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 2019.

2019 winning title:  Dog Like Daisy by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

2018 winning title: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

2017 winning title: The Doll Graveyard by Lois Ruby

2016 winning title: Chews Your Destiny by Rhode Montijo

2015 winning title: The One and only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

2014 winning title: Sidekicks by Dan Santat

2013 winning title: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

      Children’s Sequoyah Award Nominees for 2021

  1. Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes
  2. One Third Nerd by Gennifer Choldenko
  3. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
  4. Song For A Whale by Lynne Kelly
  5. Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord
  6. Rescuing Rialto: A Baby Sea Otter’s Story by Lynda V. Mapes
  7. Meena Meets Her Match by Karla Manternach
  8. Saving Fable by Scott Reintgen
  9. The Oddmire Book One: Changeling by William Ritter
  10. Birdie by Eileen Spinelli
  11. Roll With It by Jamie Sumner
  12. A Monster Like Me by Wendy S. Swore
  13. The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson
  14. Stargazing by Jen Wang
  15. A Green Place to Be: The Creation of Central Park by Ashley Yazdani

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.