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USPS publishes kid-friendly book

The cover of A Kids’ History of the United States Postal Service.

The Postal Service has released a kid-centered companion to Publication 100, The United States Postal Service: An American History.

Publication 100-K, A Kids’ History of the United States Postal Service, is in PDF form and free to download.

“We hope this book helps to teach kids about the important role the Postal Service played in uniting the nation. Even in this digital age, the Postal Service still connects us, just as it has for nearly 250 years,” said Judy de Torok, corporate affairs vice president.

The colorful 40-page publication is filled with historic photographs; short, clear chapters exploring themes and landmarks in postal history; special pieces on postal animals; and several games and puzzles.

It was created by Jenny Lynch, the USPS historian, and her team.

Creating the book was “a labor of love,” Lynch said. “We had fun thinking about USPS history from a kids’ perspective — how to tell the most essential parts of our story, while keeping young readers engaged.”

More information about the history of the Postal Service is available on