We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

 by Traci Sorell and Frané Lessac

Charlesbridge Publishers

2019 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book

2019 Notable Book American Library Association

2019 Notable Book for a Global Society

2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

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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