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Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, presented in partnership with Target Stores. LAL encourages young readers in grades 4-12 to explore and express their personal responses to a book or poem by writing a letter to the author explaining how the work changed their understandings or views. Submissions are judged in three grade-level competition categories at both the state and national levels. State winners were recognized at the Alabama Book Festival in April.

National winners will be announced by the National Center for the Book in May.

For more information on the Letters About Literature program, including guidelines and how to enter, visit


2011 Alabama Winners

2010 Alabama Winners

2009 Alabama Winners

2008 Alabama Winners

2007 Alabama Winners

2006 Alabama Winners


Teaching Materials

Educators: use the following materials to integrate Letters About Literature into your curriculum.

Lesson Plans and Teacher's Guide

How to Enter


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