Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Certain books and stories stay with you forever. Maybe they mirrored what you’re feeling or changed the way you looked at life or marked a person or place in your life. I remember the summer after I graduated high school sitting in a Laundromat on a 100 degree day in Chicago reading Annapurna, a woman’s place by Arlene Blum. Along with avalanches and tragedies, there was a sense of the possible. It was a glimpse of the adventures I was tentatively stepping toward. Through the years I have often sent out thoughts of gratitude to the authors that have added color and context to my day to day, capturing what I have neither the patience nor the talent to put into words.

Has a book ever had a major impact on your life? If so, you should enter Washington State's Letters About Literature 2012. “Letters About Literature encourages young readers to read a book and write a letter to the author about how the book changed their view of the world…. Readers in grades 4-12 write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work shaped their perspective on the world or themselves. Students can write about works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Entries in Spanish will be accepted and translated for the Washington State judges. State judges will select the top letter writers in Washington, who then advance to the national competition. Letter writers compete at three levels: Level I is grades 4-6; Level II is grades 7-8; and Level III is grades 9-12. One letter from each level from each state is entered into the national competition.

Click here for guidelines and individual entry forms .

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