For immediate release | October 1, 2013

AASL members name finalists in National Book Festival Summer Writing Contest

CHICAGO – Forty members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) participated in the "A Book That Shaped Me" Library of Congress National Book Festival Summer Writing Contest as first round panel judges. The program, now in its second year, asks rising 5th and 6th graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact in their lives.

The Library of Congress received more than 300 entries in the 2013 contest from participants in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. AASL member judges each read and scored 20-25 entries to determine the five finalists from each state. Essays reflected on how a book changed the way contestants saw themselves, their family and the world.

State and grand-prize winners were named during the "A Book That Shaped Me" presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 22. Each state winner received a $50 gift-card prize and travel to attend the Library of Congress National Book Festival costs covered. The first-, second- and third- place grand-prize winners were awarded additional gift-card prizes in the amounts of $200, $150 and $100, respectively, and each read their entries as part of the ceremony. More information on the winners can be read on the Library of Congress website.

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications