The Amelia Bloomer Book List
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!
Bon Appetit!: The Delicious Life of Julia Child
Feminist icon Julia Child led an unexpected and exciting life culminating with her success as America’s favorite chef.
Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President.
Susan B. Anthony’s bold action to vote inspired like-minded friends to do the same even though it meant facing arrest.
Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure
“Whatever you take up, do it with all of your might.” This vibrant portrait of the intrepid founder of the Girl Scouts conveys the sense of purpose the organization fostered in young women in the early 1900s.
In the Bag!: Margaret Knight Wraps It Up
Despite narrow societal expectations, Margaret Knight fights sexism to become an inventor with multiple patents to her name.
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle
Earle bucked societal expectations by living in a deep-sea laboratory for two weeks, walking 1,250 feet below the ocean’s surface, and starting three companies to design and build devices which let researchers dive deeper.
Molly, by Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter
When a fire breaks out and many of the volunteer firefighters are too sick with influenza to leave their houses, Molly Williams rushes to help and becomes America’s first female firefighter.
Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman Olympic High-Jump Champion.
As the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman overcomes the obstacles of class, gender, and race.
Sarah Gives Thanks: How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday
Sarah Hale campaigned to make Thanksgiving a National Holiday and worked as the editor of women’s magazines, highlighting articles on history, science, and new schools for women.
Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper
Alice Coachman teaches herself to high jump and becomes the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal.
Zephyr Takes Flight
Zephyr adores airplanes and lets her imagination soar to amazing heights. The author flips gender stereotypes and imbues his heroine’s tale with the clear meaning that no dream is ever out of reach.