The Amelia Bloomer Book List
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!
Angela James: The First Superstar of Women’s Hockey
The story of Canadian hockey great Angela James and her trailblazing successes as an athlete and woman.
Coal to Diamonds
Beth Ditto, feminist punk lead singer of Gossip, shares her journey from humble and troubled beginnings in Arkansas to a member of a world-renowned band.
Code Name Verity
Maddie and Verity risk their lives fighting for Allies during World War II. Their friendship gives them the strength and courage to do what’s right in the gravest of circumstances.
Eight Girls Taking Pictures
Eight women photographers work to find their voices as independent artists against backdrops of war, social change, and romance.
When war breaks out and her mother’s bonobo sanctuary is attacked, Sophie escapes into the jungle with the great apes. Their survival depends on her quick thinking and resourcefulness.
King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village
A phone call awakens Peggielene Bartels in the middle of the night with news that she’s been chosen the next king of her home village Otuam, Ghana. She overcomes corruption and sexism to bring progress to the village.
Rookie Yearbook One
A thoughtful and provocative collection of the year’s best writing from the feminist online magazine, Rookie.
Silhouette of a Sparrow
Set in 1920s Minnesota, artist and ornithologist Garnet longs for independence. A summer away from home presents choices that expand her world.
Summer of the Mariposas
15-year old Odilia and her four sisters journey to Mexico to return the body of a dead man they found floating in the Rio Grande to his family. They battle supernatural forces and put aside their own differences for a trip that changes their lives forever.
This engaging and empowering collection of women and girl created comics features strong female characters and historical figures.