Letters About Literature

2017-18 Wyoming Letters About Literature Contest

The 2017-18 Letters About Literature contest has closed to Wyoming participants. Postmark entry deadline for Wyoming entries was January 12, 2018.

Letters About Literature is a Library of Congress national reading/writing promotion program for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem, or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. You can download the guidelines and read winning letters on the Library of Congress website.

Students compete in three age categories: Level 1 (grades 4-6), Level 2 (grades 7-8), and Level 3 (grades 9-12). Letters are judged on state and national levels. Wyoming winners in each level will receive a $150 Amazon gift card for 1st place, $100 card for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place.

Teaching Resources

Teachers, librarians, and homeschool parents should know there are resources available to them to guide their student participants.

  • The Letters About Literature Teaching Guide provides activities teachers can use to guide their students through the book discussion and letter-writing process. The guide addresses the LAL teaching strategies and ways in which the program can dovetail with curriculum for teaching reading and writing. Also included are worksheets for duplication and assessment checklists.
  • An archived webinar for educators (Recording password:¬†Letters123!) explores 25 years of best practices.
  • Honor your students’ participation with personalized participation certificates that are easy to download and print.

Questions about Letters About Literature?

Contact Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library publications specialist, at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915.

See the press release.

Visit the Official Letters About Literature website