Letters About Literature contest. The annual contest encourages young readers to read a book and write a letter to the author about how the book changed their view of the world or themselves. Students can write about works of fiction, nonfiction or poetry, and letter writers compete at one of three levels: Level 1 is grades 4-6, Level 2 is grades 7-8, and Level 3 is grades 9-12.
Annabelle wrote to author John Green about his book “Looking for Alaska.” In her letter, she mentioned the death of a classmate and how it affected her emotionally. A phrase in the book, "everything that comes together must fall apart," resonated with her, teaching her to think differently and have hope for the future.
Annabelle attended an awards ceremony on Friday, May 12 at the State Capitol where she received an award certificate signed by Secretary of State Kim Wyman and State Librarian Cindy Aden. Annabelle also received a $125 cash award and read her letter from the podium. Her letter touched many people in the audience, and the State Librarian Cindy Aden felt compelled to give Annabelle a hug after her reading.
Nearly 3,000 Washington students submitted letters for the 2017 contest. Annabelle’s letter was chosen as the top letter from more than 1,500 other entries in the Level 2 category. As one of the three state champions, Annabelle’s letter has been sent to the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress for the national competition. The results of the national judging will be announced in May.
You can watch the awards ceremony from the State Capitol online by clicking here. Skip forward to the 27:00 mark if you want to just watch Annabelle’s portion. You can also read Annabelle’s winning letter by clicking here.