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.

Diverse Abilities – Early Readers

Like the Moon Loves the Sky by Hena Khan
Another by Christian Robinson
Hello Goodbye Dog
King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan
IntersectionAllies by Carolyn Choi et al

Diverse Abilities – Middle Grade

OCDaniel by Wesley King
You Don
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
Me and Sam Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

Diverse Abilities – YA

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
A Silent Voice  by Yoshitoki Oima
Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans