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The 2012 Letters About Literature reading and writing contest has begun!

October 25th, 2011 · No Comments · Contests & Prizes

All entries must be postmarked January 6, 2012

Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing contest. Students write letters to an author explaining how that author’s book changed their way of thinking about the world or themselves. 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 are now available online:

* If you are submitting several letters for the students you work with, please use the class set entry form and guidelines.
* If you are distributing entry forms and guidelines to students directly, please distribute the individual entry form and guidelines.

Librarians and teachers can download and print posters, bookmarks, and stickers to distribute to your students and patrons. Lesson plans and an outline connecting Letters About Literature to national language arts and reading standards are available online.

In 2011 over 900 students in Oregon entered the contest, and 1 in 11 of them received cash prizes or gift certificates to a bookstore. These prizes are made possible through support from the Oregon Reading Association, Oregon Association of School Libraries, and the Oregon Library Association’s Children Services Division and Young Adult network.

At the national level 6 winners and 12 honorable mentions will be selected. National winners receive a $500 Target gift certificate and a $10,000 grant to donate to the public or school library of the winner’s choice. Honorable mentions receive a $100 Target gift certificate and a $1,000 grant to donate to the public or school library of their choice.

Please visit the website for more information or contact Katie Anderson, coordinator of the Letters About Literature activities in Oregon.

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services

* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *

Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301, 503-378-2528

URLs if you need them:

* Entry forms and Guidelines
* Bookmarks, stickers, and lesson plans
* Oregon Letters About Literature
* National Letters About Literature