Cherokee Picture Book Shares Lessons of Gratitude for Thanksgiving and All Year Long

Every day, every season, we are grateful, writes Traci Sorell, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and author of We Are Grateful: Ostaliheliga, a colorful picture book illustrated by Frané Lessac and featured on this year’s Read Across America calendar. The picture book takes readers on a journey through the year with a Cherokee family and their tribal nation as they express thanks for celebrations and moments big and small. Sorrell, who was born and raised in the Cherokee Nation, began writing for children when she noticed a lack of books that feature contemporary Native Americans.

NEA Today spoke to Sorrell about We Are Grateful:Ostaliheliga and the lessons it contains.

Why are lessons of gratitude important for young people? Why are they important for all people?