LAL encourages young readers (grades 4-12) to write to the author of a book expressing how that book changed their view of themselves or the world. This contest not only promotes reading and writing, but also inspires creativity in young people and encourages them to be life-long readers. It develops critical reading and writing skills that students need to be successful both in their school careers and as adults. Fans of any genre, fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or the classics, are invited to participate, with the chance to receive awards and recognition at the state and national level.
In 2017, 1,877 young readers submitted letters to the council’s Letters About Literature contest and 58 Maryland schools participated. Finalists will be announced later in 2017.
This program is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.