Stories Told Through Letters

An epistolary story doesn’t have any chapters in it. It’s a story told through a collection of letters and notes. Here are some of the best epistolary fiction for Kids! 

I love you, Michael Collins

Lauren Baratz-Logsted

jFICTION Baratz-Logsted Lauren
Kids, Fiction

In 1969, as her own family is falling apart, ten-year-old Mamie finds comfort in conducting a one-sided correspondence with the least famous astronaut heading toward the moon on Apollo 11.

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A story told through a collection of letters that 10 year old Mamie Anderson sends to Michael Collins in 1969 as he prepares to go to the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. I am not sure what made me pick this book up off the shelf, but I am glad I did. Since I was a child, I have found that I really like reading books in this format, so I was pleasantly surprised when I flipped through to see it was an epistolary story.
- Angela

Dear Mr. Henshaw

Beverly Cleary

jFICTION Cleary, Beverly
Kids, Fiction

In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.

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In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.
- Angela

Dying to meet you

Kate Klise

jFICTION Klise, Kate
Kids, Fiction

In this story told mostly through letters, children's book author, I.B. Grumply, gets more than he bargained for when he rents a quiet place to write for the summer.

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Ignatius B. Grumply moves into the Victorian mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road hoping to find some peace and quiet so he can crack a wicked case of writer’s block. But 43 Old Cemetery Road is already occupied by eleven-year-old Seymour, his cat Shadow, and an irritable ghost named Olive.
- Angela

Love, Ruby Lavender

Deborah Wiles

jFICTION Wiles, Deborah
Kids, Fiction

When her quirky grandmother goes to Hawaii for the summer, nine-year-old Ruby learns to survive on her own in Mississippi by writing letters, befriending chickens as well as the new girl in town, and finally coping with her grandfather's death.

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When her quirky grandmother goes to Hawaii for the summer, nine-year-old Ruby learns to survive on her own in Mississippi by writing letters, befriending chickens as well as the new girl in town, and finally coping with her grandfather’s death.
- Angela

Unusual chickens for the exceptional poultry farmer

Kelly (Kelly Anne) Jones

jFICTION Jones Kelly
Kids, Fiction, Humor

Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family's move to her Great Uncle Jim's farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.

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Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family’s move to her Great Uncle Jim’s farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.
- Angela

The day the crayons quit

Drew Daywalt

jE Daywalt
Kids, Humor

When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.

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Picture Book: When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.
- Angela

Click, clack, moo : cows that type

Doreen Cronin

jE Cronin
Kids, Humor

When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.

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Picture Book: When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.
- Angela

XO, Ox : a love story

Adam Rex

jE Rex
Kids, Humor

"The hilarious tale of an ox who is in love with a gazelle, told in correspondence"--

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Picture Book: An epic, if initially unrequited, love affair between a graceful gazelle and a clumsy, hapless ox. Romance will never be the same.
- Angela

Dear Yeti

James Kwan

jE Kwan
Kids, Humor

Told through a series of notes, two boys go on a hike hoping to find Yeti but run into trouble along the way.

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Two young hikers set out to look for Yeti one day, and with the help of a bird friend, they trek further and further into the woods, sending letters to coax the shy creature out of hiding.
- Angela