The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress
in cooperation with
The Center for the Book at the NH State Library
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New Hampshire's 2013 Winners
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.
Allayna Rose Weber, Keene
Angad Chugh, Nashua
Elizabeth Powers, Amherst
Elizabeth Ross, Nashua
Emily Lacasse, Pembroke
Emily Tucker, Keene
Emma Halloran, Milford
Faith Buttrick, Milford
Falon Smith, Milford
Jaden Carrier, Hollis
Jana Stich, Dunbarton
Jon Panus, Warren
Kyla Bourque, Hampstead
Mason Illies, Pembroke
Natasha Lynn Lockwood, Canaan
Zachary Corliss, Warren
Emma Forman, Lebanon
Maddie Brown, Lebanon
Marieli Rojas, Londonderry
Riann Tang, Lebanon
Sarah Catherine Lappin, Lebanon
Abby Chellis, Meriden
Adam Cataldo, North Haverhill
Colin Loftus, Hollis
Collin Cederberg, Milford
Daniel Smith, Hollis
Emilie Tousignant, Hollis
Emily May, North Haverhill
Emma Bruseo, Brookline
Gabrielle Guarino, Meriden
Greta Hazelton, Meriden
Jacob Pixley, Meriden
Jillian C. Perriello, Meriden
Joseph D'Angelo, North Haverhill
Juliet Pearsall, Milford
Lou LeRoux, Durham
Madi Stringer, Durham
Mady Chambers, Durham
Mary Spielman, Durham
Nicholas L. Selmer, Milford
Nicole Sprague, Milford
Noah Hodges, Milford
Simren Bhogal, Hollis
|There were 2 students, in addition to those listed above, who were honored as NH semi-finalists but as of 4/30/3013 had not given us permission to announce their names.
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.
Deadlines & Dates
Please note that competition levels for 2013 are different than in previous years.
Level I for students in grades 4-6
Level II for grades 7 and 8
Level III for grades 9 and 10
STATE LEVEL: The winning letter in New Hampshire on each competition level will be selected by a panel of New Hampshire judges and will receive a cash award of $100 from the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library. These letters will then advance for national judging.
NATIONAL LEVEL: A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select one National Winner per competition level to receive a $1,000 cash award. The judges will also select one second place winner on each competition level to receive a $150 cash award. Additional details are available on the LAL National's FAQ.
Resources for Teachers
Thousands of teachers have found Letters About Literature a valuable classroom project. The LAL National website includes Lesson Plans to assist teachers in guiding their students through the book discussion and writing process.
A Teacher's Guide providing classroom activities and black line masters to assist teachers in guiding their students through the book discussion and writing process was developed for past LAL competitions and may help you integrate this competition into your classroom. The unit has four lessons that take readers from prewriting discussions through writing and finally assessment.
If you have questions about Letters About Literature in New Hampshire please contact Mary Russell at 603-271-2866.
Past New Hampshire LAL Winners
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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