[kids-lib] Letters About Literature Entries Due 12/15 for HS & 1/15 for Elem & MS

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Wed Dec 3 14:23:15 PST 2014

Please remind student patrons and their parents about the upcoming Letters About Literature deadlines. All high school entries must be postmarked by December 15, 2014 and elementary and middle school (4th - 8th graders) entries by January 15, 2015.

Entry forms and guidelines are available online: http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/aboutlit.aspx.


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library

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Subject: [kids-lib] Letters About Literature Has Begun => Reading & Writing Contest for 4th - 12th Graders

Please pardon the cross-posting.


Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress (LOC) and by Oregon's equivalent at the State Library. Students write letters to any author explaining how that author's book changed their way of thinking about the world or themselves. Please help promote this program, including among homeschoolers.

The LOC asks teachers and parents to allow students to choose a book that is meaningful to them and asks students to explain *why* or *how* the book was significant to them instead of summarizing the plot. The focus of a participant's letter is to make clear the connection one has with a book.

Here's what Lynette Gottlieb, a teacher in Corvallis, had to say about the contest:
Letters about Literature was a completely positive experience for my students...importantly, some of my students who do not identify as writers, and do not generally enjoy the experience, were able to write about something meaningful to them and participate in an inclusive contest that also recognized them...the process connects them to the human experience of literature. It supports my English classroom where I give students choice about reading whenever possible and teach that literature and writing are first and foremost about communication.

There are three competition levels: Level I for 4th-6th graders, Level II for 7th-8th graders, and Level III for 9th-12th graders. Oregon's three winners - one from each competition level - will go on to compete nationally.

Entry forms and guidelines<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/aboutlit.aspx> are available online. All Level III entries must be postmarked by December 15, 2014 and Level I and Level II entries by January 15, 2015.

Last year, about 1,040 students in Oregon entered the contest, and 1 in 8 received cash prizes or bookstore gift certificates. These prizes are made possible through support from the national Center for the Book, Oregon Reading Association, and three divisions of the Oregon Library Association: Oregon Association of School Libraries, Children's Services Division, and Oregon Young Adult Network.

Thanks for passing along the information and encouraging participation.

Please note that this is likely the last year that the State Library will coordinate the program because of changes within the agency. State Library staff members are working to find a new home for Letters About Literature. However, if no organization takes it on, this could be the program's last year in Oregon.

Questions? Please ask.


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

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