Past Letters About Literature Winners Illinois Center for the Book
2021 Illinois Winners
- Level I, Grades 4-6: Alexander See of Arlington Heights wrote to Kate Messner, author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. Alexander is a student at Patton Elementary School in Arlington Heights His letter was submitted by his teacher, Carrie Cioni.
- Level II, Grades 7-8: Sophia DiPasquale of Hinsdale wrote to Naoki Higashida and David Mitchell, authors of The Reason I Jump. Sophia attends Clarendon Middle School. Her letter was submitted by her teacher, Jen McCredy.
- Level III, Grades 9-12: Sarah Friedman of Skokie wrote to Jean-Dominque Bauby, author of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Sarah attends Ida Crown Jewish Academy. Her Letter was submitted by her teacher, Tirza Kahan.
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2020 Illinois Winners
- Level I, Grades 4-6: Lena Miller of Savoy wrote to Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of Towers Falling. Lena is a student at Campus Middle School for Girls in Urbana. Her letter was submitted by her late teacher, Elaine Giermak.
- Level II, Grades 7-8: Leyla Cohen of Champaign wrote to John Green, author of Turtles All the Way Down. Leyla attends Campus Middle School for Girls. Her letter was submitted by her teacher, Elizabeth Hogan.
- Level III, Grades 9-12: Kayla Jastrzebski of Tinley Park wrote to Ashley Herring Blake, author of Girl Made of Stars. Kayla attends Tinley Park High School. Her Letter was submitted by her teacher, Kathleen O'Connor.
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From 1993 - 2019, Letters About Literature was sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress in partnership with the state Center for the Book affiliates. The Library of Congress concluded funding for the program after its 27th year but encouraged all state Center for the Book affiliates to continue the program on their own.
Illinois, the leading state for entries in the national program from 2008 – 2019, continues to offer this meaningful and popular competition to the students of the state. While there will no longer be national winners, Illinois winners will continue to be honored with cash prizes.