Childrens books about pen pals
Pen Pals by Alexandra PichardAn octopus and an ant are paired up to write letters for a school project in this charming picture book in the tradition of Dear Mr. Blueberry.
For an entire school year, Oscar the ant and Bill the octopus send letters to each other as part of a school project.
Oscar loves table tennis, and Bill loves modelling clay.
Oscar does judo, while Bill has a garden.
Despite their differences, the two new friends find shared interests…all leading up to one final surprise!
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Picture Books about Pen Pals
Established in , National Handwriting Day commemorates the act of putting thoughts to paper with a pen or pencil. In this age of computer writing programs, email, and texting, the art and joy of penmanship is waning. Handwriting, though, is unique to each individual and should be celebrated and encouraged! One of the best ways for kids to develop handwriting skills is by writing letters to friends and family. Teachers know that when their students get to know other kids from nearby or far away, they gain an understanding of different traditions and cultures and develop the kinds of caring, empathy, and kindness that make the world a better place for all. As the story opens, George and his classmates are learning about their new project.
I loved having a pen pal as a kid, and I love when my kids write letters or emails! Writing to a pen-pal in another country can facilitate lifelong friendships- and at a minimum it creates a great learning experience that enhances social studies, geography, penmanship, and language skills. And then: use this list to get your own pen pal! Thank you for your support! This very sweet book details the exchange of pictures and letters between Juno living in the US and his grandmother living in Korea. This would be a great introduction for little kids to send letters to their own grandparents! Elliot is from the US and Kailash lives in India, and they exchange pictures and postcards that show glimpses of their lives that are similar, but have different details.
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Asked to choose a country, Caitlin picks Zimbabwe, which sounded the most far-flung and exotic. Her first letter reaches Martin, who lives with his family in a poor suburb of Mutare, where his father works at a local paper mill. They continue to write, Martin sending Caitlin the only photo of himself that he has. As they open up to one another, Caitlin is distraught to learn that necessities she easily takes for granted, like clothes and school, are almost out of reach for her friend. While a one-dollar bill or the odd T-shirt are of little significance to Caitlin, the money means, for Martin, more food for his family; the clothes give them bragging rights in their community. Eighteen years after the first letter, they are still the best of friends. Writer Liz Welch came on board to help translate the letters into a cohesive narrative.
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