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List of Letter-Themed Books: A GatheringBooks Recommendation!

The year 2011 has been a fruitful year for Myra, Iphigene, and me. We kicked off the year with a new concept – bimonthly themes. It was what I would call the grand scheme of “themes.” (*wink)

In January and February of 2011, we launched our first bimonthly theme:

Click on the image to be taken to the Bimonthly Theme launch.

I had to admit that “Message in a Bottle” was one of the more challenging bimonthly theme we’ve had. We managed to pull it through with 14 book reviews featuring stories written in letters and postcards.

Nick Bantock and His Cryptic Postcards

Ah, what can I say? You gotta love the man! My first encounter with Griffin & Sabine was in 2002, when I decided to take courses in English Literature. A friend introduced me to this collectible gem and, together, we read through the enigmatic correspondence between star-crossed lovers, Griffin & Sabine.

I didn’t know that the Griffin & Sabine trilogy has a companion – The Morning Star trilogy. That is, until I moved to California five years later when I found Alexandria in a thrift store. Needless to say, Myra and I decided to review both trilogies about kindred spirits and quantum metaphysical entanglements.

Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence

Click on the image to be taken to my review of the book.

Sabine’s Notebook: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Continues

Click on the image to be taken to my 2-in-1 GB special review.

The Golden Mean: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Concludes

Click on the image to be taken to my 2-in-1 GB special review.

The Gryphon: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine is Rediscovered

Click on the image to be taken to Myra's 3-in-1 GB special review.

Alexandria: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine Unfolds

Click on the image to be taken to Myra's 3-in-1 GB special review

The Morning Star: In Which the Extraordinary Correspondence of Griffin & Sabine is Illuminated

Click on the image to be taken to Myra's 3-in-1 GB special review.

Mark Teague and His Canine Wonder

Thanks to Myra’s lovely reviews featuring canine wonder, Ike LaRue, I now have a new set of books to add to my picture book collection. I’ve come across “Detective LaRue” a few times in bookstores but never had the chance to buy it. As I revisit this bimonthly theme, I was reminded to grab copies of this postmodern picture book.

Dear Mrs LaRue: Letters from Obedience School

Click on the image to be taken to Myra's review of the book.

LaRue for Mayor: Letters from the Campaign Trail

Click on the image to be taken to Myra's review of the book.

Detective LaRue: Letters from the Investigation

Click on the image to be taken to Myra's review of the book.

Letters Featured in Picture Books

Below is the list of picture books with a “letter-theme” to it.

The Rumblewick Letters by Hiawyn Oram and Sarah Warburton

Click on the image to be taken to Myra's review of the book.

Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James

Click on the image to be taken to Myra's review of the book.

Yours Truly, Goldilocks by Alma Flor Ada

Click on the image to be taken to Myra's review of the book.

Poetry-Inspired, Letter-Themed Books

We simply cannot resist the power of verses, so here are a few books to go with our bimonthly theme.

Letters on Poetry from William Butler Yeats to Dorothy Wellesley

Click on the image to be taken to Myra's review of the book.

Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse

Click on the image to be taken to Myra's review of the book.

Letters to a Young Poet by R.M. Rilke

Click on the image to be taken to Iphigene's review of the book.

Adult Fiction

“Family – that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape…”
– Dodie Smith

The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright

Click on the image to be taken to Iphigene's review of the book.

A Declaration of Love

As Myra had put it, it is the love letter to end all love letters.

The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket

Click on the image to be taken to Myra's review of the book.

WAIT!

THERE’S MORE…

Here are other titles of books that you might find useful:

Fairy Tale Picture Books

Dear Peter Rabbit by Alma Flor Ada

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With Love, Little Red Hen by Alma Flor Ada

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The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

Click on the image to be taken to the websource.

Animal Picture Books

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Click on the image to be taken to the websource.

Dear Bear by Joanna Harrison

Click on the image to be taken to the websource.

Dear Calla Roo… Love, Savannah Blue series by Sudie Rakusin

Click on the image to be taken to the websource.

Letters from Felix series by Annette Langen & Constanza Droop

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Children’s Fiction

Dear Annie by Judith Caseley

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His Litte Princess: Treasured Letters from Your King by Sheri Rose Shepherd

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YA Fiction

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

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Snail Mail No More by Paul Danziger & Ann Martin

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Adult Nonfiction

Letters of a Portuguese Nun by Miriam Cyr

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Other People’s Love Letters by Bill Shapiro

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Other People’s Rejection Letters by Bill Shapiro

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Before I let you go…

Here are additional links provided by Goodreads.

If you know more books that tell stories in letter/postcard form, please feel free to write your book recommendations below. Until then, have a wonderful 2012 ahead! =)

Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

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