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)


American Girls

Umminger, Alison. 2016. 293p. Publisher: Flatiron Books. Gr.10-up.

While staying with her actress sister in LA and researching the Manson girls, fifteen-year-old Anna dissects what it means to be young, female and powerless in a hostile culture.


Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine

*Author: Barakat, Ibtisam. 2016. 217p. Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux/Margaret Ferguson Books. Gr.8-up.

Set against the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the author tells her story of defying traditional gender roles in order to finish her education, avoid early marriage, and help her mother obtain an education.

CBLDF Presents: She Changed Comics: The Untold Story of the Women Who Changed Free Expression in Comics

Gomez, Betsy, ed. 2016. 170p. Publisher: Image Comics Gr.8-up.

Boundary-busting female writers, artists, publishers, and editors have played a significant role in maintaining free expression and creating ground-breaking content in comics.

Clarina Nichols: Frontier Crusader for Women’s Rights

Author: Eickhoff, Diane. 2016. 230p. Publisher: Quindaro Press. Gr.8-up.

Fueled by an abusive marriage, Clarina Nichols fought for women’s suffrage and rights while creating a brighter future for women on the frontier.


Ms. Marvel vol. 4: Last Days

Author: Wilson, G. Willow. Illus. by Adrian Alphona. 2015. Unpaged. Publisher: Marvel. Gr.7-up.

As the apocalypse approaches, Kamala gathers her strength, draws support from her friends and family, and rededicates herself to the fight for justice.


Radioactive!: How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World.

Author: Conkling, Winifred. 2016. 227p. Publisher: Workman Publishing/Algonquin Young Readers, $17.95 (978-1-61620-415-0). Gr.7-up.

While Irène Curie co-discovered artificial radioactivity and Lise Meitner co-discovered nuclear fission, both women and their significant scientific work were frequently challenged, undervalued, and disrespected by sexist institutions and individuals.

The V-Word: True Stories About First-Time Sex

Keyser, Amber J., ed. 2016. 208p. Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Beyond Words. Gr.10-up.

A compilation of refreshingly honest essays addressing sex and virginity.

Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear… and Why

*Author: Doyle, Sady. 2016. 320p. Publisher: Melville House. Gr.10-up.

From Mary Wollstonecraft to Britney Spears, the sexist construction of the “trainwreck” frames Doyle’s examination of our expectations of women.

Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran

Author: Ebadi, Shirin. 2016. 286p. Publisher: Random House. Gr.8-up.

Through years of political turmoil and intimidation, Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi has used her legal practice to fight for justice and human rights for all people in Iran.

We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out

*Author: Clark, Annie E. and Andrea L. Pino. 2016. 351p. Publisher: Henry Holt and Company/Holt Paperbacks. Gr.10-up.

Stories of survivors and activists who have mobilized to break the silence surrounding the painful reality of sexual violence on college campuses.