Letters About Literature - DC Winners

Alessandra Selassie

"When I want water, I turn on the tap.  When it’s dark, I turn on the light.  While my life is so different than yours, I was still so touched by your books because they helped me to finally understand the life of someone I love: my father."

Alessandra Selassie, a fifth-grader at BASIS DC, wrote those words to author Laura Ingalls Wilder, explaining how her stories helped her understand her father's experience in his native Eritria.  This Saturday, Alessandra and eight other students were honored at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library as DC winners in the 2013 Letters About Literature writing contest. All of the 1st Place winners were also entered into the national contest.

Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the DC Public Library, the Letters About Literature contest asks students to write a letter to an author discussing how that author’s book changed their world view.

This Year’s Winners Are:
Level 1
First Place – Alessandra Selassie
Second Place – Jomo Goings
Third Place – Ryan Bradley

Level 2
First Place – Ife Calhoun
Second Place – Djimon Wilson
Third Place – Lilyanna D’Amato

Level 3
First Place – Diana Hla
Second Place – Princess Simms
Third Place – Andrea Flemmings

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Diana Hla
Level 3, First Place
Andrea Flemmings
Level 3, Third Place