Letters about Literature

January 5, 2018

The sophomores in Ms. Chesley’s English 2 Honors classes participated in the Letters about Literature program, a national reflective reading and writing contest for students grades 4-12.  Sponsored by the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book, the contest requires students to write to an author, living or dead, and reflect upon how that author’s book affected them personally.  Students may also write to a poet about his or her poetry. 

Forty students wrote letters and sent them in December to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  The letters are evaluated in two rounds, and those that meet or excel in the requirements of both rounds are then sent back to the state affiliates.  Each state and its Center for the Book selects winners at three levels, Level 3 being the high school level. 

Below is a good example of one of the letters sent in December.  Daniel Con wrote to  Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games.

Click here to read EXAMPLE LETTER

The winners will probably be announced for Nebraska in February or March.