check out some of these great books below about letters. Click on the book cover or title to find it in the library catalog and place a hold.

“Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters From Obedience School” by Mark Teague

“Dear Mr. Washington” by Lynn Cullen

“XO, OX: A Love Story” by Adam Rex

“Dear Primo: A Letter To My Cousin” by Duncan Tonatiuh

“Sincerely, Katie: Writing a Letter With Katie Woo” by Fran Manushkin

“Corduroy Writes a Letter” by Alison Inches

Written by and posted on behalf of Chris Z, Children’s Services Specialist