Book cover of We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga



Publisher & Publication Year

Charlesbridge, 2021

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Traci Sorell (Cherokee Nation)

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Frané Lessac



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, this book follows a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. It is appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah.

Notable Achievements

2020 Odyssey Honor (recognizing excellence in audiobooks); 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book; 2019 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Honor Book; 2019 Sibert Honor Book; 2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book; 2019 Notable Books for a Global Society; NPR’s Guide To 2018's Great Reads; Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2018; School Library Journal Best Books of 2018; 2018 Book Launch Award (SCBWI); 2018 JLG selection; Reading the West Book Award Winner; CCBC Choices 2019; Nautilus Gold Award - Children's Illustrated Nonfiction; A Margaret Wise Brown Best Board Book of 2023


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