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!
Louise, a courageous hen longing for adventure, leaves her home to sail the high seas, joins the circus, and saves herself and others along the way.
When her local historical society building is scheduled for demolition, Imogene takes dramatic action, mobilizing the townspeople to save the building and preserve the history of their town.
In the course of an ordinary day, Isabella imagines herself in the roles of extraordinary women such as Sally Ride, Rosa Parks, Annie Oakley, and others.
A young girl sets out to discover her own story: it’s not a nursery rhyme nor a fairy tale, but what is it?
Needing to express her “ewe-niqueness,” Bea leaves the flock and strikes out on her own, returning to inspire her flock to rock.
Tough chicks Molly, Polly and Peep, wrestle worms, rope roosters, work on tractor engines, and love mud. Watch out--peep, peep, zoom, zip, cheep!
When Mao Tse-Tung orders Chinese farmers to kill sparrows to increase the wheat crop, Ming-Li rescues a few of the frightened birds, releasing them when the locusts come to eat the crops and saving the village from famine.
In war-torn Afghanistan, a secret school brings girls together to gain an education forbidden them by the Taliban government.
In the late 1800s, Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman splashed and made waves while breaking down gender barriers and showing exactly what girls could do in the water.
Through her books and articles, naturalist-author Rachel Carson introduced the science of the natural world to the general public and exposed the threat of DDT and other pesticides, bringing the ecology movement into being.
Maggie Gee’s dream of being a pilot comes true when she becomes one of two Chinese-American women to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II.
Stunning illustrations combined with Eleanor Roosevelt’s own words in a picture-biography bring to life a woman who overcame a lonely childhood to become one of the world’s most beloved and effective humanitarians.
Ever searching for the next adventure, Amelia Earhart took to the skies and captured America's heart, imagination, and curiosity.
Harriet Quimby blazed a trail for future women fliers and astronauts when she became the first woman to get her pilot’s license and the first woman to fly across the English Channel.
Amani defies family tradition and cultural expectations to become a shepherd, but when Israeli settlers threaten to take over her family’s land, she must choose between violent reaction and peaceful resistance.
For Molly, baseball helps her feel close to her dead father, but only boys play on the school baseball team. Is she good enough to play? And, what will her friends say if she makes the team?
Princess Amelia has always felt entirely ordinary compared with her talented older sisters, but when the her parents die of plague and an evil sorcerer transforms her sisters, this lowly fourth daughter takes the lead to free her sisters and save the kingdom.
No longer a merely a passive fairy tale heroine, Rapunzel escapes her towering prison using only her long, red braids. Accompanied by a young man named Jack and his pet goose, she heads out on swashbuckling Wild West adventure to defeat the witch and free the downtrodden.
At the end of the nineteenth century, Calpurnia Tate, the only girl in her large East Texas family, discovers science, Darwin, and evolution, winning the support of her naturalist grandfather in her rebellion against her destiny as a proper young lady.
When her landlady is kidnapped, Enola Holmes takes the case only to learn that the kidnappers have mistaken Mrs. Tuppet for one of Florence Nightingale's spy birds. Enola must enlist the help of the famous nurse/spy in order to effect a rescue while avoiding her brother Sherlock who wishes to send her to finishing school.
Nine months before Rosa Parks' stand for equality, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white passenger. The unexpected consequences of her decision to take a stand against the injustice of segregation and her perseverance make her an unsung heroine in the Civil Rights Movement.
Intrepid woman reporter Nellie Bly cracks open the male-dominated field of journalism in the late 1800’s with her astute articles, scandalous exposes, and record-breaking trip around the world.
Connected through their passion for music, the all-girl African-American swing band laid down a rhythm that overcame sexism and racism to swing the hearts and tap the toes of those who heard them.
Sophie Germain changed the course of mathematics and scientific thinking in the early 1880s through her insight, intellect and unflagging determination regardless of opposition and ridicule.
