First awarded in 1959 and sponsored by the Oklahoma Library Association, the Sequoyah Children’s Book Award is voted on annually by Oklahoma’s schoolchildren in the 3rd-5th grades. The award is named after the Cherokee tribal member who developed the Cherokee writing system adopted by the Cherokee Nation in 1825 and who lived in Oklahoma from 1829 until his death in 1843. In 1988, the Sequoyah Intermediate Book Award was inaugurated (voted on by 6th-8th graders), with the Sequoyah High School Book Award added in 2010 (9th-12th graders). The Donna Norvell Award is voted on by Sequoyah Committee members and is awarded to an “easy reader” book aimed at Pre-K – 2nd graders.
Why are we telling you this? Because it’s a great time to get involved in the Metropolitan Library Association’s Summer Reading Program. Just 20 minutes a day can net you all sorts of great prizes, in addition to all the even greater benefits daily reading provides. Programs for all ages (yes, even you, adults) are ready to rock your reading habit, so sign up today, and get started on those Sequoyah winners!
- Children’s – Sidekicks by Dan Santat
- Intermediate (Young Adult) – Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
- High School – Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Easy Reader (winner for 2013) – Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin