Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Carlsbad Library :: Writer-to-Writer—Congratulations Pierre S.!

Writer-to-Writer—Congratulations Pierre S.!
Learning Connections: March/April 2015

The results are in! The Writer to Writer Challenge, sponsored by the Southern California Library Literacy Network (SCLLN), wrapped up this year with a record number of entries—80—and the quality of the letters was amazing! We are so proud of all of the learners who wrote letters.

Writers, tutors, coordinators and their guests gathered at a wonderful brunch held Saturday, March 7, at the Radisson in Newport Beach. The winners read their letters, and winners and runners-up each received a cash prize and a certificate. All writers received a certificate of participation.

Congratulations to Pierre S., “P.J. Rock,” from Literacy Services who won first place in the Emerging Writer category of the Writer to Writer Challenge. He wrote his letter to Burton Goodman, the author of Goodman’s Five-Star Stories—Travels: 8 Stories from Around the World with Tests to Help You Read and Write.

December 2, 2014

Dear Mr. Goodman,
I liked your book "Travels" because it really helped me a lot. It improved my skills. When I read the stories, I could understand them a little. Then I could do the questions without anybody's help, and my tutor checked my answers. I like the exercises because they improve my reading, spelling, and writing. And I did a really great job!

I've never done this before; in school they gave me books to learn how to read, but it was difficult for me to know how to pronounce things and understand them. The library taught me a lot more than they taught me at school. I still need to improve myself and learn how to read better, but I'm working on it.

One of my brothers told me about his friend I could work for. And my brother's friend could try to teach me how to read. This helped me a little bit. He paid me to work in his garden, and then he would let me come inside the house to teach me how to read. But then I had to stop working for him.  Pierre’s full letter can be found on Page 4

Books from Writer-to-Writer found at the Learning Center:
Carlos and the Squash Plant, Jan Stevens
Chicken by Charlie, Tana Reiff
Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
The Giver, Lois Lowry
The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
The Glass Castle: A Memoir, Jeannette Walls
Hatchet, Gary Paulsen
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford
Latina Magazine, Lauren Michaels
Life is So Good, George Dawson
Macho!, Victor Villaseñor
My Beloved World, Sonia Sotomayor
New Moon, Stephanie Meyer
The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
Red Roses, Christine Lindop
River, Ed Hansen
The Saw That Talked, Tana Reiff
The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Travels: 8 Stories from Around the World, Burton Goodman
Twilight, Stephanie Meyer

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