Here's a great letter that is a perfect example of how kids can learn about other parts of the country (and the world) by reading books:
Hi our names are C--, Z--, and K--.
We are in the Fifth grade at -- Elementary School in --, New Jersey .
We are reading your book How to Steal A Dog and we are enjoying your book so far! Our favorite part so far is Mookie who is living in the back of the vacant house.
We are writing because two things have caught our eye and we wanted to know if they were on purpose. The first one occurs on page 116 and says, “It like to broke my heart to look at it.” Should it be “It broke my heart to look at it?” On page 117 it says, “I like to swallowed my gum when he said that.” Should it say, “I almost swallowed my gum when he said that?”
We are fascinated with what you have to say.
Please let us know if it was done on purpose or was it a mistake. Thank you for your time and we can’t wait to hear from you.
Sincerely. C--, Z--, and K--
P.S. We would take $500 dollars if we are right about the mistake :)