Congratulations to all the winners of the 2021-2022 Letters About Literature Texas Contest.
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
1st Place Winner: Alexandra Akins - from Austin, TX
Read Alexandra's letter about Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
"I used to think that life is amazing, except for the rocky parts, especially death.”
2nd Place Winner: Arhaan V Iyer - from Addison, TX
Read Arhaan's letter about No Summit Out Of Sight by Jordan Romero
with Linda LeBlanc
"If I were to describe myself in one word it would be goal-oriented."
3rd Place Winner: Josie Selfridge - from Addison, TX
Read Josie's letter about The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
"“Again?” my parents asked 3-year-old me."
Level II Grades 7-8
1st Place Winner: Kaden Rice - from Dallas, TX
Read Kaden's letter about Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
"Your novel Far from the Tree forced me to consider the hardships that adoptive children face."
2nd Place Winner: Elaine Carté-Engel - from Dallas, TX
Read Elaine's letter about Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
"The first time I read your book I didn't understand it."
3rd Place Winner: Emma Ton - from Austin, TX
Read Emma's letter about The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
"Even though I read your book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, two years
ago, it still holds a special place in my heart."
Level III Grades 9-12
1st Place Winner: Shamika Agrawal - from Austin, TX
Read Shamika's letter about American Betiya by Anuradha D. Rajurkar
“Your book, American Betiya, changed my life.”
2nd Place Winner: Emily Hoang - from Pasadena, TX
Read Emily's letter about Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
"When I first picked up one of your books, I have to admit that I was
simply crossing The Lightning Thief off the long list of classic YA fantasy series."
3rd Place Winner: Frida Gonzalez - from Pasadena, TX
Read Frida's letter about Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
"To say that your book changed my life would be an understatement."