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Sequoyah Reading Challenge

About the Sequoyah Book Award

With this award, Oklahoma honors the Native American leader Sequoyah, for his unique achievement in creating the Cherokee syllabary. Sequoyah chose eighty-five symbols to represent all spoken sounds of the Cherokee language. In so doing, he created a way to preserve his people’s language and culture.

Honoring the The Sequoyah Book Award at Angie Debo

  • Voting for the current Sequoyah Masterlist opens February 1st and closes March 15th!

  • Winner of the current Sequoyah Masterlist is revealed on or before March 31st.

  • Students in grades 3 through 5 must read or listen to 3 or more titles and answer a few questions about each book to vote.

  • Students in grades 3 through 5 that read or listen to 5 or more titles and answer a few questions about each book get to vote AND attend a pizza party! 

2023 Sequoyah Book Award Masterlist

  • Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord

  • Birdie by Eileen Spinelli

  • Changeling by William Ritter

  • A Green Place to Be: The Creation of Central Park by Ashley Benham Yazdani

  • Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes

  • The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson

  • Meena Meets Her Match by Karla Manternach

  • A Monster Like Me by Wendy S. Swore

  • One-Third Nerd by Gennifer Choldenko

  • The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

  • Rescuing Rialto: A Baby Sea Otter’s Story by Lynda V. Mapes

  • Roll with It by Jaime Sumner

  • Saving Fable by Scott Reintgen

  • Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

  • Stargazing by Jen Wang