From Texas.gov Letters About Literature:
In 2018-2019, 1,617 Texas students entered the Letters About Literature Contest. Congratulations to all the winners. First place winners advanced to national judging. Two Texans received honorable mentions!
All fourth-12th graders are invited to participate! Read a book or poem, and write a letter. You could be on this list! For more information about the contest, see the Letters About Literature page.
Teachers, librarians, parents, neighbors, and beyond— please share this opportunity and cultivate a love of reading. As you will read in the winners’ entries, this contest takes words off pages, creates a heart connection to story, and organically cultivates lifelong readers.
Level I – Grades 4 Through 6
1st Place Winner: Asha Blewett – from Addison, TX
Read Asha’s letter about “Moon at Nine” by Deborah Ellis
“If you took one good look at me, you would see a petite, overlooked twelve-year old girl struggling to find her own path.”
Level II Grades 7-8
1st Place Winner: Danielle Weatherwax – from Dallas, TX
Read Danielle’s letter about “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas
“I often feel as if I have to put on a mask and become someone else to be viewed as “socially acceptable.” I must toe the line between myself and diplomacy, be just nice enough, just quiet enough, to pass for another ‘normal’ person. Celaena’s character in Throne of Glass resonated with me like no character had before.”
Level III Grades 9-12
1st Place Winner: Evelyn Wilson – from Houston, TX
Read Evelyn’s letter about “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green Ellis
“Last Christmas Eve, I had a panic attack on the floor of my laundry room.”
Read more letters here: Letters About Literature