Friday, June 19, 2015

Ready to Go Book Display: Letters

Welcome to our series, "Ready to Go!" Book Display. Once a month, we'll highlight the latest or greatest for every age group (Adults, Teens and Children) that you can promote within your library or order for your collection. 

Recommendations for Adults:
 Collects over one hundred letters providing a glimpse into famous events and people in history, penned by such authors as Ray Bradbury, Katharine Hepburn, Galileo, and Flannery O'Connor.
 A memoir of love and faith from Hannah Brencher who has dedicated her life to showing total strangers that they are not alone in the world.
An ode to the dwindling art of letter writing explores its potential salvation in the digital age, chronicling the history of letter writing as reflected by love letters, chain mail, and business correspondence, while surveying the role that letters have played as literary devices.
Collects celebrity letters of love, whimsy, and gratitude to their feline companions, including contributions by Dr. Oz, Mariel Hemingway, and Jackson Galaxy. Also check out A Letter to My Dog.

 A voyeurist look at modern romance brings together an assortment of actual love letters, written by a diverse cross section of people, that appear exactly as they were originally written, offering candid insights into how people think about love. Also check out Other People's Rejection Letters.
Provides a humorous collection of letters from cats providing excuses and suggestions for their human companions. Also see Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe.

Recommendations for Teens:
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira (April 2014)
When Laural starts writing letters to dead people for a school assignment, she begins to spill about her sister's mysterious death, her mother's departure from her family, her new friends, and her first love.

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Martin Ganda and Caitlin Alifirenka (April 2015)
Chronicles the friendship between an American girl and her pen pal from Zimbabwe, discussing how a class assignment was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two loves.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han (April 2014)
Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent. 

Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson (Oct 2012)
 A collection of advice and reflections by young adult authors who reveal personal experiences from their teen years shares recommendations on topics ranging from abuse and relationships to bullying and body issues.

 Recommendations for Children:
A Letter for Leo by Sergio Ruzzier (Nov 2014)
When Leo, a weasel mailman, rescues a young bird that was separated from his flock, the two become friends and Leo's dream of one day receiving a letter of his own may finally come true.
Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague (Sept 2003)
Gertrude LaRue receives typewritten and paw-written letters from her dog Ike, entreating her to let him leave the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy and come back home.

Ten Thank-You Letters by Daniel Kirk (Oct 2014)
While Pig is trying to finish a thank-you note to his grandmother, his best friend Rabbit repeatedly interrupts to borrow supplies for a series of his own notes, thanking all of the special people in their lives.

The Jolly Postman by Allan and Janet Ahlberg (Sept 2001)
A Jolly Postman delivers letters to several famous fairy-tale characters such as the Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella, and the Three Bears.

Herman's Letter by Tom Percival (Nov 2014)
After Henry the raccoon moves away from his best friend, Herman the bear, their promise to be pen pals becomes difficult.

Dear Princess by Disney (Sept 2014)
Stories featuring princesses are told through correspondence received by each princess, including a letter from an evil stepmother, a positive review from a restaurant critic, and a message in a bottle from a mysterious undersea writer.

Recommendations for All Ages:

P.S. I Hate It Here!: Kids' Letters from Camp by Diane Falanga (May 2010)
The experience of being away from home for the first time creates hilarious and lasting memories. Here are more than 150 delightful and heartwarming real-life letters, covering all the imaginable scenarios of sleep-away camp. Also check out the sequel P.S. I Still Hate It Here!

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