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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2019 Selection(s)


Amal Unbound

Saeed, Aisha. 2018. 226p. Penguin/Paulson, (9780399544682). Gr. 4-8.

Twelve-year-old Amal is pressed into indentured servitude when she talks back to the wealthy and powerful landlord of her rural Pakistani village.

Betty Before X

Shabazz, Ilyasah and Renée Watson. 2018. 248p. Macmillan/FSG Books for Young Readers, (9780374306106). Gr. 4-6.

This novel about the childhood of Betty Dean Sanders—before she became Dr. Betty Shabazz, and before her marriage to Malcolm X—explores her early racial and gender-based activism.

The Cardboard Kingdom

Sell, Chad. 2018. 281p. Penguin/Borzoi, (9781524719371). Gr. 3-6.

A group of children use their imaginations and a lot of cardboard to transform their neighborhood, explore their identities, and embark on thrilling adventures together.


Chmakova, Svetlana. 2018. 234p. Yen/JY, paper, (9780316363242). Gr. 4-7.

Jorge has found the courage to ask his crush to a school dance–but how will he contend with the increasingly toxic culture among his friends?


Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution

Rich, KaeLyn. Illus. by Giulia Sagramola. 2018. 238p. Quirk, paper, (9781683690597). Gr. 7-up.

An experienced feminist organizer shares practical advice for teen girls who want to create change.

Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights

Yousafzai, Malala, with Patricia McCormick. Illus. By Joanie Stone. Abridged and adapted by Sarah J. Robbins. 2018. 170p. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, (9780316527149). Gr. 2-4.

Malala, an activist for women, girls, and education, tells her story in this chapter book.

Maria Sibylla Merian: Artist, Scientist, Adventurer

Pomeroy, Sarah B. and Jeyaraney Kathirithamby. 2018. 95p. Getty, (9781947440012). Gr. 4-7.

Maria Sibylla Merian, 17th century German entomologist and artist, is celebrated in this illustrated biography.

Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist

Acevedo, Sylvia. 2018. 309p. HMH/Clarion, (9781328809568). Gr. 4-8.

From her early childhood, budding scientist Sylvia Acevedo challenged sexism and racism with some help from Girl Scouting.

Proud (Young Readers Edition): Living My American Dream

Muhammad, Ibtihaj. 2018. 289p. Little, Brown, (9780316477000). Gr. 6-up.

Ibtihaj Muhammad shares her inspiring story of overcoming stereotypes and barriers on her journey to become an Olympic fencer.



Shovan, Laura. 2018. 266p. Random/Wendy Lamb, (9780553521412). Gr. 4-7.

Mikayla is the only girl on her wrestling team. She is fast, talented, and hardworking, but there are some who still don’t think she belongs.