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Journeys: Young Readers' Letters to Authors Who Changed Their Lives: Library of Congress Center for the Book Books Can Change Lives And Here Are Than Fifty Powerful Letters From Young Readers To Authors Revealing Some Of The Ways That Is True Annie Schnitzer Tells Elie Wiesel, Reading Your Story Allowed Me To Connect With My Own History, Explaining How Reading His Memoir Deepened Her Understanding Of Her Grandparents Plight During The Holocaust After Reading The House On Mango Street,Julia Mueller Writes To Sandra Cisneros, You Didn T Tell Me How To Pull Myself Back Together You Just Showed Me That I Could I Was Tired Of Trying To Be Somebody Else S Definition Of Beautiful, And You Told Me That Was Okay Culled From The Letters About Literature Contest Of The Library Of Congress Center For The Book, The Fifty Two Letters In This Collection Written By Students In Grades Four Through Twelve Reveal How Deeply Books And Poetry Affect The Lives Of Readers Offering Letters That Are As Profound As They Are Personal And As Moving As They Are Enlightening, This Collection, Which Also Features Artwork By Some Of The Contest Entrants, Provides A Glimpse Into Young People S Lives And Their Connections Both Expected And Unexpected To The Written Word.

10 thoughts on “Journeys: Young Readers' Letters to Authors Who Changed Their Lives: Library of Congress Center for the Book

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    We always hear that reading has the power to changed lives, but have you ever wondered exactly how that might have happened to some young readers Every year, the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress sponsors a contest called Letters About Literature, in which students from all over the country are asked to write a letter about a book, a poem, or a speech that has personally impacted their life in some way.For this book, the library selected 52 letters from students in grades 4 12, cov We always hear that reading has the power to changed lives, but have you ever wondered exactly how that might have happened to some young readers Every year, the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress sponsors a contest called Letters About Literature, in which students from all over the country are asked to write a letter about a book, a poem, or a speech that has personally impacted their life in some way.For this book, the library selected 52 letters from students in grades 4 12, covering a wide variety of authors and their books The book is divided into three parts Upper Elementary Finding a Friend, Finding a Voice Middle School A New Awareness and High School I Am Not A Nobody Within these parts, letters are grouped by themes of Destinations, Realizations, and Returning Home.In some way, the book, poem, or speech is one that they can really relate to For example, Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost is a poem that brought the feeling tranquility and simplicity back to a young girl who loved watching snowflakes gracefully falling while living in Delaware, but who felt she had lost that when her family moved to Georgia After reading The Diary of a Young Girl, a young girl writes to Anne Frank In her letter, she talks about how proud Anne was to be Jewish Because of Anne, she discovers the same sense of pride within herself, wanting to carrying on Anne s name as a young Jewish girl.A middle school girl found herself reading Laurie Halse Anderson s Speak Though her experience was not the same as the girl in the book, she was able to relate and realize that she too needed to speak about the things that were causing her depression and unhappiness.While the letters are insightful, very well written,and even profound, I wasn t sure what to do with this book I began assigning some of the letters about books I knew they had read to students to see what they had to say in a class discussion What a surprise They found plenty to relate to That, of course, led to an assignment similar to the criteria used by the Library of Congress And while I am not at liberty to divulge what they had to say about themselves, I can agree that books and reading do have the power to change lives, especially for young readers And it was wonderful to read so many interesting responses

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    This book elucidates both the value of reading for children and the need for diversity in publishing A girl preparing for her bat mitzvah connected with Anne Frank s conviction to die as a Jew rather than wear a mask all her life Another girl whose father is from Eritrea never understood his experiences from back home as much until reading about pioneers This black daughter of an imprisoned man learnt to cope with his absence reading about parental loss A brown sister of a boy with Autism gr This book elucidates both the value of reading for children and the need for diversity in publishing A girl preparing for her bat mitzvah connected with Anne Frank s conviction to die as a Jew rather than wear a mask all her life Another girl whose father is from Eritrea never understood his experiences from back home as much until reading about pioneers This black daughter of an imprisoned man learnt to cope with his absence reading about parental loss A brown sister of a boy with Autism grew to understand himas she read about a child with cerebral palsy A multiracial child reads about history and further grasps her grandfather s role as a black Panther and Jewish grandmother s participation in the civil rights movement Reading Lord of the Flies helps a child realise they do not want to be manipulated into hurting others by peer pressure A daughter of a mother with substance abuse issues reads about suicide and commits to living her life to the very fullest A granddaughter copes with her eighty four year old family member s declining health thanks to a newfound appreciation of the holistic approach taken in Native culture after reading an Athabascan legend A child challenges earlier Islamophobic stereotypes after reading about Afghanistan A girl draws parallels between how a protagonist copes with being raped and how she was hiding from health issues, motivating her to becomeproactive Another connects with her Puerto Rican identity after reading about a young hijabi s decision to cover A Pakistani daughter comes to appreciate her mother s roots after reading of newcomer struggles In juvenile detention, a young man questions how to change his path after reading about a futuristic world A coming of age novel propels a girl to challenge societal standards of beauty A grandchild of Holocaust survivors connects with their past after reading a memoir Everyone should read this

  3. says:

    Powerful stuff, with most of the letters written by readers who are darn good writers themselves.

