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!
The Lions of Little Rock
In the tumultuous era following the desegregation of schools in Little Rock, 12-year old Marlee Nisbett finds her voice, as well as the courage to do the right thing.
May B.: A Novel
Young May is sent to work at a neighboring homestead on the Kansas prairie. After a series of dramatic events, May is stranded and fights to survive the brutal winter.
Minnie McClary Speaks Her Mind
The new language arts teacher Lindsay Marks inspires Minnie and her friend Amira to think critically about the world around them and stand up for justice.
In this graphic novel, Dash is excited to start at a new school– she’s determined to join the boy’s baseball team and take them all the way to the championship game!
PrinceLess: Book One, Save Yourself.
Princess Adrienne doesn’t need anyone to rescue her. She and her trusty girl dragon, Sparky, are on a quest to prove that girls have the power to save themselves!
Rebel in a Dress: Adventurers
Aviator, athlete, and astronaut are some of the jobs held by the pioneering women in this engaging book.
Rebel in a Dress: Cowgirls
From the first cowgirls to modern rodeo heroines, this book covers a number of brave women who fought to be included in the male-dominated ranch, range, and rodeo worlds.
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano
A visit from her progressive grandmother spurs the development of Evelyn’s personal and political identities.
Sophia’s War: A Tale of the Revolution
Sophia joins the fight for American independence, eventually working as a spy whose work contributes to the downfall of a traitor to the Patriot cause.
Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers
Teacher, organizer, warrior, peacemaker – Dolores Huerta organizes migrant workers, calls for nonviolent protest, advocates for women’s rights, and creates a foundation to train future activists to carry on her work.