mass-center-for-the-bookAs students return to classrooms, Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB) enthusiastically welcomes readers in Grades 4 through 12 to participate in the perennially popular Letters About Literature (LAL) program. This annual writing contest encourages students to choose a book that has deeply resonated with them and to reflect on its personal impact in a letter to the author.

Editor’s note: Bedford student Calla Kahan-­Fagan’s letter was honored through this program in April, 2016

Students may write to any author (contemporary or classic) from any genre – fiction or nonfiction, poetry, drama – explaining how that author’s work promoted self-­‐ discovery or changed their view of the world.  Sponsored nationally by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, Letters About Literature is administered in the Commonwealth by the Massachusetts Center for the Book; MCB will honor a select group of letter-­‐writers at a State House awards ceremony in the Spring of 2017.

The top letter writer in each of three categories moves to the national competition. Over the past decade, our Commonwealth has annually ranked amongst the top states for participation rate; our honorees have earned three National Awards and five National Honor designations, along with a trip to the National Book Fest in Washington, DC, for two of our winners.

Contest details, entry forms, Massachusetts-­‐specific information, and lists and letters of past awardees may be found at­‐ about-­‐lit/guidelines/.

The 24th annual Letters About Literature program is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and funding from Massachusetts Center for the Book.

The Massachusetts Center for the Book, chartered as the Commonwealth Affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress is a public-­‐private partnership charged with developing, supporting and promoting cultural programming that advances the cause of books and reading and enhances the outreach potential of Massachusetts public libraries.

For more information, contact or call 617-­‐872-­‐3718.

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