We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga ᎣᏣᎵᎮᎵᎦ

 by Traci Sorell and Frané Lessac

Charlesbridge Publishers

2020 American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor

2020 Odyssey Award  Honor Audiobook

2020 Audiobook of the Year Finalist

2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Honor Award

2019 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book

2019 Reading the West Book Awards Picture Book Winner

2018 Nautilus Children’s Illustrated Non-Fiction Winner

2019 AudioFile Best Audio Books

2019 Notable Book American Library Association

2019 Notable Book for a Global Society

2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

2019  Oklahoma Book Award Finalist

2020 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award Shortlist

2019 Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices List

2018 Best Books List – Kirkus, School Library Journal, NPR

2018 Best of the Books List – Chicago Public Library

2018 Best Multicultural Children’s Books – Center for Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature

2018 Nerdies: Best Nonfiction Picture Books List

2018 Junior Library Guild Selection

*Starred reviews – Kirkus, School Library Journal, Shelf Awareness, The Horn Book

A look at modern Native American life as told by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-le-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah.

Download: Teachers’ Notes 
Download: Coloring Sheets
Here is how to pronounce the Cherokee words that appear in the book. Click on each to hear the official pronunciation from Emilee Chavez, a Cherokee Nation citizen and language speaker: Cherokee words spoken by Emilee Chavez
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