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 and the winner will be announced in April

2022 winning title: TBD

2021 winning title: Stargazing by Jen Wang

2020 winning title: Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood

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 2022

1. Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter
2. The Great Pet Heist by Emily Ecton
3. A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi & Laura Shovan
4. The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
5. The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury
6. The Only Woman in the Photo: Frances Perkins & Her New Deal for America by Kathleen Krull
7. From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
8. Seekers of the Wild Realm by Alexandra Ott
9. Any Day with You by Mae Respicio
10. Black brother, Black brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes
11. The Elephant’s Girl by Celesta Rimington
12. Gloom Town by Ronald L. Smith
13. Brave Like That by Lindsey Stoddard
14. Tune it Out! by Jamie Sumner
15. Zeus, Dog of Chaos by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
16. Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk


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.