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. May 1st 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 5th and read at least 5 books by May 1st to be invited to the party.
The winner of the 2019 Children's Sequoyah Award was:
A Dog Like Daisy by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb
The winner of the 2019 Intermediate Sequoyah Award was:
Refugee by Alan Gratz
Here are the 2020 Children's nominations:
- The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone
- Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster Library by Jonathan Auxier
- The Extraordinary Colors of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell
- The Rhino in Right Field by Stacy DeKeyser
- Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher
- Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
- Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
- The Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz
- The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair by Amy Makechnie
- Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
- The Spirit of Cattail County by Victoria Piontek
- Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Liesl Shurtliff
- Spindrift and the Orchid by Emma Trevayne
- The Story Collector: A New York Public Library Book by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb
- Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace