The Literacy Explosion is a state-wide language arts festival designed to celebrate and promote the integration of literacy and 21st century learning skills by encouraging and rewarding students’ excellence in reading, writing, speaking, presenting, filming, drawing, and acting. Students show their understanding and appreciation of a text and expertise in their use of language, communication, and digital media in one of these formats: book covers, book trailers, digital posters, photo essays, podcasts, and videos. Both fiction and nonfiction texts may be used to create these projects. Texts may include, but are not limited to narratives, plays, poems, essays, informational texts, and students’ original writing. Students submit entries individually or as part of a collaborative team.