Every year through Wyoming Reads, the Sue Jorgensen Library Foundation gives thousands of first-graders a book to keep and cherish. The Wyoming State Library’s Central Acquisitions Program acquires these books at discounts up to 40 percent, stretching precious dollars so more books can be delivered to grateful young readers.
For the 2022 event, held at locations in all 23 counties, more than 6,800 students received a book to cherish that they picked from the year’s six selections.
GoWYLD offers great online literacy resources. Try Bookflix to reinforce core reading skills in PreK-3 learners or Novelist K-8 to find the next great read for your elementary, middle, or junior high school student.
Bookflix: Reinforce core reading skills in PreK-3 learners
Novelist K-8: Find the next great read for students
Letters About Literature
Letters About Literature is a state-level reading/writing promotion program from the Wyoming Center for the Book at Wyoming Humanities. Students in grades 4-12 can enter when they read a book, poem, or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally.
Students compete in three age categories: Level 1 (grades 4-6), Level 2 (grades 7-8), and Level 3 (grades 9-12). At each age level, Wyoming winners will receive an Amazon gift card worth $150 for first place, $100 for second, or $50 for third.
Deadline to enter is March 1, 2024
This Teaching Guide will walk your 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. Students may also wish to read the letters from last year’s winners for examples.
Questions may be directed to Lucas Fralick at Wyoming Humanities at firstname.lastname@example.org or (307) 660-0729.