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    I m returning this to the library after only reading the introduction and two entries I m not going to rate it because I think it s a great concept and just because it didn t work for me doesn t make it a bad book The issue for me was my expectations and a misunderstanding of what the book actually is For some reason, I thought it was a collection of spontaneous best letters authors have received as in actual mail sent by kids to authors I realize now that was not exactly a realistic ex I m returning this to the library after only reading the introduction and two entries I m not going to rate it because I think it s a great concept and just because it didn t work for me doesn t make it a bad book The issue for me was my expectations and a misunderstanding of what the book actually is For some reason, I thought it was a collection of spontaneous best letters authors have received as in actual mail sent by kids to authors I realize now that was not exactly a realistic expectation And as the introduction explained, this is actually a collection of entries from an essay writing contest I would have known this if I had read the back jacket and that was my own mistake There is absolutely nothing wrong with a book of letters essays from a contest, it just wasn t what I was looking for I couldn t shake the feeling that the bits I read were very formal and had a whiff of homework about them I LOVE that authors and books have changed kids lives and I hope this book will find the right readers, I just want anyone looking to it up to know what exactly it is, and what it isn t

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    Books have the power to change lives and this collection offers the opportunity to peer into the lives of both reader and author and see just how powerful the connection between writer and reader can become I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and along the way found myself encountering favorite books of mine and how they had influenced others, as well as books that I had not read yet, or encountered as an assigned text in school years ago that had not resonated with me, all finding their wa Books have the power to change lives and this collection offers the opportunity to peer into the lives of both reader and author and see just how powerful the connection between writer and reader can become I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and along the way found myself encountering favorite books of mine and how they had influenced others, as well as books that I had not read yet, or encountered as an assigned text in school years ago that had not resonated with me, all finding their way back onto the to be read possibly again list.I would love to read this book with students who are working on narrative essay and have the opportunity to discuss the power of writing on an audience There are numerous ways to blend this books with author studies, personal narrative writing requirements, and opinion reflection writing Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this digital ARC in return for a fair and honest review

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    This collection of earnest, thoughtful letters was written by young people to authors of books they read that impacted them in some way They validate what librarians and teachers already know that the right book in the right hands can make a powerful difference in a young person s life There are fifty two letters divided into elementary, middle and high school students who have won the Letters About Literature contest sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book Each letter is i This collection of earnest, thoughtful letters was written by young people to authors of books they read that impacted them in some way They validate what librarians and teachers already know that the right book in the right hands can make a powerful difference in a young person s life There are fifty two letters divided into elementary, middle and high school students who have won the Letters About Literature contest sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book Each letter is introduced with one or two pages of information about the book that is the topic of the letter Most of the books are well known and are often required reading in schools, such as Stargirl, Night, and The Giver Keep in mind that young people, even such excellent writers as these, are still not as polished as professional writers Should be especially welcome reading for those who regularly embrace the power of books and reading to transform lives, such as English teachers, librarians and authors The letters could also prove useful as exemplar texts for teachers working with students on persuasive writing and crafting a well written letter

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    I love everything about this book As an avid reader, I m constantly making personal connections to the author and the book I had never heard about the Letters About Literature contest that the Library of Congress puts on It s such a great idea Journeys Young Readers Letters to Authors Who Changed Their Lives would be ideal for those who teach upper elementary to high school as the letters are from the students grade 4 12.I happily received this book from the publisher via NetGalley so I c I love everything about this book As an avid reader, I m constantly making personal connections to the author and the book I had never heard about the Letters About Literature contest that the Library of Congress puts on It s such a great idea Journeys Young Readers Letters to Authors Who Changed Their Lives would be ideal for those who teach upper elementary to high school as the letters are from the students grade 4 12.I happily received this book from the publisher via NetGalley so I could write an honest review

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    Such a great idea for a book Short and sweet passages highlight biographical facts and creative inspirations of each author, followed by a moving letter to the author from a young reader A great collection to have on hand at any public library, as a testament to the power of reading and an inspiration to young readers.

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    If you ever had.favorite book as a child, you need to read this book This wonderful one hour read features letters from children grades 4 12 written to the author of a book that changed their lives Drawn from 25 years of letters submitted to the Library of Congress Letter About Literature competition, you ll see the favorites from your childhood interpreted by some wise and articulate kids.

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    This book published by the Library of Congress Center for the Book shows the power of reading and the impact one poem or novel has on a young reader The letters from the school children will tug at your heart The Letters about Literature reading program is such a worthwhile venture promoting the use of letter writing as a means of expression for youth.

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