2018 Letters About Literature Winners! A graphic with a seal and a banner on the right, with the text Letters About Literature: Read. Be Inspired. Write Back. on the left.

A photo of the LAL winners at the Texas Library Association Texas Association of School Libraries Meeting. From left to right: Rebekah Manley, Baxter Lowrimore, Vicki Lozano, Adam Kessler, and Director and Librarian Mark Smith


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In 2017-2018, 1,640 Texas students entered the Letters About Literature Contest. Congratulations to all the winners. First place winners advanced to national judging. Two Texans received honorable mentions*!

All fourth-12th graders are invited to participate! Read a book or poem, and write a letter. You could be on this list! 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 lifelong readers.

 Level I Grades 4-6

Placement

Winner

Letter

Hometown

Piece

Author

1st Place

*Adam Kesselman

Read Adam's letter

Dallas, TX

The Keeper

Tim Howard

"I normally read books just for enjoyment but The Keeper was different.”

 

2nd Place


Serena Martin

 

Read Serena's
letter

Dallas, TX

The Fault in Our Stars

John Green

"When I was five years old, I was taken to the doctor's office after complaining of not feeling well for several days."

 

3rd Place


Hannah Gaswirth

 

Read Hannah's
letter

Dallas, TX

Number the Stars

Lois Lowry

"Most of the time letters start with an introduction, but I will start with a story about my heritage…"

 

Level II Grades 7-8

Placement

Winner

Letter

Hometown

Piece

Author

1st Place

*Baxter Lowrimore

Read Baxter's letter

Austin, TX

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan

"I remember the first book of yours that I ever read, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief."

 

2nd Place

Audrey Wong

Read Audrey's letter

Austin, TX

I Am Malala

Malala Yousafzai

"Watching the news as a six year old may seem insignificant to most young kids, but for me, it was a window into another world."

 

3rd Place

Caleb Lloyd

Read Caleb's letter

Midland, TX

The Road Not Taken

Robert Frost

"Two roads and one sheltered seven-year old with an unimaginable decision to be made."

 

Level III Grades 9-12

Placement

Winner

Letter

Hometown

Piece

Author

1st Place

Vicki Lozano

Read Vicki's letter

San Antonio, TX

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

Fredrik Backman

 “My grandpa is 84. He has dementia, and ha asks me how his Michael is, thinking I am my mother…”

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2nd Place

 Lauren Aung

Read Lauren's letter

Austin, TX

Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan

"I read your book, The Joy Luck Club, three summers ago.”

 

3rd Place

Isabel Bynum

Read Isabel's letter

San Antonio, TX

Falling in Love with Hominids --"The Smile on the Face

Nalo Hopkinson

 "If you saw me, the first thing you'd notice is that I'm fat."

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