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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Middle Readers

2013 Selection(s)


The Lions of Little Rock

Author: Levine, Kristin. 2012. 352p. Publisher: Putnam Juvenile. Gr.5-8.

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

Author: Rose, Caroline Starr. 2012. 231p. Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books, Gr.4-7.

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

Author: Hobbs, Valerie. 2012. 224p. Publisher: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux. Gr.4-6.

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.

Play Ball

Author: DeFilippis, Nunzio and Christina Weir. Illus. by Jackie Lewis. 2012. 144p. Publisher: Oni Press, Gr.6-9.

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.

Author: Whitley, Jeremy. Illus. by M. Goodwin. 2012. Unpaged. Publisher: Action Lab Comics. Gr.4-8.

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

Author: Branzei, Sylvia. Illus. by Melissa Sweet. 2011. 96p. Publisher: Running Press Kids. Gr.3-6.

Aviator, athlete, and astronaut are some of the jobs held by the pioneering women in this engaging book.

Rebel in a Dress: Cowgirls

Author: Branzei, Sylvia. Illus. by Melissa Sweet. 2011. 96p. Publisher: Running Press Kids. Gr.3-6.

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

Author: Manzano, Sonia. 2012. 205p. Publisher: Scholastic Press. Gr.6-8.

A visit from her progressive grandmother spurs the development of Evelyn’s personal and political identities.

Sophia’s War: A Tale of the Revolution

Author: Avi. 2012. 302p. Publisher: Beach Lane Books. Gr.4-8.

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.

Early Readers

2013 Selection(s)


Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers

Author: Warren, Sarah E. Illus. by Robert Casilla. 2012. Unpaged. Publisher: Marshall Cavendish, K-Gr.4.

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.