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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2017 Selection(s)


Ask Me How I Got Here

Author: Heppermann, Christine. 2016. 225p. Publisher: HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Gr.9-up

When star runner Addie Solokowski discovers that she’s pregnant, she chooses to have an abortion. Addie turns to poetry to process complex relationships with her body, sexuality, and religion.

Before We Visit the Goddess

Author: Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee. 2016. 210p. Publisher: Simon & Schuster. Gr.10-up.

The intertwined stories of three generations of Indian women haunt their pasts as they fight to find their places in the world and gain independence.

Giant Days (vol. 1)

Author: Allison, John. Illus. by Lissa Treiman. 2015. 128p. Publisher: BOOM!Box. Gr.10-up.

Susan, Esther, and Daisy have become friends in their first semester at college.  As they each long to reinvent themselves, they explore feminism, boundaries, and relationships with laughter and heart.

Girl Mans Up

Author: Girard, M-E. 2016. 373p. Publisher: HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Gr.10-up.

Pen Oliveira struggles to define herself within the expectations of friends and her traditional family, while navigating new relationships.

Girl in Pieces

Author: Glasgow, Kathleen. 2016. 406p. Publisher: Random House/Delacorte. Gr.10-up.

Following an early release from a mental health facility, Charlie attempts to reclaim her identity. A new relationship threatens to bring out her own self-destructive impulses.

My Lady Jane

Author: Hand, Cynthia, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. 2016. 491p. Publisher: HarperCollins/HarperTeen. Gr.9-up.

After uncovering a plot to usurp King Edward from the throne, Lady Jane Grey strives to find a peaceful balance between two rival magical parties while trampling gender stereotypes.

Sorcerer to the Crown

Author: Cho, Zen. 2015. 371p. Publisher: Penguin Random House/Ace Books. Gr.8-up.

Sorcerer Royal Zacharias struggles to gain respect from racist and suspicious peers. As a woman, Prunella is forced to suppress her magical abilities. Together, they upend Britain’s magical hierarchy.

Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection

Author: Beaton, Kate. 2015. 166p. Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly. Gr.8-up.

Beaton skewers historical figures, literary characters, and popular misconceptions of feminism through incisive comics.

The Lie Tree

*Author: Hardinge, Frances. 2016. 377p. Publisher: Abrams/Amulet. Gr.7-up.

When Faith’s father is found dead in an apparent suicide, Faith knows he was murdered. Full of questions, curiosity, and intellect, Faith intends to find justice by whatever means necessary.

The Trouble with Women

Author: Fleming, Jacky. 2016. 128p. Publisher: Andrews McMeel. Gr.7-up.

Through satirical cartoons, Fleming explains why, for most of history, men have been Geniuses while women have been relegated to the dustbin.