2018 Letters About Literature Contest Winners Announced

Austin, Texas

Rebekah Manley
Coordinator, Texas Center for the Book

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.

2018 Letters About Literature Contest Winners Announced

Austin, Texas - Nine students have won the state round of the 2018 Letters About Literature competition, sponsored in part by the Texas Center for the Book. This national reading and writing program, initiated by the Library of Congress, encourages 4th-12th graders to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book has affected their lives. Nationally, almost 40,000 students wrote letters this year, and since 1997, over a million students have participated.

This year’s Texas winners responded to a diverse set of authors.

Level 1 (grades 4-6): 
1. Adam Kesselman of Dallas wrote to Tim Howard.
2. Serena Martin of Dallas wrote to John Green.
3. Hannah Gaswirth of Dallas wrote to Lois Lowry.

Level 2 (grades 7-8):
1. Baxter Lowrimore of Austin wrote to Rick Riordan.
2. Audrey Wong of Austin wrote to Malala Yousafzai.
3. Caleb Lloyd of Midland wrote Robert Frost.

Level 3 (grades 9-12):
1. Vicki Lozano of San Antonio wrote to Fredrik Backman.
2. Lauren Aung of Austin wrote to Amy Tan.
3. Isabel Bynum of San Antonio wrote to Nalo Hopkinson.

A total of 1,640 Texas students participated this year and shared their personal connections to literature. One hundred and eleven letters advanced 3rd round of judging at The Texas Center for the Book, an office of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Judges scored the letters based on organization, idea development, language and emotional connection.

On April 6th, first place winners will read their letters and be honored at the Texas Association of School Librarians meeting at the annual conference of the Texas Library Association in Dallas. These winning letters are now submitted for competition at the national level.

“Students made such profound connections with the written word,” commented Rebekah Manley, coordinator of the Texas Center for the Book.  “This opportunity takes words off pages, creates a heart connection to story and organically cultivates life-long readers.”

For a complete list of winners and their letters, visit: www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature.The Texas Center for the Book is one of 50 state centers affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, TCFB promotes books, literacy, and reading through various activities. For more information, visit tsl.texas.gov/centerforthebook.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information they need to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic, and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities.  For more information, visit tsl.texas.gov.

Rebekah Manley
Coordinator, Texas Center for the Book
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