The Sequoyah Book Award program encourages the students of Oklahoma to read books of literary quality.
Students in grades 3-5 who have read or listened to at least three titles from the Children’s Masterlist are eligible to vote for the Children’s Sequoyah Book Award. Students who are eligible will vote in March 2016 and the winner will be announced in April 2016.
2015 winning title is: The One and only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
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.
The award is given annually 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.