Sequoyah Books

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.

In 1988, the first Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award was given. Twenty years later the YA book award was changed to “Intermediate Award” and a High School award was created and was first awarded in 2010.

The awards are given annually, usually 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.

2024 Children’s Sequoyah Masterlist 

Students in grades 3 through 5 must read or listen to 3 or more titles to vote.

**Note: Lifeling was published in the UK under the title The Life and Time of Lonny Quicke. If a child reads this version this is acceptable and counts towards the three books required to read to vote.


2024 Intermediate Sequoyah Masterlist 

Students in grades 6 through 8 must read or listen to 3 or more titles to vote.

1. Agent Most Wanted: The Never-Before-Told Story of the Most Dangerous Spy of World War II by Sonia Purnell

 2. African Town by Charles Waters & Irene Latham 

3. Attack of the Black Rectangles by A. S. King 

4. Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson

 5. Gallant by V. E. Schwab

 6. Hummingbird by Natalie Lloyd

 7. Isla to Island by Alexis Castellanos

 8. In Harm's Way (Young Readers Edition): The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Story of Its Survivors by Michael J. Tougias and Doug Stanton 

9. The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat 

10. Lines of Courage by Jennifer A. Nielsen 

11. The Name She Gave Me by Betty Culley 

12.The Peach Rebellion by Wendelin Van Draanen 

13.The Secret Battle of Evan Pao by Wendy Wan-Long Shang 

14.The Summer of June by Jamie Sumner 

15.Thirst by Varsha Bajaj 


This year's Children's Sequoyah winner is...STELLA by McCall Hoyle!