Michigan Students Win National Prizes in Letters About Literature Competition

Stacy Bogard

By Stacy Bogard, CAE, MASB Assistant Director of Communications, PR & Marketing

DashBoard, June 14, 2017

Two Michigan students topped their grade-level competitions in the national 2017 Letters About Literature program. Claire Juip from Grosse Pointe won for Level 1 (grades 4-6) and Maria Cheriyan from Farmington Hills was the top winner in Level 2 (grades 7-8).

Letters About Literature is a Library of Congress national reading and writing promotion program that asks young people in grades 4 through 12 to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book affected their lives. Juip wrote to R.J. Palacio, the author of “Wonder” and Cheriyan wrote to Ruta Sepetys, author of “Salt to the Sea.” Each received a $1,000 gift card.

The program is promoted in Michigan by the Library of Michigan and the Michigan Center for the Book. For more information or questions about Letters About Literature, contact Cathy Lancaster, Youth Services Coordinator at the Library of Michigan, at

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