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)


The Beloved Wild

Ostrom, Melissa. 2018. 312p. Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends, (9781250132796). Gr. 7-up.

In 1807, smart, strong, capable Harriet Winter is expected to marry and keep house. To find more, she travels west, leaving behind the family and New Hampshire farm she loves.


Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet

Evans, Claire L. 2018. 278p. Penguin/Portfolio, (9780735211759). Gr. 9-up.

Evans illuminates the women whose work has made the internet possible, even as their stories have been erased.

Dress Like a Woman: Working Women and What They Wore

2018. 224p. Abrams Image, (9781419729928). Gr. 6-up.

Photographs depict a wide range of work performed by women—and the clothes they wore to perform it—from the late nineteenth century through the present.


Hearts Unbroken

Smith, Cynthia Leitich. 2018. 286p. Candlewick, (9780763681142). Gr. 7-up.

After Louise’s boyfriend mocks Native people, her next step is obvious: she dumps him. Still, challenges abound as she balances her Muscogee identity with high school, family, and romance.


It’s Only Blood: Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation

Dahlqvist, Anna. 2018. 245p. Zed, paper, (9781786992628). Gr. 9-up.

Using interviews from Bangladesh, Uganda, Kenya, and India, Dahlqvist explores the secrecy, shame and fear often associated with menstruation worldwide, calling for menstrual activism and justice.



Turtschaninoff, Maria. 2018. 384p. Abrams/Amulet, (9781419725555). Gr. 10-up.

The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls

Spotswood, Jessica, ed. 2018. 308p. Candlewick, (9780763694258). Gr. 7-up.

Original short stories from well-known YA writers feature radical young women from different religions, backgrounds, socioeconomic groups, abilities, races and ethnicities, sexual orientations, and cultures.


Summers, Courtney. 2018. 311p. St. Martin’s/Wednesday, (9781250105714). Gr. 9-12.

Nineteen-year-old runaway Sadie’s quest to track down her sister’s murderer is told in alternating chapters by Sadie and the true crime podcaster who is trying to find her.


Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves

Edim, Glory, ed. llus. by Alexandra Bowman. 2018. 239p. Random/Ballantine, (9780525619772). Gr. 7-up.

Black women writers describe pivotal reading experiences of recognition and self-discovery.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape

Abdulali, Sohaila. 2018. 226p. New Press, paper, (9781620974742). Gr. 10-up.

Based on her activism, her work at a rape crisis center, and her experience as a survivor of rape, Abdulali interrogates our cultural (mis)understandings of sexual violence.