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Letters About Literature is a national reading contest for students sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Illinois Center for the Book and other participating state centers for the book.
The program invites 4th - 12th grade students to read a book of their choice, reflect on it and write a letter to the author explaining how the book changed their life of view of the world. Students can enter Letters About Literature on their own or through their schools, libraries or youth organizations.
The are three levels of participation: Level I for grades 4 - 6, Level II for grades 7 - 8, and Level III for grades 9 - 12. One Illinois winner will be selected for each level and receive a $200 award. Teachers of the winning students receive a $100 award to purchase materials for their school library. Winners and teachers will be invited to an awards ceremony in Springfield. The state winners' letters are forwarded for national judging. One national winner in each of the three competition levels will receive $1,000 cash award and one national honor in each level will receive a $200 cash award.
The competition is currently in the judging phase. State winners will be formally announced in May.