Cicely Lewis is a YA author and school librarian with a passion for encouraging others to love reading. She started the Read Woke™ Books in partnership with Lerner Publishing Group in response to the shootings of young unarmed black people, the repeal of DACA, and the lack of diversity in young adult literature. The program's mission is to give voice to the silenced, disrupt the status quo, and share perspectives from underrepresented or oppressed groups, and it has become an international phenomenon among educators. In 2019, it was named the American Library Association’s best literature program for teens.

Lewis will discuss her books, “Mass Incarceration, Black Men, and the Fight for Justice,” available now, about the history and causes of mass incarceration and how activists are reforming and rethinking justice — and “Resistance to Slavery: From Escape to Everyday Rebellion,” available January 2022 — about the slave uprisings and escapes on the Underground Railroad, when enslaved people resisted their mistreatment through small acts in their everyday lives.

Lewis was named the 2020 National Librarian of the Year by School Library Journal and Scholastic, a 2019 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, and the 2019 National Teacher Award for Lifelong Readers by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and Penguin Random House (PRH).


Cicely Lewis Book Cover, "Mass Incarceration, Black Men, And The Fight For Justice."
Cicely Lewis Book Cover-Resistance To Slavery-From Escape To Everyday Rebellion