Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Letters about Literature Writing Contest

Calling all students grade 4-12! Write a letter to an author whose book has changed your life and be a winner!

Student submissions to Letters About Literature (LAL), a national reading and writing initiative sponsored nationally by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and in Kansas by the Kansas Center for the Book in the State Library of Kansas, are now being accepted.

To enter, readers write a reflective letter to an author, living or from the past, describing how that author’s  work somehow changed the student’s view of the world or him/herself. The project has three competition levels: Level 1 for students in grades 4-6; Level 2 for students in grades 7-8; and Level 3 for students in grades 9-12.

Winners on the state level each receive a cash award from the Kansas Center for the Book as well as a $50 Target gift card. National winners will receive a $500 Target gift card. The libraries of national winners and runners-up will receive cash grants from Target in the names of the winners.

Target sponsors Letters About Literature as part of its national reading initiative, “Ready, Sit, Read!” which is aimed at fostering love of reading among children at an early age.

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Consider how Letters About Literature might fit into classroom activities or enhance programming for children, and use the entry coupon on the reverse side of the form to enter. Feel free to download and photocopy—one entry form is required for each student. If you have questions contact Roy Bird at the State Library, 1-800-432-3919,>.

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