Read! Write! Win!
A Contest for Oklahoma Students
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:
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.
About the Contest
Promote the My Favorite Book contest at your library or school with these printable PDFs!
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.