Thank you to all the authors who tweet to teachers and students. Thank you to all the authors who respond to students’ letters in the mail!
About four years ago, I began encouraging my students to write letters in the mail to authors. I wrote a NerdyBookClub blog post about it too. Here is a list of authors who you can follow on Twitter and who reply to student fan mail. Warn your students that they must be patient. Authors may respond, but it will probably take about 2-6 months. At the bottom of this post, I have listed some resources for finding fan mail addresses. If you need any help finding addresses please leave a comment and I’ll reply. Enjoy!
#1)Rachel Renée Russell- Dork Diaries. (Twitter- @DorkDiaries) Ms. Russell is incredible about replying to fan mail! If your students send her fan mail, encourage them to ask to be part of her fan club. Sometimes her fan club sends free stickers, pencils, and other items in the mail. The fan club may even send free Dork Diary books in the mail. This is fabulous for classrooms that love free books!
#2) Sarah Weeks – Pie, Honey, So B. It (Twitter- @AuthorWeeks) Ms. Weeks always replies to student fan mail! She is very fast and students are so excited when they receive a letter or pretty postcard from Ms. Weeks.
#3) Judy Blume- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Freckle Juice, Superfudge (Twitter- @JudyBlume) Ms. Blume’s fan club is super fast! They respond very quickly to any student fan mail. Seriously, in two weeks, you’ll already have a response. Amazing!
#4) Ann M. Martin- Rain Reign, Baby-Sitters Cub (Twitter-@AuthorAnnMartin) Ms. Martin is a great author to send mail to! Her letters are worth the wait!
#5) Tom Angleberger- Origami Yoda series, Qwikpick Papers (Twitter- @OrigamiYoda)- Mr. Angleberger is fabulous to send tweets to. Anytime my students have questions for Mr. Angleberger about any of his novels, I know I can count him to respond.
#6) Brian Selznick- The Marvels, Huge Cabret, Wonderstruck. (Sadly no Twitter). Mr. Selznick is wonderful about replying to fan mail. When one of my students wrote to him, he sent her a personal, handwritten note with a piece of a photo from Hugo Cabret (the photo above). She treasures it!
#7) Joan Bauer- Almost Home, Close to Famous (Twitter- @Joan_Bauer) Ms. Bauer sends beautiful notes to students who write to her. My students have loved receiving these notes. They love her books!
#8) Sharon Creech – Walk Two Moons, Love That Dog (Twitter- @ciaobellacreech) Ms. Creech is a fabulous author to tweet to! She is very active on Twitter and will respond to questions. Thank you, Ms. Creech!
#9) Julie Andrews – Mandy (Sadly no Twitter)- Ms. Andrew’s fan club will respond to fan mail! They send a beautiful letter and a signed photo of Ms. Andrews.
#10) Erin Hunter – Warriors series (Twitter- @KatieThreeCats) Are your students into the Warriors series? If they are, then they’re diehard fans like my students. Ms. Hunter’s name is a pen name. Her real name is Kate Cary, and she is active on Twitter. You can also send her fan mail! She replies to fan mail, but it takes a little while because she lives in the UK. Thank you so much, Ms. Hunter, for sending fan mail from the UK! It is a true joy for my Warriors readers!
How to find authors’ fan mail addresses? Authors usually put their fan mail address on their websites. This is where I begin. Usually, they request that you mail it to the publisher. This also seems like the most respectful method. Some authors request that students only send emails, so read and abide by their requests on their websites. Above all, it doesn’t matter if an author replies. It is exciting for students to write to authors they love and feel like they are connecting with the author. It is important that students also understand that authors are busy, private people who may not respond.
Other resources I use to find authors’ fan mail addresses:
Typically found wearing mismatched socks, Dana Johansen spends her time teaching fifth grade in Connecticut, negotiating with her yellow lab about doggy dinner options, and plopping down on the floor in bookstore aisles to find new reads. She has taught elementary and middle school for fourteen years. Dana is a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University where she studies blended learning in reading and writing workshop.