Letters About Literature
Guidelines for the 2018-19 Letters About Literature program are now available to view and download here.
Level One – Elementary (Grades 4 -6)
Maya Tratt, 6th grade – Westchester Day School, Mamaroneck, NY
Level Two – Middle (Grades 7-8)
Pepe Baselga-Garriga, 8th grade – Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York, NY
Level Three – High (Grades 9-12)
Lila Villasenor, 9th grade – Clarkstown High School South, West Nyack, NY
Level 1 (grades 4-6) - Odelya Bergner-Phillips - grade 5, Hunter College Elementary School
Level 2 (grades 7-8) - Mika Langel - grade 8, Great Neck South Middle School
Level 3, (grades 9-12) - Madison Mangogna - grade 11, Great Neck South High School
Ava Jajfe, Violet Fearon and John Finnie-Maloney
Aissatou Toure, Helen Schauffler and Julianna Yu
2016 Letters About Literature Information
The Empire State Center for the Book is a participant in the national Letters About Literature program sponsored by the Library of Congress’ National Center for the Book. New York State students in grades 4-12 are eligible to participate in the state program. The state winners in the three age categories go on to represent New York on the National Level.
The program has student readers write to an author, living or dead, describing how that author’s work somehow changed the reader’s view of the world or himself/herself. Readers respond to the book they’ve read by exploring the personal relationship between themselves, the author, and the book’s characters or themes.
There are three competition levels:
Once again LAL Level 3 will be open to students in grades 9 through 12. The deadline for entries for Level 3 is December 15, 2015.
Entries for Levels 1 and 2 will be accepted through January 15, 2016. Entry guidelines are available on the www.read.gov/letters/ website for all competition levels.
NYS Letters about Literature Winners & Finalists:
The Empire State Center for the Book’s Letters About Literature program will select a state winner and two finalists in each of the three age categories. The winners will be recognized at the New York State Writers Hall of Fame Gala in June.
National winners, announced in late April, receive additional prizes.
For more information contact:
Ellen Rubin, NYS Letters About Literature Coordinator
Information on previous years' winners