[kids-lib] 2009 Letters About Literature reading and writing contest has begun!

Katie Anderson anderson_katie at oslmac.osl.state.or.us
Wed Oct 1 16:01:28 PDT 2008


The 2009 Letters  About Literature reading and writing contest has begun!    

Download the  guidelines/entry coupon at:     


The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in  partnership with Target Stores and in cooperation with affiliate state centers  for the book, invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to participate in Letters  About Literature, a national reading-writing contest.  To enter, readers  write a personal letter to an author (living or dead) explaining how that  author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or themselves.        

I'm attaching the guidelines and entry form for you to  download and print for the students you work with.  The deadline is December 6, 2008.   Contest details, teachers' resources, and past winning letters are  available at: http://oregon.gov/OSL/LD/youthsvcs/aboutlit.shtml.  Remember, one of the six 2008 national  winning letters was written by a 6th grader from Oregon.  Be sure that you share it with your students  to give them an idea of what a national winning letter is like.        


Semi-finalists:  $10 bookstore gift card (last year there were  91 semi-finalists).        

Honorable Mentions:  $250 Oregon College Savings Plan scholarships and $25 bookstore gift cards  (last year there were 11 honorable mentions).        

Runners-up:  $250 Oregon College Savings Plan scholarships  and $50 cash (there are always 3 runners-up).        

Winners: $500  Oregon College Savings Plan scholarships, $100 cash, $50 Target GiftCard, and  their letters move on to the national competition (there are always 3 winners).


The State Treasurer has joined the Oregon Reading  Association, Oregon   Center for the Book,  OASL, CSD, and OYAN as a cosponsor.  Local cosponsors help spread the word  and encourage participation in Letters About Literature, and provide the prizes  for Oregon's  winners, runners-up, honorable mentions, and semi-finalists.         

Target Stores, along with its parent company Target  Corporation (NYSE:TGT), gives back more than $2 million a week to its local  communities through grants and special programs. Since opening its first store  in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team  members to help meet community needs        

The Center for the Book was established in 1977 as a  public-private partnership to use the resources of the Library of Congress to  stimulate public interest in books and reading.   For information about its activities and  national reading promotion networks, visit www.loc.gov/cfbook.    

             Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
       Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
               katie.anderson at state.or.us, 503-378-2528
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