Journeys: Young Readers’ Letters to Authors Who Changed Their Lives

By Library of Congress Center for the Book

Books can change lives — and here are more 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.

  • Written in collaboration with the Letters about Literature contest run by the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress
  • Simultaneous paperback perfect for classroom use, especially for those 4th-12th grade classes who participate in the Letters About Literature contest
  • A wide range of children's book and adult authors represented in the letters. The letters themselves are passionate, personal, and heartfelt - revealing a generation of deeply thoughtful readers.

About the author

The Library of Congress Center for the Book 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 in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Center’s mission is carried out around the world. Catherine Gourley served as national director of the Letters About Literature reading promotion program from 2004 to 2017. 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.

ISBN: 9780763695781
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: November 1, 2017
Dimensions: 165 x 228mm, 240pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $15.99
New Zealand RRP: $17.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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