A Book That Shaped Me Writing Contest

The "A Book That Shaped Me" Letters About Literature Summer Writing Contest encourages rising 5th & 6th graders to reflect on books that have made a personal impact on their lives. The contest is administered through local public library systems in the Mid-Atlantic region, and top winners are honored at the Library of Congress National Book Festival.

When does the contest run?

May 3, 2017 – July 8, 2017

Who can participate?

Rising 5th & 6th Graders (students who will be entering 5th or 6th grade next fall).

How to enter?

Write a short letter to your local librarian on a book that has had a personal impact on your life.

Books have the power to shape us by changing the ways we think and feel. Think about a book that made a difference in your life. It could be your favorite book, one that you read at school or as part of this year’s summer reading program. How did it make you feel? Did it change the way you see yourself, your family or the world? Choose one book – it can be fiction or nonfiction – and write a short letter about how it had a personal impact on your life.

  • Write a one-page letter. (Begin it with “Dear Librarian” or use the name of your local children’s librarian.)
  • Use examples from the book to make your points.
  • Your letter will be judged on content, structure (spelling and grammar) and creativity.
  • Your letter may be typed or hand-written.

Submit your letter in-person by Saturday, July 8, 2017 to a participating public library in the Mid-Atlantic region, along with a completed contest entry form containing your parent or guardian’s signature.