99 picture books about post / mail / letters

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Spurred on by the International Postcard Swap for Families that we’re hosting here on Playing by the book, I thought I’d bring together a list of picture books which features sending and/or receiving post/mail, or writing letters. With the help of the generous community who make up the Child Lit email group at Rutgers I’ve come up with 99 books which in some way feature letters, cards or parcels.

Such a list would be rather unwieldy on a blog post so I’ve made it available on Amazon, split into 4 parts. Click on the links below to take you to the list:

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4


  • As for some play…

  • Here are lots of (US) postage stamp colouring sheets
  • Take inspiration from this commercial toy post office to make your own!
  • Make your own mail bags for delivering mail
  • Make pretend postage stamps or a post box using the tutorials in the mail themed issue of Kids Craft Weekly


  • And some music…

  • Return to sender by Elvis Presley
  • Please Mr Postman by The Carpenters
  • Postcards by Robyn Archer


  • What’s your favourite song about post / letters? And your favourite kids’ book which features mail?

    12 Responses

    1. I read your post about the postcards a couple days ago and then guess what popped up in the secondhand shop earlier today?! The Giant Hug book! HOW COOL!

      It was pretty battered and chewed up, but I had to buy it, how could I not?

    2. Hi Sarah, What good luck! What did you think of the story?

    3. We like a Harry and his Dinosaurs book, that has a tenuous link to postage, as he awaits the return of his robot by mail. But, still, if features mail. My boy likes Postman Pat, however I think he is something rhyming with his name! (Apologies).

    4. The mail must go through
      No matter if it rains or snows
      The mail must go through..

      thats the song this post reminded me of!

    5. Hi Choxbox,

      Aah, didn’t know this song, but now I’ve found it! Thanks for the tip ๐Ÿ™‚

      For others who don’t know the song:

      Here’s the disney version –
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Mail-Must-Go-Through/dp/B001W52O4W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1272371575&sr=1-2

      And here’s a version sung by Roy Rodgers –
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Mail-Must-Go-Through/dp/B001I3W4DO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1272371575&sr=1-1
      (on a CD with the wonderful title “Singing Cowboys of the Silver Screen” ๐Ÿ™‚

    6. What a wonderful list – thanks so much for putting that all together and making it available! Just today I came upon a review on the Kids Lit blog of another nice book about the post, “Dear Primo”: http://kidslit.menashalibrary.org/2010/04/26/dear-primo/

      We have a well-known song about the post in Hebrew that is a children’s classic, but I couldn’t find a translation into English for it.

    7. Oh for some reason I thought that was a very popular song. We have exactly that CD – and the other 3 in that set as well. All sung beautifully. Played forever in my car so the songs instantly bring back memories of driving through the leafy lanes of our neighbourhood in London ๐Ÿ™‚

    8. My favourite song is definitely “Another Postcard” by the Barenaked Ladies which you mentioned a few days ago. (I just saw them perform last night – can you tell that I am still giddy?).

      I actually don’t know of any books about postmen or mail so I will be happy to check out your list and see if I can round up some of the suggested books.

      Thanks again for doing this. We are very excited!

      Tricia

    9. Hi BookishIma,
      thanks for the tip about the review of Dear Primo. The Kids Lit blog it was on is one I really like for reviews of picture books. Do you know about Mama Lisa’s blog – it’s the sort of place where you could share the Hebrew version of the mail song (as you could here, but her blog is specifically about songs / rhymes from around the world). There’s a link to her on right hand side of my blog under “Musical Inspiration”

      Hi Choxbox,
      Well, it probably is well known, but I tend to avoid anthing that has Disney written on it like the plague….

      And hello Tricia. LUCKY you seeing the Barnaked Ladies. I’m *envious*!

    10. LOL! Share your sentiments re Disney and extend it to Barbie and anything pink and plastic. But this CD does have lovely music and the songs are songs, and not sung in a over-the-top sweet manner.

    11. A new one just came out – A Letter for Leo – by Sergio Ruzzier.

      Also, do you have Rifka’s First Thanksgiving on your list? (may be spelled Rivka)
      Even in Australia recently posted..Do You Believe in Magic?

    12. Thanks for these additions – both new to the list!
      Zoe recently posted..Some things are worth waiting for: Snow by Samuel Usher

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