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Staff Picks: Read Woke Books for Kids and Teens

 

Earlier this week we shared Read Woke Staff Picks for Adults. Now it’s time for the kids and teens in your life. Yes! Kids and teens can Read Woke, too!

“Read Woke” is a national movement started by Cicely Lewis, School Library Journal’s 2020 School Librarian of the Year, that encourages people to explore diverse stories and read books by authors from underrepresented and marginalized groups. “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.”

If you haven’t had the chance to register your kids for the challenge, there’s still time to join! Register today!

Need help finding a book to read? Our Youth Services staff members have recommended some great books for kids and teens. All are available in the Library’s collection.

Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your Color by Monique Fields

Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your Color by Monique Fields
Read Woke Category: Black Voices
“A really sweet and cute story of a girl finding a word to describe the color of her skin and how unique it is.” 
— Rachel Watts,
Youth Services
Book: Library Catalog

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Read Woke Category: Black and Female Voices
“It is a story about an albino girl living in Nigeria who is plunged into a world of magic and danger, and discovers she has hidden powers. The world building for this book is spectacular (and the audiobook version is awesome)!”
— Heather Phillips,
Youth Services
Book:
Library Catalog
eAudiobook: hoopla, OverDrive
eBook: OverDrive

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson
Read Woke Category: Black Voices
“It is about the Children’s Crusade in Birmingham in 1963 during the Civil Rights Movement, protesting segregation.”
— Mindy Jackson,
Youth Services
Book: Library Catalog
eAudiobook: hoopla

Love is Powerful by Heather Dean Brewer

Love is Powerful by Heather Dean Brewer
Read Woke Category: Female Voices
“A beautiful message about how we’re never too young or too small to make a difference. Love is powerful and helps us be heard. This is inspired by the real-life experiences of the Women’s March in 2017.”
— Katie Gulas,
Youth Services
Book: Library Catalog

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
Read Woke Category: Asian and Immigrant Voices
“This gorgeous graphic novel for teens uses traditional versions of fairy tales to illustrate the journey a mother and her son take in their quest for acceptance.”
— Veronic De Fazio,
Youth Services
Book: Library Catalog

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
Read Woke Category: LGBTQIA Voices
“This YA graphic novel is a fluffy, sweet romance between anxious openly-gay Charlie and cheerfully kind Nick, a rugby player who is still figuring out his sexuality. Filled with lovable characters, heartwarming moments, and one adorable dog, this graphic novel is too pure for this world.”
— Jennifer Smith,
Youth Services
Book: Library Catalog
eBook: OverDrive

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