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.

  • Immigration
  • LGBTQ+ Voices
  • Native American Voices
  • Social Injustice
  • Poverty & Homelessness

Female Voices – Early Readers

Hiking Day by Anne F. Rockwell
Who Says Women Can
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton
What to Do About Alice? by Barbara Kerley

Female Voices – Middle Grade

Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L
My Jasper June by Laurel Snyder

Female Voices – YA

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All	by Laura Ruby
All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Female Voices – Adult

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Still Life by Louise Penny
The Interestings by	Meg Wolitzer