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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2013 Selection(s)


Angela James: The First Superstar of Women’s Hockey

Bartsiokas, Tom and Corey Long. Publisher: Women’s Press Literary. Gr.7-up.

The story of Canadian hockey great Angela James and her trailblazing successes as an athlete and woman.

Coal to Diamonds

Ditto, Beth with Michelle Tea. Publisher: Spiegel & Grau. Gr.9-up.

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

Author: Wein, Elizabeth. 2012. 352p. Publisher: Hyperion. Gr.8-up.

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

Otto, Whitney, published by Scribner Book Company. Gr. 10-up

Eight women photographers work to find their voices as independent artists against backdrops of war, social change, and romance.


Author: Schrefer, Eliot. 2012. 264p. Publisher: Scholastic Press. Gr.7-up.

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

Bartels, Peggielene and Eleanor Herman, published by Doubleday. Gr.9-up.

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

Gevinson, Tavi (Editor) Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly. Gr.7-up.

A thoughtful and provocative collection of the year’s best writing from the feminist online magazine, Rookie.

Silhouette of a Sparrow

Author: Griffin, Molly Beth. 2012. 186p. Publisher: Milkweed Editions. Gr.7-up.

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

Author: McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. 2012. 355p. Publisher: Tu Books. Gr.7-up.

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.

Womanthology: Heroic

Author: Various. Illus. by Various. 2012. 300p. Publisher: IDW Publishing. Gr.8-up.

This engaging and empowering collection of women and girl created comics features strong female characters and historical figures.