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 3rd 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 3rd to be invited to the party.
The winner of the 2020 Children's Sequoyah Award was:
Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
The winner of the 2019 Intermediate Sequoyah Award was:
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Here are the 2021 Children's nominations:
- Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes
- One Third Nerd by Gennifer Choldenko
- The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
- Song For A Whale by Lynne Kelly
- Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord
- Rescuing Rialto: A Baby Sea Otter’s Story by Lynda V. Mapes
- Meena Meets Her Match by Karla Manternach
- Saving Fable by Scott Reintgen
- The Oddmire Book One: Changeling by William Ritter
- Birdie by Eileen Spinelli
- Roll With It by Jamie Sumner
- A Monster Like Me by Wendy S. Swore
- The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson
- Stargazing by Jen Wang
- A Green Place to Be: The Creation of Central Park by Ashley Yazdani