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Read Woke: Female Voices, Picture and Early Chapter Books for Young Readers and their Families

Here you will find a list of books all created by women, most have at least one other intersectional identity, all have more than the titles listed here in our collection. #readwoke

Like the moon loves the sky

Hena Khan

jE Khan
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Picture Books

Illustrations and prose inspired by the Quran celebrate a mother's love and hopes for her child.

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This incredible picture book was inspired by the Quran, and celebrates the love between mothers and daughters.
- Casey

Sadiq and the desert star

Siman Nuurali

jFICTION Nuurali Siman
Read Woke, Black Lives Matter, Early Chapter Books

Sadiq's father is going on a business trip, but before he goes he tells Sadiq a story of the Desert Star, which fits in perfectly with Sadiq's third grade class field trip to the planetarium, and inspires Sadiq to build a simple telescope to study the stars when his father returns.

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Join Sadiq as he learns all about the solar system in this one! This is the first book in the Sadiq series.
- Casey

We are water protectors

Carole Lindstrom

jE Lindstro
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Picture Books

Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all... When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people's water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth's most sacred resource. Inspired by the many indigenous-led movements across North America, this bold and lyrical picture book issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption.

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Wow. Images and text combine here to give a wonderfully powerful message, I could gush for days about how beautiful and important this book is. Read it already!
- Casey

Lines

Suzy Lee

jE Lee
Read Woke, Picture Books

In this wordless picture book, each image starts with a single line, whether made by a pencil or the blade of a skate--and the magic flows from there.

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Suzy's wordless picture books are delightful. This one gets me in the mood for the upcoming winter!
- Casey

A hat for Mrs. Goldman : a story about knitting and love

Michelle Edwards

jE Edwards
Read Woke, Picture Books

Sophia knits a special hat for her elderly neighbor and knitting teacher, Mrs. Goldman.

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This story is so sweet and the author is local! If you haven't read this one yet, I highly recommend it.
- Casey

Yaffa and Fatima : shalom, salaam

Fawzia Gilani-Williams

jE Gilani-Williams
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Picture Books

"Yaffa and Fatima live on neighboring date farms. When very little rain leads to a poor harvest, both women go to extra measures to make sure that their neighbor doesn't go hungry"--

Dreamers

Yuyi Morales

jE Morales
Read Woke, Picture Books

"An illustrated picture book autobiography in which award-winning author Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story"--

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If you haven't read this masterpiece by Yuyi Morales yet, now is definitely the time!
- Casey

My best friend

Julie Fogliano

jE Fogliano
Read Woke, Picture Books

Two girls quickly become best friends, even before they learn one another's names.--

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I love this picture book all about the innocence and joy of childhood friendship!
- Casey

The most beautiful thing

Kao Kalia Yang

ON ORDER BOOK
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Picture Books

"Drawn from Kao Kalia Yang's childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this heartfelt picture book offers a window into the life of a family with little money and a great deal of love"--

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I cannot wait to see this one when it gets in!
- Casey

Shanyaak'utlaa̲x

jE Salmon
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Early Chapter Books

"After a Tlingit mother gives her son a dried piece of salmon with mold on the end, he flings it away in disgust, committing a taboo. This offends the Salmon People, who sweep him into the water and into their world, where they name him Shanyaak'utlaa̲x or Salmon Boy. Find out what happens to Shanyaak'utlaa̲x in this ancient Tlingit story"--Dust jacket.

Juana & Lucas

Juana Medina

jFICTION Medina, Juana
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Early Chapter Books

A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English-speaking place.

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Juana Medina's early chapter book series is delightful. Funny and realistic, this is a series not to miss.
- Casey

Birdsong

Julie Flett

jE Flett
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Picture Books

"When a young girl moves from the country to a small town, she feels lonely and out of place. But soon she meets an elderly woman next door, who shares her love of [nature and art]. Can the girl navigate the changing seasons and failing health of her new friend?"--Publisher marketing.

Don't touch my hair!

Sharee (Illustrator) Miller

jE Miller
Read Woke, Black Lives Matter, Picture Books

Aria loves her soft and bouncy hair, but must go to extremes to avoid people who touch it without permission until, finally, she speaks up. Includes author's note.

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Sharee Miller's books are great! I particularly love this one.
- Casey

This is our house

Hyewon Yum

jE Yum
Read Woke, Diverse Characters, Picture Books

Follows a family through seasons and generations as the house to which their immigrant grandparents came is transformed into a home.

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This is a title I love sharing at storytime. Not only are the illustrations and message beautiful, but the house as a character here is truly wonderful. Read this one in a quiet moment together.
- Casey

The stuff of stars

Marion Dane Bauer

jE Bauer
Read Woke, Picture Books

Explores the formation of the universe.

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Ekua Holmes' illustrations soar! Be prepared to spend some time with each of the collages here.
- Casey

Meet Yasmin!

Saadia Faruqi

jREADER Faruqi Saadia
Read Woke, Early Readers, Early Chapter Books

In this compilation of four separately published books, Pakistani American second grader Yasmin learns to cope with the small problems of school and home, while gaining confidence in her own skills and creative abilities.

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This series is great! I love that it's available in both the early reader stand alone and the combined chapter book formats.
- Casey