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

2017 Selection(s)


Dorothea’s Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth

Author: Rosenstock, Barb. Illus. by Gérard DuBois. 2016. Unpaged. Publisher: Highlights/Calkins Creek. Gr.2-5.

As a young child with polio from a poor family, Dorothea worked to achieve her “unladylike” dream of becoming a photographer. Her photographs showed Americans the truth in hard times.

Loretta Lynch: First African American Woman Attorney General

Author: Braun, Eric. 2016. 48p. Publisher: Lerner. Gr.4-6.

Loretta Lynch, the first African American woman Attorney General, fought racism and sexism on her way to heading the US Department of Justice.


Princess Princess Ever After

Author: O’Neill, Katie 2016. 53p. Publisher: Oni Press. Gr.4-up.

Princesses Amira and Sadie are determined not to live the fairy-tale lives prescribed for them.  Working together, they achieve their goals and much more.


Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History

Author: Schatz, Kate. Illus. by Miriam Klein Stahl. 2016. 104p. Publisher: Penguin Random House/Ten Speed Press. Gr.5-up.

Schatz and Stahl follow up Rad American Women A-Z with 40 trailblazing women from 30 different countries, from ancient Mesopotamia to the modern age.

Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter, Nellie Bly

Author: Noyes, Deborah. 2016. 144p. Publisher: Penguin/Viking Books for Young Readers. Gr.5-8.

“Girl” reporter Nellie Bly pioneered investigative stunt journalism, using her writing to reveal injustice and corruption while blazing a new path for young women in the profession.

Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World

Author: Swaby, Rachel. 2016. 195p. Publisher: Random House/Delacorte. Gr.5-9.

Short profiles of 33 significant women scientists illustrate the important, groundbreaking work they have done in the face of significant gender and racial discrimination in their fields.

Urban Biologist Danielle Lee

Author: Cornell, Kari. 32p. Publisher: Lerner/Lerner Classroom. Gr.2-5.

Danielle Lee overcame obstacles to earn her Ph.D. in biology. She works with urban students and blogs to make science more accessible and relevant.

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed Histor

Author: Maggs, Sam. Illus. by Sophia Foster-DiMino. 2016. 240p. Publisher: Quirk Books. Gr.6-up.

Wonder Women provides thought-provoking profiles that introduces world-changing women of history, as well as connecting the impact of their work to the work of women in STEM fields today.

Early Readers

2017 Selection(s)


The Kid From Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton

Author: Vernick, Audrey. Illus. by Steven Salerno. 2016. 40p. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. PreS-Gr.4.

Edith Houghton was told that girls don’t play baseball, but at age ten, she tried out for a professional baseball team, the Philadelphia Bobbies, and became their starting shortstop.

To the Stars!: The First American Woman to Walk in Space

Author: Van Vleet, Carmella, and Dr. Kathy Sullivan. Illus. by Nicole Wong. 2016. Unpaged. Publisher: Charlesbridge. Gr.1-5.

An inspiring story of how Dr. Kathy Sullivan, a young girl who loved exploring, defied convention and became the first American woman to walk in space.