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)


Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller

Author: Lambert, Joseph. 2012. 92p. Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books. Gr.4-8.

Annie Sullivan overcomes personal obstacles and resistance from society to become Helen Keller’s groundbreaking teacher in this beautiful graphic novel.

First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low

Author: Wadsworth, Ginger. 2012. 210p. Publisher: Clarion Books. Gr.4-7.

Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low spends her childhood summers enjoying the outdoors. As an adult, Daisy is determined to bring new opportunities to all girls.

Founding Mothers: Women who Shaped America

Author: Carosella, Melissa and Kuligowski, Stephanie. 32p. Publisher: Teacher Created Materials. Gr.3-5

This book introduces women from the early colonial period through the Civil War who helped shape America despite expectations that they should only serve as housewives.

Paiute Princess: The Story of Sarah Winnemucca

Author: Ray, Deborah Kogan. 2012. 48p. Publishers: Schwartz & Wade Books, Frances Foster Books, Farrar Straus Giroux. Gr.3-5.
Sarah Winnemucca encounters prejudice and fights fiercely for her people’s rights, winning the titles of Mother and Chief.

Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World

Author: Lawlor, Laurie. Illus. by Laura Beingessner. 2012. 32p. Publisher: Holiday House. Gr.3-5.

At a time when few women worked as biologists, Rachel Carson counted deep-sea fish off Nova Scotia and tracked alligators in the Everglades before tackling the chemical industry with her groundbreaking work Silent Spring.

Rightfully Ours: How Women Won the Vote, 21 Activities

Author: Hollihan, Kerrie Logan. 2012. 129p. Publisher: Chicago Review. Gr.4-8.

Young Adult

2013 Selection(s)


Blue Thread

Author: Feldman, Ruth Tenzer. 2012. 302p. Publisher: Ooligan Press. Gr.7-up.

Inspired by her ancestors and the suffrage movement, Miriam matures into a strong, independent woman who fights for her political convictions and her professional ambitions

The Hallowed Ones

Author: Bickle, Laura. 2012. 311p. Publisher: Graphia. Gr.9-up.

Catastrophic events in the outside world prevent Katie from leaving her Amish village for Rumspringa. She defies the commands of the Elders to protect the village and determine her own future.


Author: Cremer, Andrea. Publisher: Philomel. 2012. 430p. Gr.9-up.

Ember escapes an arranged marriage to pursue her destiny as a warrior.


Author: Gaughen, A.C. 2012. 292p. Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers. Gr.8-up.

Will Scarlet is Robin Hood’s most trusted and dangerous lieutenant. Few know this knife-wielding thief is a young woman.