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Sequoyah LogoWith this award, Oklahoma honors the Native American leader Sequoyah, for his unique achievement in creating the Cherokee syllabary. Sequoyah chose eighty-five symbols to represent all spoken sounds of the Cherokee language. In so doing, he created a way to preserve his people's language and culture.

2016 Sequoyah Book Award Winners

The Sequoyah Committees are pleased to announce the winners of the Sequoyah Book Awards for 2016:

  • Children’s: Chews Your Destiny: The Gumazing Gum Girl! by Rhode Montijo
  • Intermediate: Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell
  • High School: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


Sequoyah Masterlists for 2017

Each masterlist is created to appeal to children in a variety of situations, interests and reading levels.  The books on the masterlists are not intended to be an automatic recommendation of the books.  Since selection policies vary, one should apply the specific guidelines to each title and purchase those titles that meet individual selection policies.  The masterlists are not to be taken as recommendations that children be encouraged or required to read every title on a particular list. Teachers and other group leaders should carefully read and consider a title before reading a masterlist title to a class or group, or  assigning a title as required reading.  It is not the intention of the committees that every student must read every book on each masterlist.


NEW! Download the 2017 Promotional Materials

Get involved!

Volunteer for a OLA Sequoyah Reading Team. The Sequoyah Administration Team appoints volunteers to reading teams in the spring of each year. Fill out the OLA Sequoyah Volunteer Form. Interested volunteers must fill out the form every year.

About the Award

The first Sequoyah Children's Book Award was given in April, 1959, making the award the third oldest children's choice award in the nation.

In 1988, the first Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award was given. Twenty years later the YA book award was changed to “Intermediate Award” and a High School award was created and was first awarded in 2010.

The awards are given annually, usually as an event at the Oklahoma Library Association's Annual Conference.

The Oklahoma Library Association honors Sequoyah for his unique achievement in creating the Cherokee syllabary, the 86 symbols representing the different sounds in the Cherokee language.

His statue is one of the two representing Oklahoma in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The son of a Cherokee mother and a white trader father, Sequoyah, Cherokee for "Lame One," was also known by his English name, George Guess.

A cabin built by Sequoyah as part of a United States government grant still stands near Sallisaw. This grant was the first given for literary achievement in the United States. 

  


All graphics are copyright 2002-2016 by the Oklahoma Library Association. Permission is granted for Schools and Libraries to use them when promoting the Sequoyah Book Awards. For all other uses, written permission from the Oklahoma Library Association is required.

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