All 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders were introduced to the state-wide Sequoyah Book Award program back in October. The Sequoyah program is the third oldest state’s children’s choice award in the nation. It encourages students in Oklahoma to read books of literary quality. Reading teams consisting of school and public librarians throughout Oklahoma select the books on the Sequoyah Masterlist. They choose books based on literary merit, originality, timelessness, subject matter for appropriate age group, factual accuracy, clarity, and readability. Students are asked to read or have read to them three (3) books from the Masterlist to be eligible to vote in March.
NOTE: Some of the books may not be appropriate for your child to read. I have attached an annotated list with my grade level recommendations. I would also recommend going to the Barnes and Noble or Amazon sites to read reviews and get a detailed synopsis.
This year at John Ross I am encouraging all third, fourth, and fifth grade students to participate in the Sequoyah Book Challenge. The challenge asks students to read beyond the 3 books required for voting. There are prizes for every two books read. In order to be awarded the prizes, students MUST write a 5-7 sentence review about each book. When at least 10 book reviews have been written, students will be invited to the Sequoyah celebration in April. This is a voluntary reading experience. I hope your child will choose to participate. If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to call me at school, 706-4490, and I will be happy to visit with you.