Writers Who Inspire
Are kids still inspired by books?
Judging by the winning entries submitted by Maryland students for the most recent Letters About Literature contest, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
A national contest, Letters about Literature is one of the signature programs of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Coordinated locally by the Maryland Center for the Book, a program of MHC, this flourishing program continues to grow by leaps and bounds!
To participate, students in grades 4 -12 write a letter to their favorite author (living or dead) whose work has somehow changed their view of themselves or the world. Check out what high school student Maggie Tighe wrote to Aldous Huxley and see how sixth grader Karina Sharma connected to the character Esperanza in Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Esperanza Rising.
The inspiring letters submitted to Letters About Literature from over 1,000 Maryland students prove that great books lead to great insights. Books matter!
Don’t let your student miss the December 6 deadline for this year’s contest. Visit our website for information and guidelines.
Check back later to learn how one Letters About Literature made a difference in her community!