Traci writes fiction and nonfiction books as well as poems for children. Her debut nonfiction picture book, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, features the universal value of gratitude through a panorama of modern-day Cherokee cultural practices and experiences across the four seasons. Illustrated by Frané Lessac and published by Charlesbridge Publishing, the book is a 2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book, a Junior Library Guild selection, and featured on the 2018 Best Books lists for Kirkus, School Library Journal, NPR and Chicago Public Library. We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga has also received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, The Horn Book and Shelf Awareness.
Traci is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in northeastern Oklahoma, where her tribe is located. For more about Traci and her forthcoming works, visit www.tracisorell.com. #tracisorell, #otsaliheliga, #kidlit, #Cherokee