Read Woke ™ Books Launches with the Issues in Action Series

By Megan Ciskowski, Associate Publicist

In 2017 Cicely Lewis began developing a program called Read Woke that encouraged readers to explore books written by diverse voices and with diverse characters. Since that time the program has taken off and found great success with librarians across the United States. In 2020 Lewis won School Library Journal’s School Librarian of the Year for her ingenuity and resourcefulness.

This fall Lewis and Lerner Publishing Group partner up to create Read Woke Books™, a collection that seeks to challenge social norms, give voice to the silenced, provide information about groups that have been disenfranchised, disrupt the status quo, and share perspectives from underrepresented or oppressed groups. The first series, Issues in Action, is written by Cicely Lewis and Elliott Smith, an experienced freelance author in the Washington D.C. area. Read on to find series information, author interviews and more!

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BOOKS FOR AFRICA CELEBRATES NEW WAREHOUSE OPENING IN ATLANTA UNDER LEADERSHIP OF BOARD PRESIDENT JONI SUSSMAN

Books For Africa (BFA) dedicated its new Atlanta warehouse with a grand opening on June 26, 2021. Millions of donated books from all over the country are sorted, packed and shipped each year from the Atlanta warehouse to the Port of Savannah, where they are sent by cargo ship to students throughout Africa. Approximately 10,000 volunteers pack books at the Atlanta warehouse each year.

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Multicultural Voices in Our First avenue Classics Line

First Avenue Classics transform unabridged editions of literary staples into compelling digital layouts, making the books accessible from any digital device. We’d like to highlight some of the multicultural voices available from the First Avenue Classics line.

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