Early Literacy

Write a Letter to Curious George!

In March, we created a writing station for our children’s floor in order to boost writing and storytelling skills. We wanted something that would compel children of all ages to pick up their pencils so we knew no ordinary prompt would do. We decided that children would respond best if they were writing to one of their favorite characters – and since Curious George had us on his April calendar, we figured he would be the perfect character to start with!

Luckily, one of our librarians is a whizz with the arts so she was able to paint George’s portrait…

Writing Station
Writing Station

Beautiful, no?

Since we are librarians and we love fun, we added a little blue mailbox so the writers can mail their letters to George! And since we are early literacy professionals and will take every opportunity to teach caregivers about the importance of early literacy engagement, we added a little tip to each blank letter explaining why writing (even scribbling!) is beneficial to children’s brain development and school readiness.

Honestly, putting in a mailbox for children to mail letters rather than take them home was born out of selfishness to see what the letters to George would say. But it also has the added benefits of promoting opportunities for imaginative play and it gives us a self-directed programing number to include in our reports. In just one month, Curious George received over 1,500 letters from the children of Frisco!

Our staff checks the mailbox once a week and records the number. We pick out George’s favorite letters and document them for posterity. And since we didn’t want to hoard all the fun for ourselves, we posted our favorites to our library’s social media pages! Here are some for your enjoyment:

See all posted letters on our Facebook page.

Our next character to feature will be Pete the Cat since he will be visiting our library this summer. Not only is the writing station great for boosting early literacy awareness, but it also serves as promotion for our upcoming youth events and collections.

Do you have a writing station at your library? Tell us about it in the comments!

(All photos courtesy guest blogger)

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Lisa K Bubert_headshotOur guest blogger today is Lisa Bubert. Lisa is a Youth Services Librarian with the Frisco Public Library in Frisco, TX. Early literacy and writing are her two passions and she enjoys taking any opportunity to put them together. Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.

Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.

If you’d like to write a guest post for the ALSC Blog, please contact Mary Voors, ALSC Blog manager, at alscblog@gmail.com.

3 comments

  1. Linda Woodbury

    The letter-writing site is great, and the letters are adorable–but do the children expect answers to their letters, or is mailing a letter enough for them?

    1. Lisa Bubert

      Hi Linda,

      So sorry for my late reply! As a thank you for the kiddos who wrote letters, we try to get “swag” (posters, stickers, bookmarks, etc) from the publishers of the characters. (Everyone has been very generous!) and we give away these items at the desk with a note from the character saying thank you. This is our way of having the character respond.

  2. Cindy Kohl

    Do you think I could send your template with a blank card to reproduce?

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