Texas 2016 Letters About Literature Winners!

                                                             

                  

            (L TO R) Texas Center for the Book Coord., Rebekah Manley, LAL Winners Tiffany Wang, Benjamin Hu and Sarah Helmbrecht and TSLAC Director and Librarian, Mark Smith at TLA 2016. 

2017 |2016 Winners

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Over 1,800 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 2016. For more information about the contest, see details below.

Teachers, librarians, parents, neighbors, and beyond— please share this opportunity and cultivate a love of reading. As you will read in the winners’ entries, this contest takes words off pages, creates a heart connection to story, and organically cultivates life-long readers.

 Level I Grades 4-6

Placement

Winner

Letter

Hometown

Piece

Author

1st Place

Benjamin Hu

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Watch a reading of the letter

Sugar Land, TX

“The Bad Beginning”

Lemony Snicket

“Only when a clamshell opens up can you tell if there is a pearl inside.

 

2nd Place


Zainab Mansoor

 

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Zainab's letter

Houston, TX

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban”

Malala Yousafzai

“My life is different from yours.”

 

3rd Place (tie)


Alexandros Costas Jacoby

 

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Dallas, TX

“‘Hope’ Is The Thing With Feathers”

Emily Dickinson

 “The first time I read your poem, ‘Hope Is the Thing with Feathers,’
it made me feel confused…”

 

3rd Place (tie)

Eladio Zamora

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Pharr, TX

“Esperanza Rising”

Pam Muñoz Ryan

“I would like to share my life story about my grandpa…”

 

Level II Grades 7-8

Placement

Winner

Letter

Hometown

Piece

Author

1st Place

Sarah Helmbrecht

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Watch a reading of the letter

Austin, TX

“The Beginning of Everything”

Robyn Schneider

“I read the beginning of everything on an airplane.

 

2nd Place

Lauren Hockema

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Austin, TX

Bridge to Terabithia”

Katherine Paterson

“Try harder, not like that, just go do something else!”

 

3rd Place

Ainsley Murnahan

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Keller, TX

“Perfect”

Ellen Hopkins

 “Your book, Perfect, has made me realize that the world
isn’t as innocent as it seems.”

 

Level III Grades 9-12

Placement

Winner

Letter

Hometown

Piece

Author

1st Place

Tiffany Wang

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Watch a reading of the letter

Denton, TX

The Year of the Dog”

Grace Lin

 “Your book saved my life – or, at least half, of it.

 

2nd Place

Alex Montellano

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Paris, Texas

The Giving Tree”

Shel Silverstein

“The open page of my copy of The Giving Tree begins with…”

 

3rd Place

Salma Ruiz

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Mission, Texas

“A Thousand Splendid Suns”

Khaled Hosseini

“All my life I have dealt with one simple yet confining and limiting fact…”

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