Letters about Literature Contest

Posted by Lisa Strand on Monday, November 05, 2012 in Events and Promotions

JEFFERSON – A book is more than just a collection of words. A book can have a direct and concrete impact on a life. For children and youth, a book can help them transcend difficult situations — like bullying, peer pressure or prejudice, or help them cope with loss and disappointment.

Letters about Literature (LAL) is a writing contest for young readers in grades 4 – 10, sponsored by the Library of Congress and Wisconsin Center for the Book. Students write a letter to an author of a fiction or nonfiction book, a short story or poem describing how the work changed the students’ view of the world or themselves. Students are asked to do reflective writing, rather than a book report. Entries are judged at both the state and national levels and prizes are awarded for the best letter at various grade levels.

LAL awards thousands of dollars each year through state and national prizes. Last year, 60,000 young people from around the United States entered including more than 1,058 from Wisconsin.

Details for the program can be found on the Web site: http://lettersaboutliterature.org. The site also outlines lesson plans for teachers who want to incorporate the contest into their curriculum as well as information on how the exercise relates to the Common Core State Standards.

The postmark deadline for submissions is January 11, 2013.

Contact Mary Lou Santovec, Coordinator, 948 S. Main St., Jefferson WI 53549; msantovec@yahoo.com or 920-674-5280 for more information.

Wisconsin Center for the Book was created to celebrate the culture of the book. The Center celebrates books and the book arts, encourages the joy of reading and writing, and honors Wisconsin’s literary heritage. The Center honors all aspects of the literary world and provides a link between our citizens and writers, illustrators, publishers, librarians, and educators.

For more information, visit http://lettersaboutliterature.org or www.wcb.uwm.edu or contact the following board members:
Central/Northwestern Wisconsin: Sam Scinta, Fulcrum Press, sam@fulcrumpublishinginc.com
Northeastern Wisconsin: Tasha Saecker, Appleton Public Library, tsaecker@gmail.com
Southcentral Wisconsin: Kate Thompson, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, Kate.Thompson@wisconsinhistory.org
Southeastern Wisconsin: Chuck Stebleton, Woodland Pattern Book Center, chucks@woodlandpattern.org
or Tom Walker, School of Information Studies, UWM, twalker@uwm.edu.

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