Who Doesn’t Love Fan Mail?

I certainly love fan mail. And when it comes from students in schools I visited, it’s a special treat. Whenever a thick padded envelope arrives with the return address of an elementary school, I sit down and savor each letter. Besides expressing gratifying reactions, they’re often accompanied with charming artwork based on my talk and/or books.
With younger children, I usually explain how an idea eventually becomes a book. But with older students, I talk about character development, revising, descriptive writing – whatever the school requests. I love discovering which points stuck with particular students. And I love the notes that are not just from the head but from the heart, too.
Here are a few of my recent faves sent by upper grade elementary students. (I removed senders’ names.)

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