Encourage Your Teens and Tweens to Enter Letters About Literature

Level 1
Grades 4-6

Level 2
Grades 7-8

Level 3
Grades 9-12

Wyoming students in grades 4-12 are invited to read, be inspired, and write back to the author (living or dead) of a book that changed their lives. The 2017-18 Letters About Literature reading and writing contest is open and accepting entries.

Postmark deadline is January 12, 2018.

Letters About Literature is a Library of Congress national reading/writing promotion program. Entries will be judged at the state and national level in three age categories: grades 4-6, grades 7-8, and grades 9-12. Students could win Amazon gift cards up to $150 in Wyoming competition and cash prizes in national judging.

Both individual and classroom entries are welcome. Resources are available for teachers and librarians:

  • An upcoming Letters About Literature webinar on October 25 at 2 p.m. MDT will explore 25 years of best practices. Certificates for CEUs will be available upon completion of the live program.
  • The Letters About Literature Teaching Guide provides activities and addresses how the program can dovetail with curriculum for teaching reading, and writing.
  • Winning letters from past years provide students with examples.
  • Last, but not least, the Wyoming State Library has created ready-to-print promotional posters for you to use to spread the word. We’d love it if you’d encourage the teens and tweens you work with to enter!

Guidelines, the teaching guide, and winning letters from previous years may be found on the Letters About Literature website. Questions may be directed to Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library publications specialist, at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915.

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