Letters About Literature
New Mexico’s Letters About Literature 2017
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. This is the fifth year New Mexico State Library has sponsored the competition.
The entry deadline was January 9, 2017. The New Mexico winners will be announced in April and an awards ceremony will take place in Santa Fe May 12, 2017.
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 may write about works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Entries in Spanish were accepted and will be translated for the New Mexico judges. 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.
State judges will select the top letter writers in New Mexico, who then advance to the national competition. One winning letter from each level from each state is entered into the final national competition.
Level 1 - Veronica N. Gonzales, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, Santa Fe
Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer, State Librarian, New Mexico State Library, Department of Cultural Affairs, Santa Fe
Ben Wakashige, Retired New Mexico State Librarian, Rio Rancho
Level 2 – Kristina Carter, Youth Services Librarian, Colvis-Carver Public Library
Corey Bard, Director, Ruidoso Public Library
Elizabeth Martinez, New Mexico Library Commission, Santa Fe
Level 3 - John W. Byram, Director, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque
Susan E. Beck, Professor and Head of Access Services, New Mexico State Univerity Library, Las Cruces
Sarah Stark, Author, Santa Fe
Letters About Literature is sponsored by the New Mexico State Library, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Letters About Literature is also sponsored by The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.