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 2nd 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 2017 Children's Sequoyah Award was:
The Doll Graveyard by Lois Ruby
The winner of the 2017 Intermediate Sequoyah Award was:
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Here are the 2018 Children's nominations:
- Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
- The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
- The Enchanted Files #1: Cursed (Diary of a Mad Brownie) by Bruce Coville
- Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game by John Coy
- Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
- Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
- Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
- Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
- Lucky Strike by Bobbie Pyron
- An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns by Betsy R. Rosenthal
- Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
- The Way Home Looks Now by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
- My Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec
- Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate
- Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh
- Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder