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Welcome! The Read Woke challenge runs from October 4, 2021 through April 1, 2022 for All Ages – Teens, Kids, & Adults.
The Read Woke movement was created by Cicely Lewis, award winning librarian, teacher, and writer. Read Woke is about learning about people, cultures, and social issues that may be outside of your own experience. It’s also about learning more about social injustices that you may face in your own life. Gain new knowledge, build empathy, and empower yourself.
Join the challenge to read outstanding books by diverse authors and enter for a chance to win prizes.
13 and over? Sign up for the Read Woke Challenge through Beanstack, a website and app that you can use to track your reading!
Under 13? Pro tip: Multiple participants can log their progress under one Beanstack account (e.g. parents and their children). View our Beanstack Tutorial for details.
Sign in here to join and log your progress.
If you are not able to participate online, drop by your local library branch to pick-up a paper version to join in the fun.
Check out the Read Woke ORL booklists for lists for each badge category.
Diverse Book Finder
Antiracist Resources and Reads: Lists for All Ages
CCBC Social Justice & Diversity Book Bank
Enter for a chance to win a book from the reading lists. We have books for all ages.
Enter for a chance to win a tote bag with some swag inside like stickers, notebooks, and buttons.
Enter for a chance to win a T-Shirt.
Read Woke is a movement. It is a feeling. It is a style. It is a form of education. It is a call to action; it is our right as lifelong learners. It means arming yourself with knowledge in order to better protect your rights. Knowledge is power and no one can take it away. It means learning about others so that you can treat people with the respect and dignity that they deserve no matter their religion, race, creed, or color.
– Cicely Lewis, founder of Read Woke