The Amelia Bloomer Book List
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!
Award and Frequency
A book must have a copyright date during the current calendar year or have been published from July to December of the previous calendar year to be considered for the list. A book originally published outside the United States will be considered according to its U.S. publication year. Books must be distributed in the United States to be considered for the list. Books which are revisions of previously published titles will be considered if the revision is to such an extent as to make the book substantially different from the previous edition. Any book which was discussed at any point during the previous year is not eligible for nomination the following year.
Books may be nominated by anyone. Field nominations must be seconded by a project member in order to be eligible for voting. A book must be read by the nominator before it is nominated. Nominations must include complete bibliographic information: author/editor, illustrator if applicable, title, publication date, number of pages, publisher, price, and ISBN. Each nomination must also include a brief (one to two sentences) original annotation and a short explanation of how the book is feminist.
Nominations shall be sent electronically to all members of the project via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Nominations must be received by October 31.
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