Sequoyah Book Program

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       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 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. May 5th is the deadline for participation in this year's Sequoyah Program. Students will need to read at least 3 Sequoyah books to be eligible to vote by March 3rd and read at least 5 books by May 5th to be invited to the party.

    The winner of the 2022 Children's Sequoyah Award was:

    Zeus, Dog of Chaos by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

    Book cover for Zeus Dog of Chaos

    The winner of the 2022 Intermediate Sequoyah Award was:

    When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed

    Book cover for When Stars are Scattered



    Here are the 2023 Children's nominations:

    Students in grades 3 through 5 must read or listen to 3 or more titles to vote.


    The Memory Thief by Jodi Lynn Anderson

    The House That Wasn’t There by Elana K. Arnold

    The Night Ride by J. Anderson Coats

    The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo

    The Secret Starling by Judith Eagle

    The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm

    Stella by McCall Hoyle

    Mystery on Magnolia Circle by Kate Klise

    Sprouting Wings: The True Story of James Herman Banning, the First African American Pilot to Fly Across the United States by Louisa Jaggar and Shari Becker

    A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

    The Stuff Between the Stars: How Vera Rubin Discovered Most of the Universe by Sandra Nickel

    Simon B. Rhymin’ by Dwayne Reed

    The Last Rabbit by Shelley Moore Thomas

    Code Breaker, Spy Hunter: How Elizebeth Friedman Changed the Course of Two World Wars by Laurie Wallmark

    Long Lost by Jacqueline West