October 2020-December 2021

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 youth picture book titles!

Click here for a printable list of all Read WOKE youth chapter book titles!

Suggested Picture Books

African American Voices

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander | Black is a Rainbow by Angela Joy | Going Down Home with Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons

Hands Up by Breanna McDaniel | In Your Hands by Carole Boston Weatherford | Shades of Black by Sandra Pinkney

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o | Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds | Superluminous by Ian De Haes

Boonoonoonous Hair by Olive Senior | Crown by Derrick Barnes | Lift As You Climb by Patricia Hruby Powell

Mixed Me by Taye Diggs | Magnificent Homespun Brown by Samara Cole Doyan | Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin

Just Like a Mama by Alice Faye Duncan | Just Like Me by Vanessa Brantley-Newton | Don’t Touch My Hair by Sharee Miller

Grandma’s Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton | Princess Hair by Sharee Miller | Hair Love by Matthew Cherry

Asian American Voices

Ling & Ting Not Exactly the Same by Grace Lin | Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say | The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Leila in Saffron by Rukhsanna Guidroz | Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed | Hiromi’s Hands by Lynne Barasch

Mooncakes by Loretta Seto | When the Cousins Came by Katie Yamasaki | Yo Soy Muslim by Mark Gonzales

Natsumi by Susan Lendroth

Diverse Abilities

Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari | My Ocean is Blue by Darren Lebeuf | Not so Different by Shane Burcaw

Intersection Allies by Chelsea Johnson | Autism and Me by Ouisie Shapiro | Moses Goes to a Concert by Isaac Millman

Let’s Talk About It by Fred Rogers | Some Kids Use Wheelchairs by Lola Schaefer

Hispanic American Voices

Islandborn by Junot Diaz | Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de le Pena | Wachale!

Looking for Bongo by Eric Velasquez | Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal | Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera

Salsa Lullaby by Jen Arena | My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero

Native American Voices

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom | We Are Grateful by Traci Sorell | The People Shall Continue by Simon Ortiz

Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard | Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie | Powwow by Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane

Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child | At the Mountain’s Base by Traci Sorell

Female Voices

Sweety by Andrea Zuill | Black Women Who Dared by Naomi M. Moyer | Firebird by Misty Copeland

A Girl Like Me by Angela Johnson | Girls Can Do Anything by Caryl Hart | Dress Like a Girl by Patricia Toht

Social Injustice

Something Happened In Our Town by Marianne Celano | Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi | Every Little Letter by Deborah Underwood

I Walk With Vanessa by Kerascoet | Be Who You Are by Todd ParrM is for Movement by Innosanto Nagara

We March by Shane Evans | A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara | An ABC of Equality by Channa Ginelle Ewing

Kid Activists by Robin Stevenson | Common Threads by Huda Essa | You Matter by Christian Robinson

Immigration

Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Mendez | Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms by Robert Paul Weston | Mustafa by Marie-Louise Gay

The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates | What is a Refugee? by Elise Gravel | The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

LGBTQ+ Voices

I’m Not a Girl by Maddox Lyons | When Aidan Became a Big Brother by Kyle Lukoff | Pride Colors by Robin Stevenson

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel | A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager | Home at Last by Vera B. Williams

My Maddy by Gayle Pitman | The GayBCs by M.L. Webb | Jack (Not Jackie) by Erica Silverman

It Feels Good to Be Yourself by Theresa Thorn | Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Voices of those Experiencing Poverty & Homelessness

What is Given From the Heart by Pat McKissack | A Bike Like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts | Yard Sale by Eve Bunting

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Suggested Chapter Books

African American Voices

  • A Good Kind of Trouble
  • by Lisa Moore Ramee
  • Place Hold
  • Genesis Begins Again
  • by Alicia Williams
  • Place Hold
  • For Black Girls Like Me
  • by Mariarna Lockington
  • Place Hold
  • The Season of Styx Malone
  • by Kekla Magoon
  • Place Hold

Asian American Voices

  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
  • by Grace Lin
  • Place Hold

Diverse Abilities


Hispanic American Voices

  • The Epic Fall of Arturo Zamora
  • by Pablo Cartaya
  • Place Hold
  • Stella Diaz Has Something To Say
  • by Angela Dominguez
  • Place Hold
  • My Corner of the Ring
  • by Jesselyn Silva
  • Place Hold
  • The Way to Rio Luna
  • by Zoraida Cordova
  • Place Hold
  • Charlie Hernandez & the League of Shadows
  • by Ryan Calejo
  • Place Hold

Native American Voices

  • What the Eagle Sees
  • by Eldon Yellowhorn
  • Place Hold
  • Indian No More
  • by Charlene Willing McManis
  • Place Hold
  • The Birchbark House
  • by Louise Erdrich
  • Place Hold

Female Voices

  • The Runaway Princess
  • by Johan Troianowski
  • Place Hold
  • Amazons, Abolitionists and Activists
  • by Mikki Kendall
  • Place Hold

Social Injustice

  • Black Brother, Black Brother
  • by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Place Hold

Immigration

  • We’re Not From Here
  • by Geoff Rodkey
  • Place Hold
  • American Immigration
  • by Kathleen Krull
  • Place Hold
  • Other Words for Home
  • by Jasmine Warga
  • Place Hold

LGBTQ+ Voices

  • The Midwinter Witch
  • by Molly Ostertag
  • Place Hold
  • The Stars Beneath Our Feet
  • by David Barclay Moore
  • Place Hold

Voices of those Experiencing Poverty & Homelessness

  • No Fixed Address
  • by Susin Nielsen Fernlund
  • Place Hold
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  • The Fresh New Face of Griselda
  • by Jennifer Torres
  • Place Hold
  • How to Steal A Dog
  • by Barbara O’Connor
  • Place Hold