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)


Asking For It

Author: O’Neill, Louise. 2016. 324p. Publisher: Quercus. Gr.10-up.

Emma O’Donovan has always been in control–until an assault changes everything. Everyone has an opinion about that night and about Emma, but all Emma wants is for everything to stop.

Burn Baby Burn

*Author: Medina, Meg. 2016. 320p. Publisher: Candlewick. Gr.9-12.

Nora López navigates the summer after high school graduation—from uncertainty about her future to her participation in the Women’s Movement to fears about the serial killer stalking the city—in 1977 Queens.

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

*Author: Johnston, E.K. 2016. 248p. Publisher: Penguin/Dutton Books for Young Readers. Gr.9-up.

After being drugged and raped at cheer camp, Hermione Winters works to regain control over her body, life, and identity.

Outrun the Moon

Author: Lee, Stacey. 2016. 391p. Publisher: Penguin/G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Gr.7-up.

Mercy Wong uses her intelligence and ingenuity to be admitted into the the all-white St. Clare’s School for Girls. When disaster strikes, the girls of St. Clare’s must work together.

Rani Patel in Full Effect

Author: Patel, Sonia. 2016. 314p. Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press. Gr.10-up.

As Rani expresses herself and her feminism through rap, she processes the impact of incest and other abuse on her life. She draws power from feminist ideas and stories of women in her own family.

The Forbidden Wish

Author: Khoury, Jessica. 2016. 340p. Publisher: Penguin/Razorbill. Gr.8-up.

This retelling of Aladdin and the Jinni focuses on the jinni Zahra’s path to autonomy and agency.

The Way I Used to Be

Author: Smith, Amber. 2016. 367p. Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books. Gr.9-up.

Eden is raped by her brother’s best friend. She keeps the assault secret–but the effects, both emotional and physical, carry through her four years of high school.

Under the Udala Trees

Author: Okparanta, Chinelo. 2015. 328p. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Mariner Books. Gr.10-up.

Ijeoma struggles against patriarchal and heteronormative expectations to build a safe, honest life for herself.

Wild Swans

Spotswood, Jessica. 2016. 295p. Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks Fire. Gr.9-up.

When her long absent mother returns to town, Ivy Milbourn must confront a complicated family legacy and its influence on her sense of self, her sexuality, and her relationships.

2017 Selection(s)

Juliet Takes a Breath

Author: Rivera, Gabby. 2016. 266p. Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books. Gr.10-up.

After coming out to her Puerto Rican family, Juliet Milagros Palante leaves the Bronx to intern with a white feminist author in Portland. Juliet comes of age exploring the intersections of her feminist identity.