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 adult titles!



 


African American Voices

  • I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
  • I’m Still Here
  • by Austin Channing Brown
  • Place Hold
  • Beneath a Ruthless Sun by Gilbert King
  • Beneath a
    Ruthless Sun
  • by Gilbert King
  • Place Hold
  • Between the World and Me
  • by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Place Hold
  • How to be an Antiracist
  • by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Place Hold
  • The Sun Does Shine
  • by Anthony Ray Hinton
  • Place Hold
  • The Guide for White
    Women Who Teach
    Black Boys
  • by Eddie Moore
  • Place Hold

Asian American Voices

  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
  • by Austin Channing Brown
  • Place Hold
  • The Buddha in the Attic
  • by Julie Otsuka
  • Place Hold
  • Little Fires Everywhere
  • by Celeste Ng
  • Place Hold
  • The Woman Warrior
  • by Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Place Hold
  • All You Can Ever Know
  • by Nicole Chung
  • Place Hold
  • The Astonishing Color of After
  • by Emily X.R. Pan
  • Place Hold
  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
  • by Lisa See
  • Place Hold

Diverse Abilities

  • The Boys in the Bunkhouse
  • by Dan Barry
  • Place Hold
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • by Jean-Dominique Bauby
  • Place Hold
  • Autism in Heels
  • by Jennifer Cook O’Toole
  • Place Hold
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • by Mark Haddon
  • Place Hold
  • The Story of Beautiful Girl
  • by Rachel Simon
  • Place Hold
  • All the Light We Cannot See
  • by Anthony Doerr
  • Place Hold
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
  • by Anne Fadiman
  • Place Hold
  • The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
  • by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
  • Place Hold

Female Voices

  • The Buddha in the Attic
  • by Julie Otsuka
  • Place Hold
  • In the Dream House
  • by Carmen Maria Machado
  • Place Hold
  • Little Fires Everywhere
  • by Celeste Ng
  • Place Hold
  • Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered
  • by Karen Kilgariff
  • Place Hold
  • Bright Precious Thing
  • by Gail Caldwell
  • Place Hold

Hispanic American Voices

  • The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez
  • by Aaron Bobrow-Strain
  • Place Hold
  • The Book of Unknown Americans
  • by Cristina Henriquez
  • Place Hold
  • Maya’s Notebook
  • by Isabelle Allende
  • Place Hold
  • The Devil’s Highway
  • by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Place Hold
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  • by Junot Diaz
  • Place Hold
  • How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • by Julia Alvarez
  • Place Hold
  • This is How You Lose Her
  • by Junot Diaz
  • Place Hold
  • The Sound of Things Falling
  • by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
  • Place Hold

Immigration

  •  
  • The Other Americans
  • by Laila Lalami
  • Place Hold
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
  • by Ocean Vuong
  • Place Hold
  • The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez
  • by Aaron Bobrow-Strain
  • Place Hold
  • The Devil’s Highway
  • by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Place Hold
  • The Buddha in the Attic
  • by Julie Otsuka
  • Place Hold
  • The Book of Unknown Americans
  • by Cristina Henriquez
  • Place Hold
  • The Beekeeper of Aleppo
  • by Christy Lefteri
  • Place Hold
  • In the Country We Love
  • by Diane Guerrero
  • Place Hold
  • The Woman Warrior
  • by Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Place Hold
  • The Line Becomes a River
  • by Francisco Cantu
  • Place Hold

LGBTQ+ Voices

  •   
  • Becoming Who I Am
  • by Ritch C. Savin-Williams
  • Place Hold
  • She’s Not There
  • by Jennifer Finney Boylan
  • Place Hold
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • by Andrew Aciman
  • Place Hold
  • All My Mother’s Love
  • by Ilana Masad
  • Place Hold
  • Red, White & Royal Blue
  • by Casey McQuiston
  • Place Hold
  • In the Dream House
  • by Carmen Maria Machado
  • Place Hold
  • Beautiful on the Outside
  • by Adam Rippon
  • Place Hold
  • My Life on the Line
  • by Ryan O’Callaghan
  • Place Hold
  • I Can’t Date Jesus
  • by Michael Arceneaux
  • Place Hold

Native American Voices

  • Highway of Tears
  • by Jessica McDiarmid
  • Place Hold
  • An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
  • by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • Place Hold
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
  • by Dee Brown
  • Place Hold
  • Empire of the Summer Moon
  • by S.C. Gwyne
  • Place Hold
  • House Made of Dawn
  • by N. Scott Mornaday
  • Place Hold
  • The Plague of Doves
  • by Louise Erdrich
  • Place Hold
  • The Bingo Queens of Oneida
  • by Mike Hoeft
  • Place Hold
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • by David Grann
  • Place Hold
  • Blue Horses Rush In
  • by Luci Tapahonso
  • Place Hold

Social Injustice

  • Beneath a Ruthless Sun
  • by Gilbert King
  • Place Hold
  • The New Jim Crow
  • by Michelle Alexander
  • Place Hold
  • Me and White Supremacy
  • by Layla F. Saad
  • Place Hold
  • A People’s History of the United States
  • by Howard Zinn
  • Place Hold
  • The Color of Law
  • by Richard Rothstein
  • Place Hold
  • One Person, No Vote
  • by Carol Anderson
  • Place Hold
  • A Colony in a Nation
  • by Christopher Hayes
  • Place Hold
  • The Black and the Blue
  • by Matthew Horace
  • Place Hold
  • Half the Sky
  • by Nicholas D. Kristof
    & Sheryl WuDunn
  • Place Hold

Voices of those Experiencing Poverty & Homelessness

  • Nickel and Dimed
  • by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Place Hold
  • The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness
  • by Brianna Karp
  • Place Hold
  • The Tortilla Curtain
  • by T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • Place Hold