Stephen Siwinski

Communications Officer

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Partners with Library of Congress to Produce Letters About Literature Video

Thursday, September 28, 2017 • Austin, Texas • News Release

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission partnered with the Library of Congress to produce an instructional video to encourage students in grades 4-12 to enter the Letters About Literature Reading and Writing Contest. The video resource will be used by educators and parents to help students better understand the details behand the national literature competition.

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. If you are in grades 4-12, you are eligible to enter the Letters About Literature reading and writing contest.

The 2017-18 Letters About Literature contest for young readers is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which promotes the contest through its affiliate Centers for the Book, state libraries and other organizations.

The deadline for entries is January 8, 2018.

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