Library of Congress Letters About Literature National Writing Contest

Certificates for Your Students

New! We are pleased to offer you the ability to print or download certificates of completion for your students for their Letters About Literature submission. Start here.

Webinar for Educators

On October 25, 2017 the Library hosted a one-hour webinar exploring 25 years of best practices of the Letters About Literature program. Click here to view the program. Recording password: Letters123!

Teaching Guide

The Letters About Literature Teaching Guide provides activities teachers can use to guide their students through the book discussion and letter-writing process. The guide addresses the LAL teaching strategies and ways in which the program can dovetail with curriculum for teaching reading and writing. Also included are worksheets for duplication and assessment checklists.

Teacher Guide to Letters About Literature

Dear Rick Riordan:

...Nico’s struggle with accepting himself really resonated with me, and still does to this day. The first time I read it, I was probably twelve, and going through a struggle of my own. Like Nico, I was trying to navigate my own sexual orientation, and I was having trouble coming to grips with it. But when I saw I wasn’t alone in this, and that it was okay to feel how I felt, I really started to both accept myself and be proud of who I was. You never know how helpful it is to see someone going through the same things you are, even if it’s in a book...

Baxter Lowrimore
Austin, Texas
2018 National Honor Award Winner – Level 2