From June 30 to December 31, 2020, we are participating in the “Read Woke From Home” Challenge on Beanstack, born of a movement by school librarian Cicely Lewis to encourage students to read books that:

  • challenge a social norm
  • give voices and platforms to groups that have been marginalized in publishing
  • provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised
  • seek to challenge the status quo
  • have a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group.

This movement has been expanded to readers of all ages to help us all diversify our reading! Sign up at thomaston.beanstack.org to get started. Need a place to start for any of the challenge activities? Check out the book lists below. We have selected a few books for readers of different ages that would fulfill each challenge category. These lists are by no means exhaustive but are simply a place to start. Feel free to reach out to any of our librarians for additional help in selecting books for the challenge! 

Please note that we are continually working on making our collection inclusive and representative of a wide range of voices and perspectives. We recently applied for and received a grant from Diverse BookFinder to help diversify our picture book collection, but we still have work to do, especially for other reading levels. You may notice that some of the items we linked to in our book lists are available as interlibrary loans or ebooks through cloudLibrary. We wanted to make sure to bring some titles to your attention even if they aren’t directly available in our own collection at the moment. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about how to borrow these books.

Asian American Voices – Early Readers

Leila in Saffron b Rukhsanna Guidroz
Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed
Sumo Joe by Mia Wenjen
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Asian American Voices – Middle Grade

Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly
It Ain

Asian American Voices – YA

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
To All the Boys I
Warcross by Marie Lu
Internment by Samira Ahmed

Asian American – Adult

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
THe Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Chemistry by Weike Wang