[Libs-Or] Letters About Literature: materials now online

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Tue Sep 1 09:34:26 PDT 2009

Attention teachers and librarians who work with children and teens in 4th-12th grades:
Letters About Literature 2010 has begun! 
All entries must be postmarked December 12, 2009
Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing contest.  Students write letters to an author explaining how that author's book changed their way of thinking about the world or themselves.  There are three competition levels:  Level I for 4th-6th graders, Level II for 7th-8th graders, and Level III for 9th-12th graders.  Oregon's three winners (one from each competition level) will go on to compete nationally.
Librarians and teachers can download and print entry forms, bookmarks, and stickers to distribute to your students and patrons at: Lesson plans and an outline connecting Letters About Literature to national language arts and reading standards are available at:
All contest materials are available to download and print online:
Contest guidelines and entry forms: http://tiny.cc/oDowF 
Lesson Plans: http://tiny.cc/FtMlm 
Bookmarks: http://tiny.cc/uMDVy 
Stickers: http://tiny.cc/4Dd4M 
Poster: http://tiny.cc/896Yq 
In 2009 almost 1,200 students in Oregon entered the contest, and 1 in 11 of them received cash prizes or gift certificates to Borders bookstore. These prizes are made possible through support from the Oregon Reading Association, Oregon Association of School Libraries, and the Oregon Library Association's Children Services Division and Young Adult network.
At the national level 6 winners and 12 honorable mentions will be selected.  National winners receive a $500 Target gift certificate and a $10,000 grant to donate to the public or school library of the winner's choice.  Honorable mentions receive a $100 Target gift certificate and a $1,000 grant to donate to the public or school library of their choice.  Last year two of the national honor award winners were from Oregon!  The $1,000 donations went to Parkrose Middle School library and St. Mary's Academy both in Portland.  
Letters About Literature, and the national prizes, are possible thanks to the Center of the Book in the Library of Congress and Target Corporation. 
For more information contact Katie Anderson, coordinator of the Letters About Literature activities in Oregon.
Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us, 503-378-2528
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