Ernie
the Sock Monkey

Dear Ernie...

A unique literacy and writing experience!

SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER $20 for the 2012-13 School Year!
The sooner you sign up, the more letters your class will receive! ($10 if you already have Ernie’s book.)

What’s more exciting than opening your mailbox and finding a REAL letter waiting for you?
Not too much – especially if your pen pal is an adventurous sock monkey! If you are looking for a fun and exciting program to encourage your students to read and write letters, Ernie the Sock Monkey has just the program for you! Dear Ernie... is a pen pal program where your students write monthly letters to Ernie the Sock Monkey! They can write individual letters or a group letter, and – of course – pictures are always welcomed! Ernie will write a group letter back to your classroom.

Here’s the way it works...

Your students send mail to Ernie at his post office box. Ernie reads the letters and (with a little help from authors Wendy Shepherd and Ken Hershenson) writes a letter back. Classes are encouraged to send one letter a month, with the turn-around time being no more than two weeks at Ernie’s end. In addition to monthly letter exchanges, your classroom receives an autographed copy of Ernie’s Special Summer Day, a signed photograph of Ernie, two special greeting cards sent to the class, and a 25% discount on any of Ernie’s books purchased through this program!

Dear Ernie... was inspired soon after Ernie’s Special Summer Day was published, when we started getting letters to Ernie. Kids of all ages loved his adventure, and they wrote letters to tell Ernie just what parts were the most exciting to them. Letters arrived from coast to coast – and we thought that it would be fun to expand Ernie’s network of pen pals.

Some FAQs...

  • What is the appropriate age for the children to be to participate in Dear Ernie...? ~ ANY age, PreK - 6th Grade!
  • Does Ernie speak languages other than English? ~ No, unfortunately, right now he only speaks English.
  • Can children be individual pen pals with Ernie? ~ At this time, Dear Ernie... is only having classroom pen pals. NEXT year, he will add a program for individual pen pals.

How does a pen pal program benefit your classroom?
Letter-writing is an important lifelong skill. Between email and texting, children and adults are missing out on the careful and thoughtful communication we find in written letters. From friendly communication to business letters and cover letters, the experienced letter-writer has an advantage both socially and in the world of work. Pen pal programs offer your children an interdisciplinary experience, involving: language arts, drawing, reading, and an opportunity to have an ongoing communication with a new friend! Letters can be saved, cherished, read and re- read, like a favorite book!

Are you excited to start? Here’s how!

Click on the link below. Pay by mail with a check or credit card, or pay online with PayPal. You’ll receive an email confirmation with instructions on where to start sending your classroom’s letters!

To start your classroom subscription paying $20.00 by PayPal, including a copy of Ernie's Special Summer Day, please click on the PayPal button below. Please include a message to Ernie in your payment, telling him how many children are in the class, the name of your school/program, their grade, your name, and your email address and phone number. Wendy will get back with you with an email and instructions.


To start your classroom subscription paying $10.00 by PayPal, without a copy of Ernie's Special Summer Day, please click on the PayPal button below. Please include a message to Ernie in your payment, telling him how many children are in the class, the name of your school/program, their grade, your name, and your email address and phone number. Wendy will get back with you with an email and instructions.


To start your classroom subscription paying by check or money order, please send Ernie an email requesting a form.
Questions? Please contact Wendy Shepherd at info{at}ErnieTheSockMonkey.com
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