Connecting Children Worldwide through Literacy


There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.”
― Frank Serafini

Have you heard about the Flat Stanley literacy project? Not only is it a great way to engage children in reading, it also teaches children about geography and interesting places around the world. I love this concept. The books were written by an author in Canada.

Flat Stanley “is about the adventures of a little boy who gets flattened by a bulletin board. During one part of the story, his parents put him in an envelope and send him to visit his friend in California.”

flatstanleySimilar to a chain letter, if you receive a “Flat Stanley” in the mail, from a child, you send a postcard or mail a letter (through the USPS), back to the student’s class to notify them of the place where “Flat Stanley” landed. Click for info & ordering

I just participated by sending my first cousin, Hope’s daughter, Grace, a postcard at her school in Baltimore, Maryland from Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Shhhh…..don’t tell her! She is a 2nd grader, and I hope she will be surprised when she sees the city it came from.

This literacy program even has a digital component, an i-Tunes app, so students participating in this literacy project can communicate with each other and talk about the places their “Flat Stanley” traveled.

To date, there are nine “Flat Stanley” books with worldwide adventures. To learn more about “Flat Stanley” and the mission of connecting children worldwide, through common interest in a book and it’s character, please visit this website.

Happy Travels, Stanley! I have sent you along on your journey and you will travel far. I hope you have the opportunity to travel out of the country, too.

This blog brought to you by and Sue Batton Leonard, author of Gift of a Lifetime:Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected

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