Letters About Literature is a reading/writing contest for 4th-12th graders.
State winners receive $100 and a trip to the Texas Library Association Conference. National winners receive $1,000 and travel assistance to the National Book Festival in Washington D.C.
Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year.
For full information, including teaching guides and FAQs, go the Letters About Literature page.
Catch Up & Read Named 2017 Recipient of Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award
The Texas Center for the Book announced that Catch Up & Read is the recipient of the second annual Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award. This $1,000 award, which honors a qualified non-profit organization that has made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in Texas, is modeled on the Library of Congress’ s annual literacy awards. Funded by the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas (FLAT), the 2017 Literacy Awards this year also include an honorable mention awarded to Team First Book Matagorda County.
News of the World By Paulette Jiles
The Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission has selected News of the World by Texas author Paulette Jiles as the 2017 Texas’ Great Read. Each year, states are asked to highlight a book representative of the region’s literary landscape at the National Book Festival. The event is sponsored by the Library of Congress and will take place September 2, 2017 in Washington, D.C., to showcase the importance of books and reading.
Over 2,000 Texas students entered the Letters About Literature Contest this year. Congratulations to all the winners. First through Third place winners are listed below. First place winners have advanced to national judging!
All 4th-12th graders are invited to participate! Read a book or poem and write a letter. You could be on this list next year! Submissions are due to the Library of Congress by December of 2017. For more information about the contest, see the Letters About Literature page.
Read Across Texas- This new program encourages communities to engage in tough but important conversations. In 2017, we invite Texans to use books as a bridge and talk about what happens when veterans come home.
Children’s Day, Book Day, in Spanish, El día de los niños, el día de los libros, often known as Día, (day in Spanish) is a year-long commitment to linking children and families to books. A collaboration of national literacy organizations, presses and readers, Día creatively celebrates all our children and the importance of bookjoy in their daily lives. Around April 30th, book fiestas are held in libraries, schools, homes, parks, etc. celebrating Children’s Day, Book Day. In Texas, we celebrate this multicultural, children’s book party as Lone Star Día! See resources, programming ideas, and much more at the Lone Star Día page.
Little Free Library is working with the Texas Center for the Book to distribute miniatiure lending libraries in communities across Texas. For more information on stewarding your own Little Free Library visit this link.
Click the image above to view photographs from the Texas Center for the Book's Día 20th Aniversary Kickoff event featuring ZACH Theatre's production of Tomás and the Library Lady. The Feb. 13th performace invited librarians, educators and students to celebrate the joy of reading with special guest Author Pat Mora.
ABOUT THE TEXAS CENTER FOR THE BOOK
Established in 1987, the Center for the Book seeks to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy and libraries. The Center builds partnerships with library professionals, educators, authors, publishers and booksellers who provide support to our shared mission of promoting a love of literature throughout the Lone Star State.
One of 50 state centers affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Texas Center for the Book is under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission at the Lorenzo De Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin, Texas. View the Austin premier event.
THE TEXAS CENTER FOR THE BOOK SPONSORS:
- Special exhibits
- Literary programs
- Creative writing contests
- Lectures and symposia
THE TEXAS CENTER PROMOTES:
- The educational and cultural role of the book
- The history of books and printing
- Authorship and writing
- Publishing and preservation of books
- Reading and literacy
The Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission invites you to join in its mission of working with organizations and individuals across the state to develop and increase public appreciation of, and support for books, reading and libraries.
- Telephone: (512) 936-2505
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org [Texas Center for the Book]
- Address: 1201 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701