"A Book That Shaped Me"

Summer Writing Contest 2012, Presented by The Library of Congress and DC Public Library

2012 Participation Guidelines
The "A Book That Shaped Me" Summer Writing Contest encourages rising 5th & 6th graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on their lives. The contest is administered as part of the DC Public Library 2012 summer reading program themed "Dream Big - Read!" and top winners will be honored at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in September on the National Mall.

Who can participate?
Rising 5th & 6th graders (students who will be entering 5th or 6th grade in the fall of 2012).

How to enter "A Book that Shaped Me"
Write a short essay on a book that has had a personal impact on your life. Books have the power to shape us by changing the ways we think and feel. Think about a book that made a difference in your life. It could be your favorite book, one that you read at school or as part of this year's summer reading program. How did it make you feel? Did it change the way you see yourself, your family or the world? Choose one book - it can be fiction or nonfiction - and write a short essay about how it had a personal impact on your life.

  • Write a one-page essay
  • Use examples from the book to make your points
  • Your essay will be judged on content, structure (spelling and grammar) and creativity
  • Your essay may be typed or hand-written


Submit your essay in person by Friday, August 25, 2012, to your neighborhood DC Public Library using the required entry coupon. (See your children's librarian to get one.)

Awards
"A Book That Shaped Me" will award prizes to winners at each library location and to three (3) overall grand prize winners. DC Public Library's panel of staff judges will select top essayists for each library location. Library winners (25) will each receive a $50 gift card and additional prizes, and then advance to the Grand Prize level judging.

The top three (3) Grand Prize winners will be selected by a panel of judges assembled by the Library of Congress to include educators, children's authors and Library of Congress staff. Grand Prize winners will each receive a $200 gift card and additional prizes.

Library winners and Grand Prize winners will be honored during a presentation at the 2012 Library of Congress national Book Festival on the Mall, which takes place September 22-23, 2012.