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

2019 Selection(s)

Non-Fiction

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

Maclear, Kyo. Illus. by Julie Morstad. 2018. 40p. Harper, (9780062447616). Gr. 1-3.

Elsa Schiaparelli never gave up on her dreams of becoming an artist and redefined fashion, inspiring women and future artists.


Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel

Pliscou, Lisa. Illus. by Jennifer Corace. 2018. 48p. Henry Holt/Ottaviano, (9781627796439). Gr. 1-3.

During a time when women were expected to be “ladylike,” Jane Austen went against the grain to pursue writing, becoming one of the most beloved authors in English literature.


The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath

Mosca, Julia Finley. Illus. by Daniel Rieley. 2017. 40p. Innovation, (9781943147311). K-Gr. 4.

Dr. Patricia Bath faced racism, poverty and sexism on her path to becoming an innovative doctor who revolutionized treatments for blindness.


Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon

Pimentel, Annette Bay. Illus. by Micha Archer. 2018. 32p. Penguin/Paulsen, (9781101996683). K-Gr. 3.

Rules, restrictions, and a lack of proper running shoes couldn’t keep Bobbi Gibb from becoming the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.


The Girl with a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague

Mosca, Julia Finley. Illus. by Daniel Rieley. 2018. 40p. Innovation, (9781943147427). K-Gr. 4.

Raye Montague revolutionized government submarine design while navigating significant racism and sexism in education and the workforce.


Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Shetterly, Margot Lee and Winifred Conkling. Illus. By Laura Freeman. 2017. 38p. Harper, (9780062742469). PreS-Gr. 3.

Four female African American computers overcame gender and racial barriers to help send the United States into space.


A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights

Hannigan, Kate. Illus. by Alison Jay. 2018. 32p. Highlights/Calkins Creek, (9781629794532). Gr. 1-3.

By remaining bold, defiant, and determined, Belva Lockwood dedicated her life to fighting for women’s equality and the equality of all people.


Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity

Suzuki, Sarah. Illustrated by Ellen Weinstein. 2017. 40p. Museum of Modern Art. (9781633450394). K-Gr. 5.

Designed for young children, this portrait of artist Yayoi Kusama discusses her journey to art stardom and her innovative dot and circle approach to art.


Middle Readers

2019 Selection(s)

Fiction

Pashmina

Chanani, Nidhi. 2017. 161p. First Second, paper, (9781626720879). Gr. 4-8.

Priyanka is transported to beautiful India when she wears a pashmina found in her mother’s old suitcase, but the beauty is marred by a shadow lurking in the background.


The Turnaway Girls

Chewins, Hayley. 2018. 258p. Candlewick, (9780763697921). Gr. 5-9.

Raised in an underground cloister as a turnaway girl, Delphernia Undersea uses her voice to free herself and the island of Blightsend.


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