More books available in Cherokee language

BY STAFF REPORTS
06/09/2014 09:34 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. –The Cherokee language can now be found in more books for readers to enjoy. Cherokee speakers from Cherokee Nation’s translation department read 10 early literacy books in Cherokee, which were recorded for the Unite for Literacy’s online e-book library.

The books are for ages 0-8 and are narrated in 18 languages, including Arabic, German, Navajo, Spanish and Cherokee, the newest language offered.

“The Unite for Literacy group has a pretty far reach, and their goal is to create literacy among children,” CN Cherokee Language Program Manager Roy Boney said. “Having the option to hear Cherokee in these books is really great for the preservation of the language. We’re very happy to partner with Unite for Literacy to make this happen.”

Unite for Literacy CEO Michael McGuffee said the website offers nearly 25,000 new e-books every week. He said he expects the Cherokee narrations to go live in July.

“We want to support all children in celebrating their cultures and languages, and get culturally and linguistically relevant books in their homes,” McGuffee said. “It’s important to work with the tribes that can narrate these books so they can be listened to in English and in Native languages, like Cherokee.”

“Saddle Up” by Racheal Martinez and “Loud and Clear” by Zaiga Cress are some of the e-books that will be available in Cherokee.

Unite for Literacy, based in Fort Collins, Colo., has more than 100 e-books that can be accessed for free at www.uniteforliteracy.com.

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