Pen Pals can hook you up with a great book to
read AND a pen pal to write to about it.
Kids | Adults
Classroom and Home School Teachers
Kids: Click Books
or Authors to find our book
reviews. Click Pen Pals to read
about the people who write our reviews. If you want to write back
to a pen pal, email us at the link provided at each book review.
We'll pass your comments on to your reading pen pal and then send
you any response we get from him/her. (To protect everyone's privacy
we only use first names and we won't send any email addresses along
Become a reading pen pal!
1. Choose a book you love.
Something youve read to your children
the best book
you read in high school
a book youve heard kids talking
about that made you curious: any book that you think a reader (up
to grade 12) might enjoy.
2. Write a Dear Reader letter.
Without giving too much of the plot away, let kids know
why you enjoy the book. Ask a few open-ended questions about readers
reactions to the characters or author or story, or other subjects
related to the book. When you're done, send your pen pal letter
to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Become a Reading Pen Pal.
When a child chooses to read the book you recommended,
s/hell send us a response to your letter, which well
forward to you. We ask only that you send us one response. Some
reading pen pals maintain a correspondence for several months; others
limit themselves to one personalized response.
When you do send a Dear Reader letter, well
ask for a brief bio that we can put on-line. To maintain anonymity,
only first names of reading pen pals will appear on the site and
e-mail addresses will not be shared. In two to four sentences, tell
your readers and potential pen pals what you think they might like
to know about you. You might include something about the types of
books you like to read, a bit about your profession and/or interests,
and something about your relationships with children. Use the third
Classroom and Home School Teachers:
Use this site to help your students choose books to read and to
get them writing about those books! For ideas about how to incorporate
Reading Pen Pals into your classroom, click the teachers