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)


Becoming Unbecoming

* Author: Una. 2016. 211p. Arsenal Pulp Press, $24.95 (978-1-55152-653-9). Gr.10-up.

Beginning with her own childhood experiences with rape, slut-shaming, and the search for the Yorkshire Ripper, Una examines the societal attitudes that create our culture of sexual violence.

Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey

Author: Samancı, Özge. 2015. 190p. Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers. Gr.7-up.

Özge learns to hear her own voice and push back against others’ expectations to create a life that will satisfy her own desires and needs.

Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game

Author: Westly, Erica. 2016. 291p. Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Touchstone. Gr.8-up.

The enthralling history of softball’s pioneers has long been untold and now serves to inspire and motivate anyone who has ever wanted to play

Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History

Author: Schiot, Molly. 2016. 309p. Publisher: Simon & Schuster. Gr.7-up.

Across sports, nations, and decades, these profiles call attention to celebrated and lesser-known women pioneers.

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

Author: Shetterly, Margot Lee. 2016. 346p. Publisher: HarperCollins/William Morrow, $27.99 (978-0-06-236359-6). Gr.9-up.

During World War II, the need for qualified mathematicians led NASA to hire these talented black women. Systemic racism and sexism has hidden their essential contributions to the space race.

Reproductive Rights: Who Decides?

Author: Wittenstein, Vicki Oransky. 2016. 160p. Publisher: Lerner/Twenty-First Century. Gr.7-up.

The complex history of contraception, abortion, and reproduction are explored through medical, historical, and social lenses.

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman

Author: West, Lindy. 2016. 260p. Publisher: Hachette Books, $26.00 (978-0-316-34840-9). Gr.10-up.

In this series of personal essays, writer, comedian, and activist West challenges cultural forces that are hostile to women, particularly fat women, and interfere with the ability of women to survive and thrive.

Take It As a Compliment

*Author: Stoian, Maria. 2016. 97p. Publisher: Jessica Kingsley/Singing Dragon. Gr.10-up.

In episodic comics, Stoian shares twenty individuals’ experiences with sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Women: Body-Positive Art to Inspire and Empower

Author: Rossetti, Carol. 2015. 143p. Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing. Gr.10-up.

Rossetti explores the many issues women and girls face related to body image, gender, sexuality, and personal identity via truthful and diverse illustrations of individual women.