Sequoyah Book Award

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The Sequoyah Book Award is a set of three annual awards for books selected by vote of Oklahoma students in elementary, middle, and high schools. The award program is named after Sequoyah (c. 1770–1843), the Cherokee man who developed the Cherokee syllabary—a writing system adopted by Cherokee Nation in 1825. The awards are sponsored by the Oklahoma Library Association[1][2] and administered by a committee of OLA members. Every year, three teams representing each award read and select books to be included on the master lists, which are then provided to Oklahoma schools for students to read and vote on. The winners are announced early spring of each year, and the winning authors are invited to the Association's annual conference to receive their awards and meet with students. The Sequoyah Children's Book Award, now voted by children in grades 3 to 5, was inaugurated in 1959.[1] It is the third oldest U.S. state children's choice award[1] after the original Kansas award and Vermont award. The Sequoyah Intermediate Book Award is voted by grades 6 to 8. It dates from 1988 where it was originally named the Young Adult award. Finally in 2010, the Sequoyah High School Book Award (grades 9–12) was added to the program.[1] The Sequoyah Committee also selects the Donna Norvell Award; The Donna Norvell Book Award was established in 2005 by the Oklahoma Library Association and is given annually, with the first award given in 2006. The Donna Norvell Book Award honors a book that has made a significant contribution to the field of literature for children through second grade.

Until 2020, this award was a librarian's choice award and selected by librarians who were members of the Oklahoma Library Association's Sequoyah Book Award Committee. It is now a children's choice award for students in grades 2 and under, with the Children's Sequoyah Committee selecting the award nominees.

The award is named for Donna Norvell, Children's Consultant for the Oklahoma Department of Libraries from 1992 to 2004, who died in 2004. The award honors Donna's contributions to the development of the library profession in Oklahoma.

Children's winners[edit]

Year Title Author
1959 Old Yeller Fred Gipson
1960 Black Gold Marguerite Henry
1961 Have Space Suit—Will Travel Robert A. Heinlein
1962 The Helen Keller Story Catherine O. Peare
1963 Mystery of the Haunted Pool Phyllis Whitney
1964 Where the Panther Screams William Powell Robinson
1965 A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle
1966 Rascal Sterling North
1967 Harriet the Spy Louise Fitzhugh
1968 Gentle Ben Walt Morey
1969 Blackbeard's Ghost Ben Stahl
1970 Mustang Marguerite Henry
1971 Ramona the Pest Beverly Cleary
1972 Man in the Box Mary Lois Dunn
1973 The Trumpet of the Swan E. B. White
1974 Flight of the White Wolf Mel Ellis
1975 Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Judy Blume
1976 How to Eat Fried Worms Thomas Rockwell
1977 The Toothpaste Millionaire Jean Merrill
1978 Shoeshine Girl Clyde Robert Bulla
1979 Summer of the Monkeys Wilson Rawls
1980 Kid Power Susan B. Pfeffer
1981 Get-Away Car Eleanor Clymer
1982 Bunnicula James Howe
1983 A Dog Called Kitty Bill Wallace
1984 The Cybil War Betsy Byars
1985 Thirteen Ways to Sink a Sub Jamie Gilson
1986 Dear Mr. Henshaw Beverly Cleary
Just Tell Me When We're Dead Eth Clifford
1987 Night of the Twisters Ivy Ruckman
1988 Christina's Ghost Betty Ren Wright
1989 The Sixth Grade Sleepover Eve Bunting
1990 Fudge Charlotte Graeber
1991 Beauty Bill Wallace
1992 The Doll in the Garden Mary Downing Hahn
1993 Weasel Cynthia DeFelice
1994 Shiloh Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
1995 Horror at the Haunted House Peg Kehret
1996 The Ghosts of Mercy Manor Betty Ren Wright
1997 Nasty, Stinky Sneakers Eve Bunting
1998 Titanic Crossing Barbara Williams
1999 101 Ways to Bug Your Parents Lee Wardlaw
2000 The Million Dollar Shot Dan Gutman
2001 Holes Louis Sachar
2002 Dork in Disguise Carol Gorman
2003 Because of Winn-Dixie Kate DiCamillo
2004 Skeleton Man Joseph Bruchac
2005 The Stranger Next Door Peg Kehret
2006 The Tale of Despereaux Kate DiCamillo
2007 The World According to Humphrey Betty Birney
2008 Angus and Sadie Cynthia Voigt
2009 Clementine Sara Pennypacker
2010 Lawn Boy Gary Paulsen
2011 All the Lovely Bad Ones Mary Downing Hahn
2012 Dragonbreath Ursula Vernon
2013 The Strange Case of Origami Yoda Tom Angleberger
2014 Sidekicks Dan Santat
2015 The One and Only Ivan Katherine Applegate
2016 Chews Your Destiny: The Gumazing Gum Girl! Rhode Montijo
2017 The Doll Graveyard Lois Ruby
2018 Roller Girl Victoria Jamieson

