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Contact: Rebekah Manley
AUSTIN – The Library of Congress recently announced the winners of the national Letters About Literature Competition, and two Texans received honorable mention for their letters. Baxter Lowrimore of Austin won an honorable mention for his letter to author Rick Riordan, and Adam Kesselman of Dallas also received an honorable mention for his letter to author Tim Howard.
Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing program initiated by the Library of Congress that encourages 4th-12th graders to write a letter to an author (living or deceased) to tell them how their writing has affected their lives. Almost 40,000 students in the United States wrote letters this year, and Adam and Baxter were chosen, along with seven other Texas winners, from 1,640 letters written by Texas students.
“I am so proud of these outstanding students,” said Mark Smith, Texas State Library and Archives Commission Director and Texas State Librarian. “Their letters were truly inspiring, and for Texas to have two of the nine national honorees is a tremendous achievement.”
Baxter and Adam will both receive a $200 prize. Out of the 1,640 Texas letters, 111 letters advanced to the third round of judging at The Texas Center for the Book, a unit within the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Judges scored the letters based on organization, idea development, language and emotional connection.
“Letters About Literature provides an authentic writing experience for students to reflect on their own reading and connect with an author,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “As a librarian, I know first-hand how important the link is between reading and writing. Children who read will write better and children who write will read more.”
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.