Sequoyah Children’s Book Award
With this award, Oklahoma honors Sequoyah, a Native American member of the Cherokee tribe, 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. Oklahoma students in grades 3-5 are encouraged to read books from the current list and to vote for their favorite book in March of each year.