Young Adult and Intermediate winners[edit]

Year Title Author
1988 Abby My Love Hadley Irwin
1989 The Other Side of Dark Joan Lowery Nixon
1990 Hatchet Gary Paulsen
1991 A Sudden Silence Eve Bunting
1992 Appointment with a Stranger Jean Thesman
1993 The Silver Kiss Annette Curtis Klause
1994 What Daddy Did Neal Shusterman
1995 Flight 116 Is Down Caroline B. Cooney
1996 The Giver Lois Lowry
1997 Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech
1998 Running Out of Time Margaret Peterson Haddix
1999 Danger Zone David Klass
2000 I Have Lived a Thousand Years Livia Bitton-Jackson
2001 Holes Louis Sachar
2002 Speak Laurie Halse Anderson
2003 Define Normal Julie Ann Peters
2004 Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ann Brashares
2005 The House of the Scorpion Nancy Farmer
2006 Eragon Christopher Paolini
2007 Red Kayak Priscilla Cummings
2008 The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan
2009 Runaway Wendelin Van Draanen
2010 Unwind Neal Shusterman
2011 The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
2012 Positively Courtney Sheinmel
2013 After Ever After Jordan Sonnenblick
2014 Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 Richard Paul Evans
2015 The False Prince Jennifer A. Nielsen
2016 Goodbye, Rebel Blue Shelley Coriell
2017 The Crossover Kwame Alexander
2018 The War that Saved My Life Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

High School winners[edit]

Year Title Author
2010 Thirteen Reasons Why Jay Asher
2011 The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
2012 Hate List Jennifer Brown
2013 Clockwork Angel Cassandra Clare
2014 Divergent Veronica Roth
2015 The Fault in Our Stars John Green
2016 The 5th Wave Rick Yancey
2017 Wolf by Wolf Ryan Graudin
2018 The Female of the Species Mindy McGinnis
2019 The Hate U Give Angie Thomas
2020 Dry Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
2021 The Patron Saints of Nothing Randy Ribay

Donna Norvell Award winners[edit]

The Norvell Award "honors a book making a significant contribution to the field of literature for children through third grade ... written and illustrated to present, organize, and interpret material for children." The writer and illustrator must be US residents, the book published two years before the award year (2012 publications in 2014). Librarians on the Sequoyah Committee select the winner.[2]

Year Title Writer Illustrator
2006 Wild About Books Judy Sierra Marc Brown
2007 Leaf Man Lois Ehlert Ehlert
2008 Not a Box Antoinette Portis Portis
2009 Fred Stays with Me! Nancy Coffelt Tricia Tusa double-dagger
2010 Maybe a Bear Ate It! Robie Harris Michael Emberley double-dagger
2011 Chicken Dance Tammi Sauer Dan Santat double-dagger
2012 Interrupting Chicken David Ezra Stein Stein
2013 Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes
(sequel to Pete the Cat)
Eric Litwin James Dean double-dagger
2017 Red, a Crayon's Story Michael Hall
2018 The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex

double-dagger The official award webpage identifies only the title and writer.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Sequoyah Book Awards" Archived 2012-08-30 at the Wayback Machine (homepage). Oklahoma Library Association (OLA). Retrieved 2014-05-05.
  2. ^ a b c "The Donna Norvell Oklahoma Book Award" Archived 2014-05-06 at the Wayback Machine. OLA. Retrieved 2014-05-05.

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