•  Letters About Literature

    Letters About Literature is an annual national reading and writing program that invites students to read a book, poem, or play of their choice and write a letter to the author about how the work changed their life or view of the world.  Students can enter on their own or through their schools, libraries or other youth organizations.
    There are three levels of participation: Level I for grades 4-6, Level II for grades 7-8 and Level III for grades 9-12.  One Illinois winner will be selected for each level and receive a $200 cash award.   Teachers/Librarians of the winning students will receive a $100 cash award to purchase materials for their school/public library.  Winners and teachers/librarians will be invited to an awards ceremony in Springfield.  The state winners’ letters will be forwarded for national judging. 
    *NEW this year – Entries will be accepted online for students age 13 and over beginning November 1st.  Written submissions will be accepted for all ages until the entry deadline of December 14, 2018.  To enter by mail, complete an entry coupon for each entry and mail to:
                   Letters About Literature
                   Competition Level (indicate Level 1, 2 or 3)
                   Illinois Center for the Book
                   Illinois State Library
                   300 South Second Street
                   Springfield, IL 62701
    State winners will be announced in May 2019.
    Other information about the program is available at the Letters About Literature page of the Illinois Center for the Book website (http://cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/center_for_the_book/letters.html) including:   
    ·         2018-19 Official Rules
    ·         Teaching Guide
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