Writing to a Favorite Author

Theart of letter-writing is hardly used anymore, but nothing showsappreciation more than a handwritten note. Showing your child how to write to his or her favorite author is a fun and easy way to keep up their writing skills and teach them about showing gratitude.

When you child is writing the letter…there are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • Remind your little one that they may not get a letter back from their favorite author. Writers get very busy, and while some do write back, others do not.

  • Suggest your child keep the letter short – about a paragraph. A short letter of admiration goes a very long way.

  • Some topics for a letter might be why your child likes the story, his or her favorite character, a personal connection with the story,  or maybe a favorite line from the book and why. 

When addressing the envelope…


1.  Openyour child’s favorite book


2.  Lookinside for the publisher’s name and address within the first fewpages of the book.

3.  Writethe address formatted like this:

AuthorTom Jones

c/o Penguin Publishing, Inc.

1234 Fabulous AuthorDr.

New York, NY 10011



Listedbelow are a few favorite children’s authors and their addresses.



PhillipC. Stead

WroteA Sick Day for Amos McGee

AuthorPhillip C. Stead


175 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10010




WroteDiaries of a Wimpy Kid

AuthorJeff Kinney

c/oAmulet Books

115West 18th Street

NewYork, NY 10011




WroteThe Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

c/o ScholasticInc.

555 Broadway

New York, NY 10012-3999




WroteAlong for the Ride


c/oPenguin Group (USA) Inc.

375 Hudson Street

New York, NY 10014

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