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West Virginia Center for the Book: Letters About Literature



Letters about Literature is a national reading promotion program that encourages students to write a letter to an author, living or dead, explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s perception of his or her self, or of the world. 


2015 West Virginia Top Honors Winners

The top three essayists of each competition level receives a cash award from the West Virginia Humanities Council. The first-place winners in each state advance for national judging.

Level 1 (Grades 4-6) -  Devlin Daugherty -Top Honors

Makayla Hilton - Honors

Jackson Ward - Honors

Level 2 (Grades 7-8) – Name withheld by request - Top Honors

Alexis Bragg - Honors

Olivia Dowler - Honors

Level 3 (Grades 9-12) – Jamey Perrine - Top Honors

Cynthia Shi - Honors

Alison Whitener - Honors




"Your books brought light to my life.  They taugfht me to love to read and comforted me during troubling times in my life." - to Rick Riordan, author of Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

"You are the one that helped me overcome my fears of being different." -  to God, author of the Holy Bible.   

"Your story made me a better person and taught me an important life lesson." - to J.K. Rowling, author of The Harry Potter Series.


"When I found myself crying with you as you described the numberous hardships and abuse that you faced, I also celebrated the fact that you were able to escape your difficult situation and used something so horrific to inspire others." - to Dave Pelzer, author of A Child Named It.

"... I would like to express to you just how much a small poem of yours has completely and utterly changed my mindset and the way I view our society as a whole." - to Alysia Chendemi, author of The Smoke.

"Thank you for making me see that it does not matter how many hours you are given in life.  It matters what you do with them." - to John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars.


“My idol is a reflection of you, Mrs. Levine, but instead of a relection in a mirror, its ink on a page." - to Gail Carson Levine, author of Ella Enchanted.

 "Thank you for creating a tighter bond in my family." - Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events. 

"I have come to the conslusion, thats to you, that there's just as much beauty in the world as there is evel." - to Anne Frank, author of The Diary of a Young Girl.


  Contact Information

West Virginia Center for the Book

Coordinator: Annie McMillion

Phone: 304-558-3978             Fax: 304-558-1612

West Virginia Library Commission
1900 Kanawha Blvd East | Culture Center, Bldg. 9 | Charleston, WV 25305
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