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Congratulations to all the winners of the 2020-2021 Letters About Literature Texas Contest.
All 4th-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 home 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 Through 6
1st Place Winner: Reese Owen - from Austin, TX
Read Reese's letter about The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
"When I read your book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, I thought to myself: why is Edward so conceited and proud?”
2nd Place Winner: Caroline Mebane - from Austin, TX
Read Caroline's letter about On Her Own Two Feet by Meredith Davis and Rebeka Uwitonze
"When I first read your book, On Her Own Two Feet, I felt many different emotions: happy, sad and intrigued."
3rd Place Winner: Davis Martin - from Austin, TX
Read Davis's letter about Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
"Thank you, thank you for everything you have done for me."
Level II Grades 7-8
1st Place Winner: Max Yan - from Dallas, TX
Read Max's letter about Wonder by R. J. Palacio
"Your novel Wonder has done more to inspire me than you could ever imagine."
2nd Place Winner: Darby Rosetta - from Lubbock, TX
Read Darby's letter about Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
"For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out why identity was such a struggle for anyone."
3rd Place Winner: Abigail Durnin - from Leander, TX
Read Abigail's letter about Dear Evan Hansen by Steven Levenson
"My parents divorced when I was five."
Level III Grades 9-12
1st Place Winner: Olivia O'Reilly - from Houston, TX
Read Olivia's letter about The Chosen by Chaim Potok
“My family prides themselves off of being New Yorkers, claiming that they know every corner of New York like the back of their hands.”
2nd Place Winner: Cara Shield - from Beaumont, TX
Read Cara's letter about When Death Comes by Mary Oliver
"Your introduction into my life was just one of those happy accidents, one that changed something deep in me."
3rd Place Winner: Andi Lopez - from New Braunfels, TX
Read Andi's letter about Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
"Like you, it's always been about the books."