Wyoming Center for the Book

A non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.


The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress has named Britney Titensor, a sixth grade student at Metcalf Elementary in Lincoln County, as one of six national winners in the Letters About Literature writing contest, sponsored in partnership with Target and the Wyoming Center for the Book. Britney's letter to Deborah Ellis, author of The Breadwinner, was the state winner in Wyoming in the Level I competition for children in grades 4 through 6. Britney will receive her national award during National Book Festival in Washington, D. C. on September 30, 2006.

To enter, young readers write a letter to an author, past or present, describing how that author's work somehow changed the student's view of the world or of himself or herself. Approximately 48,000 young readers across the country entered the competition this year. Fifty state winners at each of three age levels were selected and advanced for national judging.

Target awards each national winner a $500 Target GiftCard and a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the National Book Festival on September 30, 2006. The national winners will read their letters to their favorite authors during the award ceremony at the festival. Target sponsors Letters About Literature as part of its national reading initiative, Ready. Sit. Read!, which is aimed at fostering a love of reading among children at an early age.

Target gives back more than $2 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs. Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.

The Wyoming Center for the Book, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, recognizes the power of the written word to enrich lives, and it celebrates and promotes writers, readers and Wyoming's literary heritage. It was established in 1995 as a state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. To learn more about the Wyoming Center for the Book, visit http://will.state.wy.us/wcb

Letters About Literature is an annual competition. Young readers may enter in one of three competition levels: upper elementary, middle school, and high school. For more information about the next state and national competition, contact either Tina Lackey, Wyoming Center for the Book Coordinator at 307-777-6338 or tlacke@state.wy.us, or the national project director for Letters About Literature at this URL: lettersaboutlit@epix.net. Free teaching materials are also available as are writing samples from national winners.

Last Updated 4/18/06