The Rhode Island Center for the Book at The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities honored the 2015 Letters About Literature award recipients at William Hall Library in Cranston on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015.
Close to 50,000 young readers from across the country participated in the national contest sponsored by the Center for the Book at the U.S. Library of Congress.
Teachers, librarians and parents submitted over 700 letters responding to the prompt: Write a personal letter to an author whose work (either fiction or nonfiction) changed your view of the world or yourself.
Level 1 State Winners
- Jayna Barrette, Grade 5, William Winsor Elementary, Greenville
Letter to: J.K. Rowling, author of The Harry Potter Series
- Mira Cheng, Grade 5, Hampden Meadows School, Barrington
Letter to: Wendy Mass, author of The Candy Maker
- Yael Goldstein, Grade 5, Hampden Meadows School, Barrington
Letter to: Dawn Fitzgerald, author of Getting in the Game
- Lila Salazar, Grade 5, Moses Brown School, Providence
Letter to: Malala Yousafzai, author of I am Malala
Level 2 State Winners
- Hannah Capron, Grade 8, Scituate Middle School
Letter to: Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House on the Prairie
Level 2 Honorable Mentions
- Emma Waters, Grade 7, LaSalle Academy
Letter to: Trenton Lee Stewart, author of The Mysterious Benedict Society
- Alexander Yeaw, Grade 8, Scituate Middle School
Letter to: Phil Kaye, author of Repetition
Level 3 State Winners
- Mirando Zito, Grade 9, Lincoln School
Letter to: Tomie DePaolo, author of Strega Nona
Level 3 Honorable Mentions
- Tyler Jackman, Grade 11, West Warwick High School
Letter to: Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
- Grace Miner, Grade 11, Individual Entry, East Greenwich High School
Letter to: Henry James, author of The Portrait of a Lady
- Joseph Paquette, Grade 11, West Warwick High School
Letter to: Elie Weisel, author of Night
The letters of the state’s winners and honorable mentions will be posted on the RI Center for the Book website, www.ribook.org.