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.

Native American – Early Readers

We Are Water Protectors	Carole Lindstrom
Sweetest Kulu	Celina Kalluk
A Day with Yayah	Nicola I. Campbell
Fry Bread	Kevin Noble Maillard
My Wounded Island	Jacques Pasquet
Little You	Richard Van Camp
First laugh : welcome, baby! / Rose Ann Tahe and Nancy Bo Flood ; illustrated by Jonathan Nelson

Native American – Middle Grade

Code Talker a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two Joseph Bruchac
Geronimo / Joseph Bruchac.
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall

Native American – YA

Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith
An Indigenous Peoples
#NotYourPrincess : Voices of Native American Women / by Lisa Charleyboy.

Native American – Adult

The Night Watchman	Louise Erdrich
There There	Tommy Orange
Future home of the living god : a novel / Louise Erdrich.
Ceremony / Leslie Marmon Silko ; introduction by Larry McMurtry ; with a new preface by the author.
Indian horse / Richard Wagamese.
Two Old Women	Velma Wallis
An Upriver Passamaquoddy	Alan Sockabasin
Bear Coyote Raven	Jason Grundstrom-Whitney
The heartbeat of Wounded Knee : native America from 1890 to the present / David Treuer
The only good Indians / Stephen Graham Jones
Crooked hallelujah / Kelli Jo Ford