[kids-lib] 2013 Letters About Literature Contest Has Begun

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Wed Oct 31 09:47:50 PDT 2012

Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. 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-10th graders. Oregon's three winners, one from each competition level, will go on to compete nationally. Entry forms and guidelines are now available online at http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/aboutlit.aspx. All entries must be postmarked January 11, 2013.

Librarians and teachers can download and print bookmarks and stickers to distribute to students and patrons. Lesson plans and an outline connecting Letters About Literature to Common Core State Standards for English language arts are available online at http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/aboutlit.aspx#Promotional_Material_and_Resources.

Last school year, over 800 students in Oregon entered the contest, and 1 in 11 of them received cash prizes or bookstore gift certificates. 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.

Please visit the website<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/aboutlit.aspx> or contact me for more information.


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

October is Information Literacy Month! Learn more here<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/resources/InformationLiteracyMonth.aspx>.

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