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New Hampshire Students are Invited to Enter Letters About Literature 2017!

Letters About Literature is a national reading-writing contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Students are asked to write to a favorite author—past or present—describing how that author’s work changed the reader’s view of the world. Readers respond to the book they’ve read by exploring the personal relationship between themselves, the author and the book’s characters or themes. Readers may select authors, living or dead, from any genre—fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic.
A wide variety of books have inspired students whose letters were selected as New Hampshire semi-finalists in recent years.

Timeline

  • Entries will be accepted beginning November 2, 2016.
  • All entries MUST be accompanied by a complete and legible entry coupon, which is on the 2016-2017 LAL Guidelines.
  • Letters entered at Level 3 (grades 9-12) must be postmarked by December 2, 2016.
  • Letters entered at Level 1 (grades 4-6) and Level 2 (grades 7-8) must be postmarked by January 9, 2017.
  • New Hampshire semi-finalists will be notified by mail in early April 2017.
  • A panel of New Hampshire judges will select one letterat each competiion level for the state prize (of $100).
  • New Hampshire's winning letters will be announced in early May 2017.
  • National winners will be announced in May 2017.

An LAL teaching guide was created by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The Letters About Literature Teaching GuideAdobe Acrobate provides activities teachers can use to guide their students through the book discussion and letter-writing process. The guide addresses the LAL teaching strategies and ways in which the program can dovetail with national standards for teaching reading and writing as well as Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Also included are worksheets for duplication and assessment checklists.

Questions?

If you have questions about Letters About Literature in New Hampshire please contact Mary Russell at 603-271-2866.

 

Past New Hampshire LAL Winners

Liliana Pistor, a sixth grader at Captain Samuel Douglass Academy (Brookline), wrote the 2016 Level I NH winning letter to R. J. Palacio.

Anthony Perriello, an eighth grade student at Plainfield Elementary School (Meriden), wrote the letter that was selected as the 2016 Level II NH winning letter to Paul Volponi.

Kaitlyn Grant, a senior at Somersworth High School and Career Technical Center, wrote the 2016 Level III NH winning letter to Neil Hilborn.

Zachary Cassidy, a fourth grader at Infant Jesus School (Nashua), wrote the 2015 Level I NH winning letter to Robert Lawson.

Emmy Goyette, a student in the eighth grade at Oyster River Middle School (Durham), wrote the letter that was selected as the 2015 Level II NH winning letter to Laurie Halse Anderson. Emmy's letter was also selected for a National Honor Award.

Joonho Jo, a tenth grader at Philips Exeter Academy, wrote the 2015 Level III NH winning letter to Chinua Achebe.

Salina Chadbourne, a sixth grader at Three Rivers School (Pembroke), wrote the 2014 Level I NH winning letter to Patricia Reilly Giff.

Anna Meldrum, a student in the eighth grade at Milford Middle School, wrote the letter that was selected as the 2014 Level II NH winning letter to Ben Mikealson.

Leah Stagnone, a senior at Campbell High School (Litchfield), wrote the 2014 Level III NH winning letter to Stephen Chbosky.

Elizabeth Ross, a fifth grader at Infant Jesus School, wrote the 2013 Level I NH winning letter to Rick Riordan.

Jillian C. Perriello, a student in the eighth grade at Plainfileld Elementary School, wrote the 2013 Level II NH winning letter to Nicholas Sparks.

Maddie Brown , a sophomore at Lebanon High School wrote the letter that was selected as the 2013 Level III NH winner to Stephen Crane.

Jaden Carrier, a fifth grader at Infant Jesus School, wrote the 2012 Level I NH winning letter to David Lubar .

Isabelle Todd, a student in the eighth grade at Oyster River Middle School, wrote the 2012 Level II NH winning letter to Natasha Friend.

Christopher Maloney, a senior at Goffstown High School wrote the letter that was selected as the 2012 Level III NH winner to Christopher Paolini .

Drew L. Stetson, a fifth grader at Stratham Memorial School, wrote the 2011 Level I NH winning letter to Robert Frost.

Erin Angel Choate, a student at Lisbon Regional School, wrote the 2011 Level II NH winning letter to David Pelzer.

Jake Tinkham, a senior at Gilford High School wrote the letter that was selected as the 2011 Level III NH winner to Brian Jacques.

A letter to Judy Blume from Kristin Chan, a fifth grader at Infant Jesus School (Nashua, NH), was selected as 2010 Level I NH winner.

Lauren Kiessling , a student at Haverhill Cooperative Middle School, wrote the 2010 Level II NH winning letter to Jodi Picoult.

Sarah Schott, a student at Belmont High School wrote the letter that was selected as the 2010 Level III NH winner to John Irving.

A letter to Lois Lowry from Peyton Plante, a sixth grader at Three Rivers School, was selected as 2009 Level I NH winner.

Merisa Dion, an eighth grader at West Running Brook Middle School in Derry, wrote the 2009 Level II NH winning letter to Allen Say.

A letter to Martha Tod Dudman from Heather Coen of Hopkinton was selected as the 2009 Level III NH winner.

A letter to Beverly Cleary from Angela Wang of Nashua, was chosen as the 2008 Level I NH winner.

A letter to Carolyn Mackler from Sydnie Spencer, a student at Oyster River Middle School, was the Level II 2008 New Hampshire winner.

A letter to Jodi Picoult from Livie Lane of Dover was the Level III New Hampshire winner for 2008.

Letter to Frances Hodgson Burnett from Marissa McCoo of Pembrook was chosen as the 2007 Level I NH winner.

Letter to Davida Wills Hurwin from Livie Lane of Dover was the Level II New Hampshire winner for 2007.

Letter to Anne Rice from Rachel Arnold, a student at Milford High School, was the Level III 2007 New Hampshire winner.

Letter to Natalie Babbitt from Izzy Starr of Hollis was chosen as the 2006 Level I NH winner.

Letter to Jenni Schaefer from Kylee Drugan-Eppich of Madbury was chosen as the 2006 NH Level II winner and as a runner-up in the national competition.

Letter to Rowland Sill from Steve Therrien of Exeter was the 2006 Level III NH winner.

Letter to Patricia Polacco from Shauna Casey, a homeschooled student from Salem, was chosen as the 2005 Level I NH winner.

Letter to Thornton Wilder from Evelyn Bulkeley, a student at the Runnemede School in Plainfield, was chosen as the 2005 Level II NH winner.

Letter to Candace Goldapper from Samantha Lo, a student at Thorntons Ferry School in Merrimack, was chosen as the 2004 Level I NH winner.

Letter to Tamora Pierce from Helen H. Aki, a homeschooled student from Weare, was chosen as the 2004 Level II NH winner.

Letter to Stephanie S. Tolan from Zoe Cannon, a homeschooled student from Nottingham, was chosen as the 2004 Level III NH winner.

 

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