Author & illustrator postcard pen pals for schools

Who we are

BookPenPals matches authors and illustrators with schools to make reading recommendations in postcards over the course of a school year.

How it works

Authors and illustrators commit to writing one postcard per month with their reading recommendations (and occasional writing or drawing tip) to a class over the course of a school year (September to July). In return, the school may respond once a month with their own reading recommendations/reactions to books/questions.

At the end of the school year, the author or illustrator can retire from the programme or switch to a new school.

Schools benefit from discovering a wider range of books than they might otherwise hear about while also being inspired to engage with reading and writing through regular contact with an author/illustrator. In some cases, the relationship may result in an in-person or Skype visit.

Get involved

If you are an author, illustrator or school interested in joining, for now, please tweet to @KateScottWriter with #BookPenPals and she will try to pair you up.