Resources for Letter Writing Clinics

Guidelines & Entry Forms

The 2017/2018 Letters About Literature Guidelines & Entry Form [pdf] provides an overview of the contest and rules, as well as easy steps for entering letters in the contest. the 2018/2019 Letters about Literature Guidelines and Entry Form webstie is not yet available. It will be similar to the one used in 2017/18 and will be posted here as soon as it is available.

Teaching Guide

The Letters About Literature Teaching Guide [pdf] provides activities teachers and librarians can use to guide their students through the book discussion and letter-writing process. The guide addresses the LAL teaching strategies and ways in which the program can dovetail with national standards for teaching reading and writing as well as Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Also included are worksheets for duplication and assessment checklists.

Webinar for Educators

On October 25, 2017 the Library of Congress hosted a one-hour webinar exploring 25 years of best practices of the Letters About Literature program. Click here to view the program. Recording password: Letters123!

Past Winners

Listen to past winners (Ashley Xiques and Sydney Kohl) read their letters on NET Radio’s “All about Books” podcasts.

See a complete list of all past Nebraska winners on The Nebraska Center for the Book’s website at:

Visit the Library of Congress Website

Visit the Library of Congress: Letters About Literature official website for additional information about the contest as well as state and national winners.

Reflective Writing Assessment

Reflective writing challenges students to consider how their personal experiences and observations shape their thinking an acceptance of new ideas. Use this Reflective Writing Assessment (from Catherine Gourley, National Letters About Literature Program Manager) to help students understand the difference between reflective writing and a book report.

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Promote Your Clinic

Download these customizable posters and bookmarks to help promote your Clinic!
We suggest using Adobe Acrobat to customize these marketing materials, if you need help or tips about this process feel free to email Tessa Terry at the Nebraska Library Commission.


Example with customization:

4 up Bookmarks [PDF]

Legal size [PDF]
 Poster Letter

 Letter size [PDF]
Poster Tabloid

Tabloid size [PDF]

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