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. The awards are given annually, usually as an event at the Oklahoma Library Association's Annual Conference.
Each masterlist is created to appeal to children in a variety of situations, interests and reading levels. It is not the intention of the committees that every student must read every book on each masterlist.
Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey
When Eddie's Aunt Min goes missing on a trip to the library, he sets out down the hallway to find her and bring her home. When he gets there, he finds that Min is injured, so they will have to stay awhile. When the Librarian goes on Maternity leave and is replaced by Mrs. Grish, Min and Eddie fear that the library's days are numbered. Eddie is determined to save the Library, but what can one little bug do?
The Someday Suitcase by Corey Ann Haydu
Clover and Danny have been friends for a long time - really since before they were born. Even though they have very different personalities, they always fit together like a puzzle - each incomplete without the other. When creative Danny becomes seriously ill, scientific Clover begins to keep records of everything about his illness - his symptoms, what makes him feel bad, and what makes him feel better. They find that what makes Danny feel better is Clover's presence - but is that science, or is that magic? And whatever it is, will it be enough?
A Dog Like Daisy by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb
Daisy has two days left at the shelter before she gets sent through the "bad door," never to return, when she is adopted by a family who needs her more than most. She begins to train for Colonel Victor, a veteran who suffers from PTSD, as his service dog. But Daisy has a past too, and it will take lots of work from everyone to get her ready to pass the test and take care of her new family.
Lemonade has just lost her mother to cancer, and has been placed in the home of her grandfather, Charlie, who she has never met before. His town is famous for the sighting of Bigfoot nearby. She meets a boy, Tobin, who runs a detective agency to gather information about Bigfoot. His father has not come home from Vietnam and is missing. Together they look for bigfoot clues, navigate the territory of losing a parent, and work on making friends.
Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin
This is a fairy tale about two sisters, as different as dark and light. They were once privileged, but now live in a cottage in the woods with their mother, after their father had disappeared into the woods and never came home. As the girls explore the woods they find many oddities, and learn of a great evil, but things may not always be as they seem. They must figure out what is what before everything they love is lost forever.
Superstar by Mandy Davis
Lester's father passed away five years ago in a space shuttle reentry accident. Now, he is going to school for the first time, since his mom has homeschooled him until now. He has some troubles adjusting to school, mostly because his brain is wired differently than most people - he has autism. As he works to fit in to his new classroom, and his new classroom works to fit him in, everyone learns that everyone is different - and that is not a bad thing.
The Uncommoners: The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell
Welcome to the uncommon world, where our common objects have very uncommon purposes. Ivy and her brother Seb are drawn into this world when their grandmother (who had an accident in 1969 that gave her amnesia) is revealed to be an uncommoner, and the uncommoner police come looking for her. She's been missing for forty years from their world after a horrible incident in which her father played a major part. Suspected of being part of the evil plot, Ivy and Zeb are quickly drawn deep into intrigue and magic as they struggle to clear their grandmother's name and find out exactly what happened on that fateful night in 1969.
Dirt by Denise Gosliner Orenstein
This is a story of Yonder, a girl who has lost her mother to a car accident, and now has a father incapable of caring for her properly due to his sorrow. As a result of the trauma in her life, she no longer speaks aloud. This makes her a target for bullies at school, and she decides simply to stop going. The only thing she can count on is Dirt - her neighbor's pony. When the neighbor decides to sell Dirt for horse meat, Yonder decides to kidnap him and keep him in her house. This works for awhile, but when social services becomes involved, things spiral out of control.and Yonder is left trying to make things right.
How to Be an Elephant by Katherine Roy
With beautiful watercolor illustrations, Katherine Roy takes us through the life of a baby elephant, showing how she learns how to survive, thrive, and be an elephant.
Genevieve's War by Patricia Reilly Giff
This historical fiction is set in Alsace, France, right near the border of Germany. Genevieve has spent the summer with her grandmother, Meme, and is about to head home to America when her grandmother hurts her ankle. Meme tells her she will be fine, and to get on the train, but Genevieve decides to stay and help her grandmother instead. As the war comes to their village, hardships abound, and Genevieve has to learn who she can trust, and how to survive until peace comes again.
Ivy by Katherine Coville
Ivy lives with her Grandmother, an animal healer, in the tidy village of Broomsweep, but they don't exactly fit in. When the kingdom's new queen is crowned, she decides to visit the towns and decide who is best. As the towns all compete to be the best, displaced magical creatures come seeking help from Grandmother. While Ivy thinks the creatures are grand, most of the villagers don't agree. What will the queen think?
Joplin, Wishing by Diane Stanley
When Joplin inherits a broken platter from her estranged grandfather, she glues it back together, not knowing the chain of events she will be setting off. The little girl painted on the platter looks so friendly, Joplin wishes she could be her friend. Next thing she knows, Joplin is looking at a very real girl, transformed from a painting to a real person, Sophie. As Joplin and Sophie become friends and learn more about each other, they find their stories are intertwined together more than they could have imagined.
Sergeant Reckless by Patricia McCormick
When a group of US Marines fighting in the Korean War found a bedraggled mare, they wondered if she could be trained to as a packhorse. They had no idea that the skinny, underfed horse had one of the biggest and bravest hearts they’d ever known. And one of the biggest appetites!
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
A wishtree is part of an Irish tradition where people tie scraps of paper or fabric with wishes written upon them to a hawthorn tree. When Maeve, an immigrant, arrived in the United States, there were no hawthorns in her neighborhood, so her wishtree is a red oak named Red. Maeve tied her first wish to Red many, many years ago, and her wish came true. Now, 216-odd years later, people are still making wishes, but Red has seen a lot in that time. There is a new immigrant family in one of the houses she shades, but not everyone is welcoming. Samar's wish is for a friend, and Red thinks she might be able to help, but two things stand in her way - her impending removal, and the fact that she isn't supposed to talk to humans.
The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff
Winnie's parents are crazy about her spending equal time with each of them after their divorce, and keep trying to outdo each other so that she will like that parent more. When she can't take it anymore, she moves into her treehouse, along with her 9 closest friends, and they begin a standoff.