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Read Woke learning resources

Learning type: Classroom activity
Category: Author/book resource, Get inspired, Talking and listening
Programme: Reading Schools
Language: English
Genre: Activism, Family, Identity, Relationships, Wellbeing
Age group: 6-8, 9-11
Audience: Young People

What is Read Woke?

The Read Woke challenge was developed by Cicely Lewis in Georgia, USA in 2017. Motivated by the political climate and seeing students grapple with issues of social injustice daily, Cicely realised the need to empower them with knowledge. Knowledge about the issues they (and others) face and knowledge about their own rights. The aim is to educate children and young people through reading. Find out more at readwoke.com(this link will open in a new window)

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.

- Cicely Lewis, Founder of Read Woke

Read Woke South Ayrshire

The Read Woke challenge was brought to Scotland in 2020 via the School Library Improvement Fund. A collaboration of South Ayrshire secondary schools created a book list and incentivised reading programme for S1–6 students with the aim of improving representation within library collections, celebrating diversity and encouraging students to be socially aware.

Further backing from the Scottish Library and Information Council has allowed this work to be expanded into a primary school setting with Read Woke South Ayrshire Primaries launched in February 2022.

Providing carefully chosen books to schools – along with tailor-made resources and activities through 2022 – is allowing us to educate and empower students to engage with social justice issues and stand up for the rights of themselves and others.

Learn more at ReadWokeSouthAyrshire.co.uk(this link will open in a new window)

About the resources

Scottish Book Trust has worked with the Read Woke South Ayrshire team to create a suite of resources to support reading and sharing of selected books in class. These resources are being made available for free to schools and teachers across Scotland so that they can also use the books in class and across the school to embed themes of equality, diversity and social justice throughout their curriculum from P1–S1. The resource packs currently available are: