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)


As the Crow Flies

Gillman, Melanie. 2017. 272p. Iron Circus, paper, (9781945820069). Gr. 7-up.

Charlie and Sydney navigate racist, queerphobic, and gender-essentialist attitudes at a summer backpacking camp for Christian girls.

Blood Water Paint

McCullough, Joy. 2018. 289p. Penguin/Dutton, (9780735232112). Gr. 9-up.

Artemisia Gentileschi chooses a life as a painter—and chooses to tell the truth when her teacher rapes her.

The Forest Queen

Cornwell, Betsy. 2018. 296p. HMH/Clarion, (9780544888197). Gr. 6-up.

Lady Silviana flees her life of privilege (and her violent, lecherous brother) and builds a new community with her friends in this genderbent retelling of Robin Hood.


Dawson, Delilah S. Illus. by Ashley A. Woods and Becca Farrow. 2017. 112p. Boom!, paper, (9781684150328). Gr. 6-up.

When King Mancastle and all his men are killed, it’s up to the women of the town to survive and fight against a curse.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

Lee, Mackenzi. 2018. 450p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, (9780062795328). Gr. 9-up.

In 18th century Europe, Felicity is barred from studying medicine due to her gender. To find a place for herself, Felicity joins two female friends on a fantastical adventure.

Learning to Breathe

Mather, Janice Lynn. 2018. 328p. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, (9781534406018). Gr. 9-up.

An unwanted pregnancy and an unsafe living situation push sixteen-year-old Indy to look for a better home and a supportive community.

Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein

Judge, Lita. 2018. 312p. Roaring Brook, (9781626725003). Gr. 9-up.

This illustrated novel based extensively on Mary Shelley’s personal writings delves into the life experiences that inspired and contributed to the creation of the world’s first published science fiction novel.

Now a Major Motion Picture

McCarthy, Cori. 2018. 386p. Sourcebooks Fire, paper, (9781492652380). Gr. 8-up.

While visiting the set of a movie based on her grandmother’s popular fantasy novels, Iris finds her own creative voice and gains new perspective on her grandmother’s legacy.

Spinning Silver

Novik, Naomi. 2018. 466p. Random/Del Rey, (9780399180989). Gr. 9-up.

Moneylender Miryem, peasant Wanda, and Irina, the daughter of a local lord, work together to save two kingdoms and countless lives in this Rumpelstiltskin retelling.

Summer of Salt

Leno, Katrina. 2018. 256p. HarperTeen, (9780062493620). Gr. 8-up.

Georgina learns more about magic carried by the women in her family as she falls in love and solves the murder of a bird (who may also be her aunt).