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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2017 Selection(s)


Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer

*Author: Stanley, Diane. Illus. by Jessie Hartland. 2016. Unpaged. Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. PreS-Gr.4.

A great imagination and a rigorous mathematical education led Ada Lovelace to write the very first computer program.

Amelia Earhart

Author: Sánchez Vegara, Ma. Isabel. Illus. by Mariadiamantes. 2016. Unpaged. Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books. PreS-Gr.3.

Amelia Earhart became the first woman pilot to accomplish many feats. She never stopped pursuing her dreams or encouraging other women pilots.

Anything But Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic

Author: Rockliff, Mara. Illus. by Iacopo Bruno. 2016. Unpaged. Publisher: Candlewick. Gr.1-4.

The forgotten history of one of the world’s greatest and most respected stage magicians comes back to life. Poof!

Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles

Author: Rockliff, Mara. Illus. by Hadley Hooper. 2016. Unpaged. Publisher: Candlewick. PreS-Gr.3.

In 1916, Nell and Alice drove across America to promote women’s suffrage. Their exciting tour included a yellow car, a trunk full of useful things, and a little black kitten.

Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark

Author: Plan International. 2016. Unpaged. Publisher: Second Story Press. PreS-Gr.3.

Showing that feminism is global, As a Boy encourages young boys to recognize sexism and to combat it because it is the right thing to do for all humans.

Elizabeth Started All the Trouble

Author: Rappaport, Doreen. Illus. by Matt Faulkner. 2016. Unpaged. Publisher: Disney-Hyperion. Gr.1-4.

This primer on the history of the suffrage movement introduces Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her allies in the long journey toward the Nineteenth Amendment.

Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead

Author: Markel, Michelle. Illus. by LeUyen Pham. 2016. 40p. Publisher: HarperCollins/Balzer and Bray. Gr.K-3.

Since childhood, Hillary Rodham Clinton has stood up against injustice and broken barriers. She has devoted her life to fighting for women and children in the U.S. and worldwide.

How Kate Warne Saved President Lincoln.

Author: Van Steenwyk, Elizabeth. Illus. by Valentina Belloni. 2016. Unpaged. Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company. K-Gr.3.

After convincing Allan Pinkerton to hire her as his first female detective, Kate Warne solved many crimes and helped protect Abraham Lincoln from an assassination attempt.

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

*Author: Levy, Debbie. Illus. by Elizabeth Baddeley. 2016. Unpaged. Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Gr.1-5.

Ginsburg has challenged inequality since childhood. She fought sexism and prejudice to become a Supreme Court justice who works to ensure that everyone is treated fairly under the law.

Miss Mary Reporting

Author: Macy, Sue. Illus. by C.F. Payne. 2016. Unpaged. Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. K-Gr.3.

As one of the first female sportswriters, Mary Garber fought for equality and fairness both in her professional endeavors and in the stories she brought to readers.