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2019 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal Honor Award
2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book Award
Winner of the 2018 SCBWI Book Launch Award!
Cherokee Phoenix Interview on Receiving First Peoples Fund Fellowship
Recipient of 2018 Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship from First Peoples Fund
Cited as Book for "All Ages" in ALA's 2019 Notable Children's Books
Included on 2019 Notable Books for a Global Society Winners
Selected for 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Books List
2018 Activist Kids Shout Outs!
Included on Educator Pernille Ripp's Favorite Books of 2018!
Educators Honor We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga with 2018 Nerdie Award
Children's Book Council Names We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga to Helping Hands Book List
Named to School Library Journal’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2018!
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga on Kirkus' Best Picture Books of 2018 List
Starred Review: Horn Book Magazine "Underscores the importance of traditions . . . while simultaneously . . . challenging dated media images of Indigenous people."
Starred Review: Shelf Awareness "Has the ability to resonate with any reader"
"Highly Recommended" by Dr. Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga Makes SLJ's 56 Excellent Titles List - July 2018
Review: Booklist “Reads like poetry but has a gentle instructional dimension”
Starred Review: School Library Journal “Perfect for holiday and family sharing”
Starred Review: Kirkus “A gracious, warm, and loving celebration of community and gratitude”
Get to Know Me!
Don't Miss Books from 2018 That Feature Native Americans
KCUR Radio Interview: New Book With Kansas Connection Gives Kids Modern Look at Cherokee People
Five Questions for Traci Sorell and Frané Lessac - The Horn Book
Breaking With Tradition, Forging a New Path - Children's Book Council Diversity Newsletter
Showing Contemporary Cherokee Life Through a Children's Book
Joint Interview with Frane on the Non-Traditional Approach We Used
On Mentors and Mentoring for We Need Diverse Books in 2019
"New Voice" Interview - Cynsations
Native America Calling's Book of the Month - We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga - Listen to the Archived Broadcast
Traci Reads from We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga and Visits with Matthew Winner on The Children's Book Podcast
On Mentoring, Some Fave Native Kids' Books and More - M is for Movement
Dishing on Publishing Surprises, Illustrations, Hopes and Back Matter - Picture Book Builders
Interview - Charlesbridge Unplugged Podcast
KIDLIT411's Author Spotlight: Traci Sorell
Stories, Creativity and Connection - This Writing Life
Watch.Connect.Read. with Mr Schu
Cherokee Phoenix Interview about We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga Book Launch at Cherokee National Holiday
Video Interview with Dr. Kia Turner, Ed.D. at 2018 nErDcampKS
Interview and cover reveal for We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, my debut picture book on All The Wonders
Interview on KCUR, Kansas City’s public radio station, about race in children’s literature
Story of my publication journey
Sorell & Lessac Among SCBWI Members Winning ALA Young Media Awards
Mrs. P's Reading is Cool Blog with Actress Kathy Kinney
Featured on Brightly's Books to Share with Kids and Teens
Review of We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga for The Horn Book's Calling Caldecott
Picture Books That Invite Connection - Publishers' Weekly Shelf Talker
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga Highlighted for #classroombookaday
Thoughts on Writing, Networking, Goal Setting, Marketing and More!
12 Picture Books that Showcase Native Voices
Perfect Picture Book Friday Feature for We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga
A Special Kind of Grateful (and a Definition of Success I Agree With) - Seven Acre Sky
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga to Compete in March Book Madness!
Frané's Art Makes Horn Book's "Calling Caldecott" List!
Publisher's Weekly Feature on Kweli Color of Children's Literature Conference
My introduction as a Cynsations blog reporter
My article for librarian Edith Campbell’s “When Women Speak” series
How I signed with my literary agent, Emily Mitchell
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