Past Letters About Literature Winners Illinois Center for the Book
2018 Illinois Winners
- Level I, Grades 4-6: Akosua Haynes** of Chicago wrote to Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. Akosua is a student at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Chicago.
- Level II, Grades 7-8: Rylee Paige Johnson** of Hoffman Estates wrote to Gabrielle Zevin, author of Elsewhere: A Novel. Rylee attends Eisenhower Junior High in Hoffman Estates. Her letter was submitted by teacher Tracy Otto.
- Level III, Grades 9-12: Sakura Fagan of Petersburg wrote to Dorthea Goldenberg and Bette Killion for their adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit. Sakura attends PORTA High School in Petersburg. Her letter was submitted by teacher Pat Woods.
** Akosua Haynes and Rylee Paige Johnson were also chosen by the Library of Congress as National Prize winners.
- Secretary of State Press Release Announcing Illinois Winners
- Winning Letters
- Library of Congress Press Release Announcing National Winners