Read Woke Challenge

“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.

I concluded that a Woke Book must: • Challenge a social norm • Give voice to the voiceless • Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised • Seek to challenge the status quo • Have a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group”

– Cicely Lewis, School Librarian and creator of Read Woke

How the Challenge Works:

There are 12 badges to complete to finish the challenge. Each badge features an underrepresented or oppressed group. To earn a badge you need to read a book that has a protagonist from the group and tell us what you learned. 

Need book suggestions for the challenge? Westwood Librarians have made booklists for each badge and for each age group (K-2, 3-5, 6-12, and adult) featuring books available at the library. For these lists and more information about the challenge, please visit our Read Woke Libguide. 

The challenge is open for K-12th grade and adults of all ages and starts November 1st! To participate, go to the Beanstack App or visit  (hint: if you participated in summer reading on Beanstack you already have an account do not need to make a new one, just log into your account and choose the Read Woke challenge).