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.
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.
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.
The Texas Center for the Book is seeking qualified non-profit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in Texas for the 2017 Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award. The winning organization will receive a $1,000 cash award to assist in its future work promoting reading and combating illiteracy. This year, a honorable mention recipient will receive $500. The award provides public recognition to 501(c)(3) organizations committed to addressing the continuing need for literacy services and that increase public awareness of the importance of literacy.
The nomination period for the 2017 Literacy Award is from June 1, 2017, through September 1, 2017. The 2017 Literacy Award winner will be announced during the 2nd Annual Texas Author Summit; kicking off the Texas Book Festival on Nov. 2, 2017.
Wish Girl By Nikki Loftin
Every year, a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands is distributed by the Library of Congress's Center for the Book during the National Book Festival. Texas State Library and Archives Commission and Texas Center for the Book chooses a work by a Texas Author to represent the rich culutural idendity of the Lone Star State This year we have chosen "Wish Girl" by Nikki Loftin. Loftin's setting of the Texas Hill Country serves as the perfect backdrop to a story of finding friendship in the most unexpected place.
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: email@example.com [Texas Center for the Book]
- Address: 1201 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701