The Amelia Bloomer Book List

About the The Amelia Bloomer Book List
The Amelia Bloomer Project, a committee of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table, compiles the Amelia Bloomer List, an annual annotated book list (or bibliography) of well-written and well-illustrated books with significant feminist content, intended for young readers (ages birth through 18).

A few years ago, a book by Shana Carey introduced nineteenth-century feminist activist Amelia Bloomer to the picture-book crowd. Published in 2000, YOU FORGOT YOUR SKIRT, AMELIA BLOOMER! uses humor and history to bring the life and work of this pioneering newspaper editor, feminist thinker, public speaker, and suffragist to a new generation. In the spirit of Amelia Bloomer, the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association proudly announced in 2002 the first annual Amelia Bloomer List, a bibliography of appealing feminist books for young readers from birth to 18. Books eligible for this award must have been published in the United States during the 18 months prior to the selection in January of each year. Set from prehistoric times to the present, these books, both fiction and nonfiction, provide role models of stong, capable, creative women. They introduce children growing up in the South during the Civil Rights Movement, photographers on the cutting edge of their times, young women surviving in today’s Afghanistan, and pioneers in the fields of flyinig and space exploration. Others feature girls who outwit dragons, create petroglyphs to save a tribe, and train to win battles. From a picture book using bear hair and other earthen materials in its illustrations to a biography written in graphic-novel format, these books show girls and women exploring exciting ways to solve practical dilemmas through the courage of their convictions. All of them spur the imagination and expand the limits of dreams while confronting traditional female stereotypes. And best of all, these books are fun reading!

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Early Readers

2017 Selection(s)

Nonfiction

Bessie Coleman: Trailblazing Pilot

Author: Alexander, Carol. 32p. Publisher: Scholastic/Children’s Press. PreS-Gr.2.
Despite challenges that included poverty, racism, and sexism, Bessie Coleman achieved success as the first female black pilot in the world.

Fiction

Bloom

Illus. by David Small. 2016. 40p. Publisher: Atheneum Books For Young Readers/Caitlyn Dlouhy Book. PreS-Gr.2.

Under mud fairy Bloom’s mentorship, Genevieve learns magic that will save the glass kingdom and that “there is no such thing as an ordinary girl.”


Doing Her Bit: A Story About the Woman’s Land Army of America

Author: Hagar, Erin. Illus. by Jen Hill. 2016. 32p. Publisher: Charlesbridge. Gr.1-4.

During WWI, many women joined the Women’s Land Army of America to work on farms as a way to support the country and themselves despite discrimination.


Nonfiction

Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine

Author: Lang, Heather. Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine. Illus. by Raúl Colón. 2016. Unpaged. Publisher: Highlights/Calkins Creek. PreS-Gr.3.

One of history’s first female aviators, Ruth Law made the first solo flight from Chicago to New York.


Maya Angelou

Author: Kaiser, Lisbeth. Illus. by Leire Salaberria. 2016. Unpaged. Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books. Gr.PreS-3.

Empowered by literature, Maya Angelou used her voice to combat racism and sexism.


Miss Colfax’s Light

Author: Bissonette, Aimee. Illus. by Eileen Ryan Ewen. 2016. 32p. Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press. Gr.1-4.
Appointed the keeper of the Michigan City lighthouse, Harriet Colfax worked tirelessly for 43 years to fulfill the daunting and challenging duties and to live life on her terms.

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor

Author: Burleigh, Robert. Illus. by Raúl Colón. 2016. 40p. Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. Gr.K-3.

A fearless scientist who faced sexism, Marie Tharp forever changed our understanding of the ocean’s floors and helped prove the theory of continental drift.


Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark

Author: Lang, Heather. Illus. by Jordi Solano. 2016. Unpaged. Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company. Gr.K-3.

As a young girl, Eugenie Clark had been fascinated with fish and sharks. She became the world’s first and foremost expert in the field, leading to the nickname “Shark Lady.”


Fiction

Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass

Author: Robbins, Dean. Illus. by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko. 2016. Unpaged. Publisher: Scholastic/Orchard Books. PreS-Gr.2

Anthony and Douglass share the stories of their fights for gender and racial equality over tea. “Some people had rights, while others had none. Why shouldn’t they have them, too?”


Nonfiction

U.S. Women’s Soccer: Go for Gold!

Author: Alexander, Heather. 2016. 32p. Publisher: Penguin Young Readers. Gr.1-4.

After structural changes allowed women to play high-level organized sports, the U.S. women’s soccer team became a dominant athletic force.


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