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Steven Baker (President of the Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book), Elyse Haslam (Level III-2nd), Fathiyah Ayodele (Level II-2nd), Cate Dennis (Level III-1st), Lillian Salon (Level I-2nd), Blake Wolfe (Level II-1st), Jenna Thompson (Level I-1st), Zachary Fralick (Level I-3rd), Natalie Currie (Deputy Director ODL)

The winning students are:

Division I (Grades 4 through 6)

First Place: Jenna Thompson, Metro Christian Academy, Tulsa

For letter to author Shannon Messenger for the Keeper of the Lost Cities book series

Second Place: Lillian Salon, University School at the University of Tulsa

For letter to author Thanhha Lai for Inside Out and Back Again

Third Place: Zachary Fralick, Jenks West Intermediate School    

For letter to author Tom Pace for The Mentor

Division II (Grades 7 and 8)

First Place: Blake Wolfe, Clyde Boyd Middle School, Sand Springs

For letter to author S.E. Hinton for The Outsiders

Second Place: Fathiyah Ayodele, Oakdale School, Edmond

For letter to Katherine Johnson for Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson

Third Place: Kennedy Postier, Bixby Middle School

For letter to J.K. Rowling for the Harry Potter series of books

Division III (Grades 9 through 12)

First Place: Cate Dennis, MacArthur Senior High School, Lawton

For letter to author Dan Rather for What Unites Us

Second Place: Elyse Haslam, Crescent High School

For letter to author John Steinbeck for Of Mice and Men

Third Place: Sophia Pham, Westmoore High School, Oklahoma City

For letter to author Ko Moon-Young for The Boy Who Fed on Nightmares


Readers in Grades 4–12 were invited to write a letter to the author of a favorite book, expressing how the book affected them personally.

Three Contest Levels:
Grades 4–6
Grades 7–8
Grades 9–12

Cash Prizes were awarded to the student writers of the top three letters in each level.

First Place: $500
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $100

First place winners selected their school library or public library to receive a cash prize of $1,000!

The contest ran from  October 15, 2021 to December 17, 2021.

Funding provided by

The Oklahoma Center for the Book (OCB) in the Oklahoma Department of Libraries is a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and is organized to focus attention on the vital role of books and reading in our lives. The Center promotes the past, current, and future works of Oklahoma authors; promotes the literary heritage of the state; and encourages reading for pleasure by Oklahomans of all ages.

Last Modified on Jul 29, 2022
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