The Sequoyah Book Awards program is presented by the Oklahoma Library Association. It is in honor of the Native American leader Sequoyah who created the Cherokee syllabary. The program encourages the students of Oklahoma to read books of literary quality by providing them the opportunity to vote for their favorite book from the nominated lists. The Sequoyah Reading Teams release masterlists of nominated books in the spring for schools and libraries to promote. There are four masterlists: Children's, Young Adult, Intermediate, and High School.
Students in grades 3rd through 6th are eligible to vote for the Children's Sequoyah Book Award if they have read or listened to at least three selections from the Children's Masterlist. Students will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite title in March. Winners are announced in April, and awards are presented to the authors at the Oklahoma Library Association's annual conference the following spring.
Here at Kingsgate Elementary, we have an extra incentive to the Sequoyah Reading Program. If students will read at least 5 of this year's Sequoyah nominated titles, they will be invited to attend a Sequoyah Party that is held at the Kingsgate Library Media Center in the Spring. March 1st is the deadline for participation in this year's Sequoyah Program. Students will need to read at least 3 to be eligible to vote and read at least 5 to be invited to the party.
The winner of the 2018 Children's Sequoyah Award was:
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
The winner of the 2018 Intermediate Sequoyah Award was:
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Here are the 2019 Children's nominations:
- Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
- Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey
- Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell
- Ivy by Katherine Coville
- Dirt by Denise Gosliner Orenstein
- Superstar by Mandy Davis
- Genevieve’s War by Patricia Reilly Giff
- Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff
- Someday Suitcase by Corey Ann Haydu
- Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin
- Sergeant Reckless by Patricia McCormick
- How to Be An Elephant by Katherine Roy
- Lemons by Melissa Savage
- Joplin Wishing by Diane Stanley
- Dog Like Daisy by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb