More than 50 powerful letters from young readers to authors reveal some of the ways that the readers' lives were changed by books. Culled from the Letters About Literature contest of the Library of Congress Center for the Book, these letters reveal how deeply books and poetry affect the lives of readers.
The subtitle will have librarians, teachers, and reading specialists reaching for this book...While the students' letters reveal how deeply books and poetry affect the lives of young readers, the volume is probably most likely to find a home with educators and adults with a passion for books and reading. Earnest and often revealing.--Kirkus Reviews This well-crafted collection offers excellent examples for student writers and could easily be incorporated into lessons as a mentor text. Creative writing teachers may want to consider for classroom use.--School Library Journal
The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress promotes books, reading, literacy, and libraries, as well as the scholarly study of books. It was founded in 1977 and has established affiliate centers across the country and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Center's mission is carried out around the world. Catherine Gourley has been the national director of the Letters About Literature reading promotion program since 2004. She is also an author of many nonfiction books about women's history and the principal curriculum writer for The Story of Movies, an educational outreach program. She lives in Virginia.