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Read Woke

Read Woke Challenge

Discover diverse books for all ages!
Join the conversation.

Read 10 books from a diverse collection of voices and share your experience with others!
Read Woke is an ongoing challenge, so you can start anytime and finish at your own pace.

What is Read Woke?

"Read Woke is a movement. It is a feeling. It is a style. It is a form of education. It is a call to action; it is our right as lifelong learners. It means arming yourself with knowledge in order to better protect your rights. Knowledge is power and no one can take it away. It means learning about others so that you can treat people with the respect and dignity that they deserve no matter their religion, race, creed, or color." - Cicely Lewis, creator of Read Woke

What is a "Woke Book"?

A Woke Book 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
How does the Read Woke Challenge work?

Read Woke is an ongoing program for all ages. Read at your own pace and earn badges as you finish books!

  1. Register online or pick up a paper form at your library.
  2. Read books from the recommended lists below.
  3. Share what you learn and encourage others to Read Woke too!

Discover diverse books, log activities, and READ WOKE!

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Read Woke Resources

Click on the links below to find reading recommendations for adults, teens, and kids!

Additional Resources

Change your perspective by listening to new voices and exploring other cultures.

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Thank you

Thank you to Beanstack for developing this challenge in partnership with Read Woke Creator, Cicely Lewis.

Click here and here to read more about Cicely and the movement!



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