Today the Library of Congress announced the winners of the Letters About Literature Reading-Promotion Program, a program which kids from the ages of 9-18 write a letter to an author (living or dead) who impacted their lives. A fitting announcement for today, Shakespeare’s 445th birthday. Of 55,000 entrants, 2 national winners were chosen from each of three age groups. National winners get to designate their favorite library for a $10,000 grant and get a $500 gift card to Target.
The winners wrote to widely varying authors, from Rudyard Kipling (regarding his poem “If”) Blake E.S. Taylor (“ADHD & Me”). A list of all the winners and their letters can be seen at the Library of Congress Center for the Book website.