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 Winner(s)


2019 Selection(s)


American Panda
Chao, Gloria. 2018. 310p. Simon Pulse, (9781481499101). Gr. 7-up.

In her first semester at MIT, Mei struggles to balance her Taiwanese parents’ expectations with her ambitions and her crush on a classmate.

Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All
Anderson, M.T., et al. 2018. 396p. Random/Schwartz & Wade, (9781524716196). Gr. 9-up.

Each chapter of this novel is told from the perspective of King Henry VIII and his wives, exploring the choices they made and the social restrictions placed upon them.

Finding Yvonne
Colbert, Brandy. 2018. 276p. Little, Brown, (9780316349055). Gr. 10-up.

Eighteen-year-old Yvonne’s decisions about college and her future as a musician are complicated when she unexpectedly becomes pregnant.

A Girl Like That
Bhathena, Tanaz. 2018. 378p. Macmillan/Farrar Straus Giroux, (9780374305444). Gr. 8-up.

After Zarin and her friend Porus die in a car accident, they, and their classmates, reflect back on their lives and the events leading to their deaths.

Girl Made of Stars
Blake, Ashley Herring. 2018. 295p. HMH, (9781328778239). Gr. 9-up.

When Mara’s twin Owen is accused of raping his girlfriend, Mara struggles with trauma from her own past and her family’s struggle to move forward.

A Heart in a Body in the World
Caletti, Deb. 2018. 355p. Simon Pulse, (9781481415200). Gr. 9-up.

After a tragedy, Annabelle runs across the country and becomes a reluctant activist, reclaiming her body and finding her voice along the way.

The Poet X
Acevedo, Elizabeth. 2018. 361p. HarperTeen, (9780062662804). Gr. 8-up.

Fifteen-year-old Xiomara Batista—aspiring poet, reluctant confirmation class attendee, twin, and daughter of Dominican immigrants—comes of age.

Someone I Used to Know
Blount, Patty. 2018. 358p. Sourcebooks Fire, paper, (9781492632818). Gr. 9-up.

Speak: The Graphic Novel
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Illus. by Emily Carroll. 2018. 384p. Macmillan/Farrar Straus Giroux, (9780374300289). Gr. 8-up.

After being raped at a summer party, Melinda begins ninth grade as a silent outcast  Through art, she slowly learns to survive, heal, and speak up about the assault.