Volume 14 Spring 2004No. 1
A Publication of the Nebraska Center for the Book
Jackson Fisher of Lincoln Named Letters about Literature National Winner
|The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with Target Stores and in cooperation with Nebraska Center for the Book and Weekly Reader Corporation, is pleased to announce that a Nebraska student writer was selected as a national winner in the 2004 Letters about Literature contest.|
|Winners honored by Governor Mike Johanns (far right).|
|Jackson Fisher, Lincoln, was honored for his letter to Carl Hiaasen, author of Hoot.
Jackson, a fourth grader at Morley Elementary School, stated in his letter, “Your book has given me so many ideas. Ideas for today how to respect and act towards people I don’t yet know regardless of how different they appear. Ideas for tomorrow how to work together with other people and put my efforts towards a good cause. Ideas for my future how to use my imagination and spur new ideas so that I can someday create books for kids that are smart, funny, and suspenseful. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll read one of my books?” Readers in grades four through twelve wrote personal letters to authors, living or dead, from any genre (fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic) explaining how that work changed their way of thinking about the world or themselves
State-level winners from Nebraska are Kelsey Springsguth, St. Libory; Molly Keran, Lincoln; Amber Hoffman, Omaha; Philip Thrailkill, North Platte; and Alexander J. Lin, Lincoln. Honorable Mention was awarded to Paige Yowell and Stephanie Borgia, both of Lincoln.
Winners receive cash awards at the national and state levels. Nebraska winners were honored by the governor at a ceremony at the State Capitol. As a national winner, Jackson Fisher will receive a Target gift card and a trip to Washington D.C. to read his letter during the National Book Festival on October 9, 2004. The next contest is expected to begin this fall. For more information see www.loc.gov/loc/cfbook/letters.html. p
Book Award Nominations Sought
|The Nebraska Book Awards, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book and supported by the Nebraska Library Commission, recognizes and honors books written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska, or relating to Nebraska. Submit nominations for the 2004 Competition (books with a 2003 copyright) by June 30.
Books must be professionally published, have an International Standard Book Number (ISBN), and be bound. Books may be entered in one or more of the following categories: Anthology, Children/Young Adult, Cover Design/Illustrations, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Certificates will be awarded to the winners in each category. Award winners will be announced at the Nebraska Book Festival on September 17-18, 2004 at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The winning books will be displayed at the Book Festival. Winners are entitled to display award stickers on their book covers.
For more information and entry forms see the Library Commission home page, www.nlc.state.ne.us, search on NCB Book Awards or contact Mary Geibel, 402-471-2045, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Mary Geibel for print. Send the entry form, three copies of the book, and the $40 entry fee to NCB Book Awards, Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023. p
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