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

  1. Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle
  2. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
  3. Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes
  4. Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year by Bill Harley
  5. The Worm Whisperer by Betty Hicks
  6. The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson
  7. The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz
  8. Elvis and the Underdogs by Jenny Lee
  9. White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan
  10. Chews Your Destiny: The Gumazing Gum Girl! by Rhode Montijo
  11. To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt by Doreen Rappaport
  12. Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  13. Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
  14. Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares
  15. Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger


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.