Traci Sorell showcases the Native American Experience

As we look ahead to spring, MRA is moving its annual conference online during the weekend of March 12 to 14, 2021. One of our featured speakers is Cherokee Nation citizen and award-winning author Traci Sorrel, who writes fiction and nonfiction works for young people.

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Traci’s debut nonfiction picture book We Are Grateful:Otsaliheliga (Charlesbridge, 2018), illustrated by Frane Lessac, won a 2020 American indian Youth Literature Award Picture Book Honor and a 2019 Orbis Pictus Honor, a 2019 Sibert Honor, and a 2019 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Honor. It also received four starred reviews and a 2020 Odyssey Honor Award for the audiobook.

Her lyrical story in verse, At the Mountain’s Base is a 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Honor book. Traci’s historical fiction middle grade novel, Indian No More, with the late Charlene Willing McManis, won the 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Award and was the upper elementary selection for the 2020 Global Read Aloud.

In 2021 she will send two more nonfiction picture books into the world – Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer (Millbrook, March 2) and We Are Still Here: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know (Charlesbridge, April 20), both of which are Junior Library Guild Selections.

A former federal Indian law attorney and policy advocate, Traci Sorell is a 2021 Tulsa Artist Fellow and lives with her family on the Cherokee Nation’s reservation in northeastern Oklahoma. You can find out more about her and her work online at or follow her on twitter @tracisorell.

Traci Sorell reads her picture book, At The Mountain’s Base, in this two minute video.

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