Lily Pumphrey, a Jefferson Intermediate School student in Pella, won third place in Level I of this year’s Iowa Letters about Literature writing contest for her letter to author Kate DeCamillo about her book “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.” Pumphrey’s teacher is Christy Roozeboom.
Governor Terry Branstad was this year’s guest speaker at an awards ceremony for winners and honorable mentions recently at the Des Moines Public Library.
To enter, young readers write a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves. Readers can select authors from any genre – fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic. The students’ letters may be written to an author from the past or present. The contest theme encourages young readers to explore his or her personal response to a book, and then express that response in a creative, original way.
There were 50,000 entries from across the country in the 2014 Letters About Literature contest. The national Letters About Literature office read all these entries and returned the top letters to each state. A panel of Iowa judges for each of the three levels met to discuss the finalist entries and select Iowa’s first second and third place winners and three honorable mentions in each level.
“Iowa continues to be at the forefront in promoting the reflective reading and writing required by this contest,” said Robin Martin, Coordinator for the Iowa Center for the Book. “Iowa is among the top five participating states.
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 the Iowa Center for the Book. The mission of the Iowa Center for the Book is to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy and libraries. For more information, visit http://www.iowacenterforthebook.org/letters. Iowa’s winning letters will soon be available to read on the website.