Reception for the 2011 Letters about Literature Finalists and Winners at the Princeton University Art Museum

The New Jersey Center for the Book reception for the 86 finalists and winners in the Library of Congress / NJ Center for the Book 2011 Letters About Literature essay competition was held at the Princeton Art Museum, Princeton University, on Wednesday, May 11th, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

Letters About Literature is a national reading promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, presented in partnership with Target and affiliated state centers for the book.

The task for young readers is to, “Write a letter to an author explaining how his or her work somehow changed your view of the world or yourself.”

There are three levels of competition:

  • Level I: Grades 4-6
  • Level II: Grades 7-8
  • Level III: Grades 9-12.

Once again, New Jersey has a NATIONAL HONOR WINNER from among the 69,700 entries nationwide. In addition to a $100 gift card from Target, National Honor Prize winners will also secure a $1,000 Letters About Literature Reading Promotion Grant, courtesy of Target, for a community or school library.

2011 NJ Letters About Literature Winners

The full text of the First Place winning essay in each level may be found by clicking on the URL below.

Daeun Kim, Northern Valley Regional High School, Old Tappan, NJ. Level Three (Grades 9-12), First Place, NJ State award.

Daeun wrote to Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner

Read Daeun’s letter here: http://www.njcenterforthebook/letters-about-literture-first-place-level-3-2011/

Emma Burns, William Allen Middle School, Moorestown, NJ. Level Two (Grades 7-8), First Place, NJ State award.

Emma wrote to Judee Blanco, author of Please Stop Laughing at Me

Read Emma’s letter here: http://www.njcenterforthebook/letters-about-literture-first-place-level-2-2011-2/

William Feng, Bobby’s Run School, Lumberton, NJ. Level One (Grades 4-6), First Place, NJ State award.

William wrote to Ben Carson, author of Ben Carson

Read William’s letter here:  http://www.njcenterforthebook/letters-about-literture-first-place-level-1-2011/

Letters About Literature