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Letters About Literature

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with and in cooperation with affiliate state centers for the book including the Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library, invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to enter Letters About Literature, a national reading-writing contest. To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre-- fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic, explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or themselves.

There are three competition levels: Level I for children in grades 4 through 6; Level II for grades 7 and 8, and Level III, grades 9 - 12. Winners and finalists in each grade band will receive cash prizes and an assortment of age-appropriate books.

The 2013-2014 contest is underway. Letters for Level III must be postmarked by December 10, 2013. Level I and II letters must be postmarked by January 10, 2014. Visit http://www.read.gov/letters/ for official rules and free teaching materials, including lesson plans, assessment checklists, writing samples, plus teaching tips from many LAL teachers who have previously participated.

Download these materials to promote Letters About Literature in your library (each is a PDF file):

Entry form: http://library.ohio.gov/sites/default/files/LAL2014_EntryForm.pdf

Letter to librarians and educators from the Ohio Center for the Book about Letters About Literature:

http://library.ohio.gov/sites/default/files/LAL2014_ed_letter.pdf

Flyer-style poster to display in your library:

http://library.ohio.gov/sites/default/files/LAL2014_poster.pdf

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