Read Woke – Join Us This Spring

Discover diverse books for all ages

Read 10 books from a diverse collection of voices and share your experience with others!

From March 15th to May 14th, the Plymouth Public Library will be celebrating an exploration of this rich literature as part of the Read Woke program – follow this link to register.

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 will be an ongoing program over the course of two months. Read at your own pace and earn badges as you finish books.

  1. Register online.
  2. Find books to read from the recommended lists below or contact us for personalized suggestions.
  3. Share what you learn and encourage others to Read Woke too.

Read Woke – Resources with Recommended Titles to Read

Links to books, ebooks, audiobooks, and videos via School Library Journal. (June 2020)

A variety of themes and topics for a range of ages.
Cooperative Children’s Book Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

A database to help you identify and explore multicultural picture books.

A selection of informative links gathered by Cooperative Children’s Book Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A collection of picture books highlighting Hispanic stories.

The American Library Association highlights a range of underrepresented voices.

Recommendations to read with children at Thanksgiving.

A collection of picture books highlighting LGBTQ content.

Links from the organization We Need Diverse Books.

Recommended reads via School Library Journal. (May 2020)

Links to diverse reads and resources.

How to Participate?

This is an online program.  To participate, create an account or login to the Library’s Beanstack page here, where, starting on March 15 you will be able to join us in this exploration.

You can also get the Beanstack App for your mobile device! Android | Apple

Posted in Library News, Tweens & Teens, Youth Services News.