Traci enjoys sharing her love of crafting stories and poems with young people.
To invite Traci to your school or library, contact her here for current rates and availability. Please include your name, email, phone number, preferred dates and name of your institution.
An Author's Life: Reading, Writing, Revising & Teaching
What does an author do? Traci will reveal her path to becoming a published author, including how she draws inspiration from those early visits to her school and local libraries as well as how becoming a first generation college graduate shaped the work she does now.
Contemporary Native American Representations in Children's Literature
Native Americans show up more often in children's literature than they do in classroom texts and mainstream pop culture. Traci will highlight her work and those of others that provide all students with much needed books for children and teens that reflect contemporary culture and lives of Native Nations in the United States.
Crafting Compelling Nonfiction
The popularity of nonfiction in children's literature continues to grow as more books enter the market showcasing innovative text structures, captivating art, and engaging text. Traci will share the tools she uses to research and craft compelling nonfiction books.
Traci also offers writing workshops for smaller groups on poetry and revision for grades 3-8.
What Educators and Librarians Have Said
We were lucky enough to have Traci Sorell visit our K-8 Tribal School this past year. To say it was remarkable would be an understatement! She spoke to all our kids about her award-winning book and shared teachings about the beautiful Cherokee culture. She also spoke about how important representation in literature is for all students, and how under-represented our Native American students are in contemporary children's literature. She shared excerpts from her upcoming stories with them and did writing workshop sessions with several of our classes. She even met with smaller groups of students to share her own path to becoming a published author. She helped my students to see that being a writer is a real possibility. Many students today have a hard time figuring out how to become something they cannot see, and Traci helped my students imagine themselves as future authors, showed them a pathway to get there, and provided them with the inspiration they need to share their own stories. Miigwech, wado, thank you, Traci!
~ Susan Solomon, Gifted Education Specialist, JKL Bahweting School, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
As a writer for young people and a lawyer and Native American policy-maker, Traci is an ideal visitor to any school setting, from elementary schools to universities. Over the course of one day, I observed Traci talk about writing and Cherokee culture with elementary students, and then converse with teachers and university professors about education, writing, Native voices in children’s literature, Cherokee history, and federal policy with equal comfort. Traci has so much to share with children, their teachers, and their parents-- about the writing process, the representation of Native Americans in contemporary children’s literature, and more.
~ Dr. Mary Ann Cappiello, Professor, Language and Literacy, Lesley University and former Chair of NCTE’s Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Young People, Cambridge, MA
Traci Sorell is a treasure! My students, many of which are Cherokee citizens, were so excited to explore the Cherokee heritage through the pages of her book. They loved hearing and reading We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, learning the Cherokee language, and getting a glimpse into the Cherokee culture. Wado, Traci! You are welcome in our library any time!!
~ Christi Horner, Librarian, Glenn C. Moore Elementary School, Nowata, OK
We loved having Traci at our school. Her book, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, aligned perfectly with our fourth graders' unit on First Americans. Students enjoyed talking with Traci not only about the content of her book but also about the writing process!
~ Betsy Hamm, Librarian, John Eaton Elementary School, Washington, DC
Traci was very personable and able to communicate with a wide age range of students. Her knowledge and presentation through her book talk enhanced their knowledge of Native cultures beyond those in our area and highlighted her journey to become a Native American author. She also participated in a luncheon with Native students who were able to interact with and view Traci as a positive, educated Native American female leader paving new pathways as an author.
~ David Sprunk, Native American Home & School Liaison, Pine City Elementary School, MN
Traci’s presentation was fantastic! The kids were engaged and intrigued by her stories behind the books. Highly recommend!
~ Cheré Fergerson, third grade teacher, Jenks Southeast Elementary School, Tulsa, OK
We appreciated the range of learning styles touched on in the course of your presentation. By incorporating movement, art, literature, emotional intelligence, and an appreciation for diversity, you invited the entire room of young readers to engage with your lovely book.
~ Kit Ballenger, Program Director, An Open Book Foundation, who coordinated visit to Payne Elementary School in Washington, DC
During her visit, Traci engaged with children, teachers, teacher candidates, and university faculty in a variety of settings. Each interaction brought delight, challenge, insight, and enriched appreciation of not just Cherokee culture but also the many lovely ways of being in this world. Wado, Traci!
~Dr. Sue Christian Parsons, Associate Professor and Jacques Munroe Professor of Reading and Literacy, Oklahoma State University
The world of Native people in North America is bountiful and having Traci visit with our students provided the opportunity to learn beyond their study of the Wampanoag people of Massachusetts. Traci’s love of her book and commitment to the importance of sharing Cherokee life with a wide audience is palpable. Students loved practicing Cherokee vocabulary and asking questions about the history of the Cherokee, as well as their life in the 21st century. And yes, a few cultural myths were dispelled when a student asked if the Cherokee drive trucks! Thank you Traci for your important contribution to libraries across the country. ~Sarah Novogrodsky, Librarian, Haggerty School, Cambridge, MA