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Read Woke

Read Woke at Home  

September 1-November 30 on Beanstack  

Join us for an online reading challenge that is all about discovering diverse titles! Starting September 1, log your books and earn badges for a chance to win diverse book bundles and prizes. Open to all ages, register at homewood.beanstack.org

Right, there are 11 badges up for grabs! There is a list of suggested titles linked to each badge and can be read in any order you wish, and don’t forget to log in any other books you read. The more you read the more you could win!

Also, DON’T FORGET about Banned Books Week set for September 27 through October 3! This year’s theme is Find Your Freedom to Read.

So, are you up for the challenge? What are you waiting for? Dust off your to-be-read lists, get on booktube, go to your favorite lit website and get inspired! There are some awesome books out there right now! Get to it!

See you in the Beanstack! …and by the way, if want to know more about the Read Woke movement, just click here.

Read Woke Beanstack Challenge: Badges and Suggested Reading Lists

African American

  1. Black Enough by Ibi Zoboi
  2. The Black Kids by Kiersey Clemons
  3. March: Book 1 by John Lewis
  4. The Voting Book by Brandy Colbert
  5. Slay by Brittney Morris
  6. Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe (on order)
  7. X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz
  8. Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
  9. Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Asian American / Pacific Islander

  1. Parachutes by Kelly Yang
  2. Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir by Robin Ha
  3. We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
  4. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
  5. Frankly in Love by David Yoon
  6. American Panda by Gloria Chao
  7. Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
  8. Why No Goodbye? By Pamela Laskin

Banned Books Week (September 27-October 3)

  1. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  3. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  5. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  6. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  8. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki (replacement copy on order)

Diverse Abilities

  1. The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais
  2. Cursed by Karol Ruth Silverstein
  3. A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
  4. Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali
  5. Run by Kody Keplinger
  6. Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens edited by Marieke Nijkamp
  7. You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
  8. Can You See Me? by Libby Scott
  9. Dog Driven by Terry Lynn Johnson

Female Voices

  1. Go with the Flow by Lily Williams & Karen Schneeman
  2. Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson
  3. Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World by Kelly Jensen
  4. A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell
  5. The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
  6. Girls Like Us by Randi Pink (Birmingham Author)
  7. My Eyes Are Up Here by Laura Zimmermann

Hispanic LatinX

  1. Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer de Leon
  2. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
  3. Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena
  4. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
  5. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevado
  6. Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
  7. Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite


  1. We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
  2. American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  3. The Far Away Brothers (adapted for young adults) by Lauren Markham
  4. Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri
  5. How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
  6. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  7. Without Refuge by Jane Mitchell


  1. Felix Ever After by Kaven Callender
  2. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki
  3. Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
  4. Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
  5. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
  6. The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus
  7. Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Native American

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  2. Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth
  3. Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  4. Elatsoe by Dacie Little Badger (on order)
  5. Code Talk by Joseph Bruchac
  6. I can Make This Promise by Christine Day

Poverty & Homelessness Voices

  1. The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson
  2. Tyrell  by Coe Booth
  3. Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown
  4. Jackpot by Nic Stone
  5. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
  6. Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Social Injustice

  1. I am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina
  2. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
  3. This is My American by Kim Johnson
  4. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
  5. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
  6. Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi
  7. Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

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