This Saturday I’m going to do something that I will greatly enjoy. I’ll speak in Warrensburg to Missouri’s 2015-16 winners of the LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE contest, which is promoted by Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year.
I love the idea! It encourages students to think about a favorite author, read a book by that person, consider in what ways its message seems important to the student, and write a letter expressing his/her feelings. I’m eager to meet this year’s winners and congratulate them and their families. This is not a small thing!