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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Picture Books We Love

Literary Letters: A Booklist

The educators and booksellers at The Carle have put together our recommended picture books about letters and letter-writing. These booklists are the perfect inspiration for filling out your home or school collections.

Cover image for A Letter for Amy; Click Clack Moo Cows That Type; Dear Dragon; Dear Juno

A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats 

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin 

Dear Dragon: A Pen Pal Tale by Josh Funk and illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo 

Dear Juno by Soyung Pak and illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung

 A Letter to My Cousin; Dear Zoo; Diary of a Wombat; I Miss You Every Day

Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh 

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell 

Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Whatley 

I Miss You Every Day by Simms Taback

Cover images for I Wrote You a Note; Ice Cream Summer; Letters from Maisy; Love, Mama

I Wrote You A Note by Lizi Boyd 

Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sis 

Letters from Maisy by Lucy Cousins 

Love, Mama by Jeannette Bradley

Cover images for Meerkat Mail; Paddington's Post; Postcards from Camp; The Day the Crayons Quit

Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett 

Paddinton’s Post by Michael Bond and R.W. Alley 

Postcards from Camp by Simms Taback 

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrated Oliver Jeffers

Cover images for The Gardener; The Thank You Letter; The Quiet Place; The Jolly Postman

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart and illustrated by David Small

The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg 

The Quiet Place by Sarah Steward and illustrated by David Small 

The Thank You Letter by Jane Cabrera

Cover images for The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles; Toot & Puddle; Write to Me; XO, OX A Love Story

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas and illustrated by Erin Stead 

Toot and Puddle by Holly Hobbie 

Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind by Cynthia Grady and illustrated by Amiko Hirao

XO, OX by Adam Rex and illustrated by Scott Campbell

What are your favorite picture books about letter writing? Let us know in the comments!










Jan Whitehead
Sunday, May 5, 2020 - 12:40 pm
Missing "Dear Mr. Blueberry" by Simon James.
Monday, May 5, 2020 - 9:49 am
And we've been reminded of another great title to add to the list: Snail Mail by Samantha Berger and Julia Patton! Keep those suggestions coming and we'll be sure to keep this list updated!

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