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

Hispanic American – Early Readers

Drum Dream Girl	Margarita Engle
Yo Soy Muslim	Mark Gonzales
Islandborn	Junot Diaz
Mama the Alien	Rene Colato Lainez

Hispanic American – Middle Grade

Mañanaland	Pam Muñoz Ryan
Merci Suarez Changes Gears	Meg Medina
Ghosts	Raina Telgemeier
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe	Carlos Alberto Pablo Hernandez

Hispanic American – YA

The Poet X	Elizabeth Acevedo
Shadowshaper	Daniel Jose Older
A Fierce and Subtle Poison	Samantha Mabry
Undead Girl Gang	Lily Anderson
What If It

Hispanic American – Adult

The Book of Unknown Americans	Cristina Henriquez
Children of the Land	Marcello Hernandez Castillo
The Lost Children Archive	Valeria Luiselli