October 2020-December2020

Woke (slang): Aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice) —Merriam-Webster

What is Read Woke? It’s a feeling. A form of education. A call to action, and our right as lifelong learners. It means arming yourself with knowledge to better protect your rights. Learning about others so you treat people with respect and dignity, no matter their religion, race, creed, or color. —Cicely Lewis

The Read Woke movement was created by Cicely Lewis, School Library Journal 2020 Librarian of the Year. To be included as suggested titles, the books must:

  • Challenge a social norm
  • Give voice to the voiceless
  • Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised
  • Seek to challenge the status quo
  • Have a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group

Beginning October 19, register for the challenge on Beanstack and earn badges for reading books written by authors of various marginalized communities. For all ages!



 


Click here for a printable list of all Read WOKE adult titles!

African American Voices

  • The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones
  • by Daven McQueen
  • Place Hold
  • The Black Kids
  • by Christina Reed Hammonds
  • Place Hold
  • Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now
  • by Dana Davis
  • Place Hold
  • The Stars and the Blackness Between Them
  • by Junauda Petrus
  • Place Hold

Asian American Voices

  • American Born Chinese
  • by Gene Luen Yang
  • Place Hold
  • When Dimple Met Rishi
  • by Sandhay Menon
  • Place Hold
  • Patron Saints of Nothing
  • by Randy Ribay
  • Place Hold
  • Yes, No, Maybe So
  • by Becky Albertalli
  • Place Hold
  • More Than Just a Pretty Face
  • by Syed Masood
  • Place Hold
  • You Asked for Perfect
  • by Laura Silverman
  • Place Hold
  • There’s Something About Sweetie
  • by Sandhya Menon
  • Place Hold
  • My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life
  • by Rachel Cohn
  • Place Hold

Diverse Abilities

  • You’re Welcome Universe
  • by Whitney Gardner
  • Place Hold
  • Anything But Typical
  • by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  • Place Hold
  • Love and F1rst Sight
  • by Josh Sundquist
  • Place Hold
  • Strangers Assume My Girlfriend is My Nurse
  • by Shane Burcaw
  • Place Hold
  • The Running Dream
  • by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • Place Hold
  • Marcelo in the Real World
  • by Francisco X. Stork
  • Place Hold

Female Voices

  • With the Fire on High
  • by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Place Hold
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
  • by Erika Sanchez
  • Place Hold
  • Love, Hate & Other Filters
  • by Samira Ahmed
  • Place Hold
  • You Too?
  • by Jane Gurtler
  • Place Hold
  • Here We Are
  • Place Hold
  • History vs. Women
  • by Anita Sarkeesian
  • Place Hold
  • We Should All Be Feminists
  • by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Place Hold
  • Speak: The Graphic Novel
  • by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Place Hold

Hispanic American Voices

  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
  • by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Place Hold
  • Under the Mesquite
  • by Guadalupe Garcia
  • Place Hold
  • Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
  • by Meg Medina
  • Place Hold
  • Gabi, a Girl in Pieces
  • by Isabel Quintero
  • Place Hold
  • American Road Trip
  • by Patrick Flores-Scott
  • Place Hold
  • The Education of Margot Sanchez
  • by Lilliam Rivera
  • Place Hold
  • From Farmworker to Astronaut
  • by Jose M. Hernandez
  • Place Hold
  • Tigers, Not Daughters
  • by Samantha Mabry
  • Place Hold

Immigration

  • The Sun is Also a Star
  • by Nicola Yoon
  • Place Hold
  • Ask Me No Questions
  • by Marina Tamar Budhos
  • Place Hold
  • Everything Sad is Untrue
  • by Daniel Nayeri
  • Place Hold
  • The Field Guide to the North American Teenager
  • by Ben Phillippe
  • Place Hold
  • Denied, Detained, Deported
  • by Ann Bausum
  • Place Hold

LGBTQ+ Voices

  • Stranger Than Fanfiction
  • by Chris Colfer
  • Place Hold
  • Symptoms of Being Human
  • by Jeff Garvin
  • Place Hold
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
  • by Becky Albertalli
  • Place Hold
  • True Letters from a Fictional Life
  • by Kenneth Logan
  • Place Hold
  • The Music of What Happens
  • by Bill Konigsberg
  • Place Hold
  • At the Broken Places
  • by Mary and Donald Collins
  • Place Hold
  • All Boys Aren’t Blue
  • by George M. Johnson
  • Place Hold
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe
  • by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Place Hold

Native American Voices

  • The Smell of Other People’s Houses
  • by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
  • Place Hold
  • Hearts Unbroken
  • by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • Place Hold
  • Give Me Some Truth
  • by Eric L. Gansworth
  • Place Hold
  • The Marrow Thieves
  • by Cherie Dimaline
  • Place Hold
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • by Sherman Alexie
  • Place Hold
  • If I Ever Get Out of Here
  • by Eric L. Gansworth
  • Place Hold
  • An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People
  • by Roxanne dunbar-Ortiz
  • Place Hold

Social Injustice

  • We Are Not Yet Equal
  • by Carol Anderson
  • Place Hold
  • This Book is Anti-racist
  • by Tiffany Jewell
  • Place Hold

Voices of those experiencing Poverty & Homelessness

  • Killing Time in Crystal City
  • by Chris Lynch
  • Place Hold
  • Can’t Get There From Here
  • by Todd Strasser
  • Place Hold
  • The Benefits of Being an Octopus
  • by Ann Braden
  • Place Hold
  • Sorta Like a Rock Star
  • by Matthew Quick
  • Place Hold