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.

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

Celina Prieur


Read Celina's letter

 

Dallas, TX

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”

Mark Haddon

"Your book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time has changed me…”

 

2nd Place


Haylie Stobaugh

 

Read Haylie's
letter

Dallas, TX

Wonder”

R.J. Palacio

"I am writing to you because your book, Wonder, has changed my life, and I…"

 

3rd Place


Cash Carter

 

Read Cash's letter

Dallas, TX

“‘The Long Winter”

Laura Ingalls Wilder

"As I write this letter to you, I am sitting on a comfortable sofa, and I can smell…"

 

Level II Grades 7-8

Placement

Winner

Letter

Hometown

Piece

Author

1st Place

Cynthia N. Onyiorah

Read Cynthia's letter

McAllen, TX

“Nineteen Minutes”

Jodi Picoult

"Just the other day I was pondering about my life and the decisions…"

 

2nd Place

Archer Calder

Read Archer's letter

Cypress, TX

Out of My Mind”

Sharon Draper

"My name is Archer Calder and I am 12 years old."

 

3rd Place

Jimena I. Sotelo

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McAllen, TX

“The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer”

Michelle Hodkin

"I know it's an atypical subject for a letter; death."

 

Level III Grades 9-12

Placement

Winner

Letter

Hometown

Piece

Author

1st Place

Isabel Hu

Read Isabel's letter

League City, TX

The Poisonwood Bible”

Barbara Kingsolver

 “Throughout my entire life, I've imagined myself as a lonesome…”

 

2nd Place

Colby Menefee

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Buffalo, TX

Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church”

Lauren Drain

"This morning, I read a news article about a 13-year-old gay…”

 

3rd Place

Avery Gann

Read Avery's letter

Parker, TX

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”

J.K Rowling

 "In my lifetime, the Lord has tested me in many ways."

Page last modified: April 26, 2017