Amazing photographs and contemporary accounts commemorate the bravery of women soldiers in both the Union and Confederate forces during the Civil War.
Women pilots saw an opportunity to serve their country when the U.S. joined the space race, but, despite proving themselves superior to the male candidates in many ways, the “Mercury 13” were never allowed to participate in the space program.
A tireless worker, Susan B. Anthony strove to achieve equality under the law for women and African Americans.
Between the early 1700s and the mid-1930s, often when women were expected to receive only a minimal education, six fascinating women transformed the field of mathematics, paving the way for women mathematicians and scientists of the future.
Once friends, Lia and Cassie become the wintergirls, locked in a contest to see who can be skinniest, but Cassie is dead and Lia did not pick up her calls the night she died. Will Lia continue the contest or are there other choices for her?
Challenge, wonder, love, and live with the women of Madwimmin Books as they find their way through everyday life.
Private investigator Molly Murphy becomes involved with the women’s suffrage movement while balancing her attraction to NYC police captain Daniel Sullivan with the knowledge that marriage may well mean the end of both her freedom and to running her own business.
Eleven-year-old Flavia De Luce spends her time studying chemistry, creating poisons, and spying on her family and neighbors. When a dead snipe with a postage stamp clutched in its beak appears just before Flavia discovers a man dying in the kitchen garden, she uses her skills to solve the mystery and save her family.
Forced to join their grandmother on a cross-country journey, Tali and Octavia become absorbed in her life story. From a childhood of domestic service and fighting to protect herself and her sister from her mother’s boyfriend to enlisting as a member of the African-American 6888th Battalion of the Women's Army Corp in World War II, Mare’s stories help the sisters understand the importance of finding your own way.
In a small farming community in the tumultuous year of 1917, the Great War and the influenza epidemic complicate Muriel’s life. On a trip to Washington, D.C. to care for her suffragist Aunt Vera, recently released from prison and weak from a hunger strike, Muriel discovers what she wants to do with her life.
Lured to Japan, Buffy and her sisterhood of newly activated slayers, along with old and new allies, face off against a group of shape-shifting vampires threatening to take over the world.
Disguised as a boy in a world ruled by male Dragoneyes, Eon must embrace her true identity before she can gain the power to stop a despot from destroying her country and the entire balance of magic.
In the housing projects of New York, three outsiders form unlikely friendships to face the harsh and violent world around them, struggling to save themselves and each other.
Amid the social and political turmoil of 1970s India, traditional views and familial expectations threaten Asha’s dreams of attending university and pursuing a career.
Beka Cooper, now a full-fledged Dog in the Provost's Guard, teams with her seasoned partner Clary to uncover a counterfeiting ring that threatens to bring down the kingdom.
In the Jim Crow South, Ida Mae Jones joins the Women’s Airforce Supply Pilot Program, hiding behind her light skin and “good hair” to pass as a white woman, gaining her pilot’s license, and making her own contribution to the war effort.
When Zoe joins her parents to lead the new space colony of Roanoke, she finds herself stranded on a deadly pioneer world where who she is and the choices she makes are central not only to her family’s and the colony's survival but also to preserving intergalactic peace.
In the South of the 1950s, black women are trusted to raise white children but never allowed to forget their place. In an act of courage and desperation, three women--two black and one white—come together to fight the racism and sexism deeply embedded in their small Mississippi town.
In an isolated polygamist community, 14-year-old Kyra must choose between love for her family and her desire for freedom when she is chosen to be the seventh wife of Prophet Chiles, her father’s 60-year-old brother.
Hit with new discoveries that turn her world and her friendships upside-down, LaVaugh must decide whether to risk her place in the Women in Science program and her chance at college to do the right thing.
Although more women than ever before are serving in U.S. military units in the war in Iraq, the most horrifying attacks they face may be from soldiers in their own units. Candid interviews with active and retired female soldiers document widespread incidents of rape, harassment, abuse, and discrimination experienced by American military women serving in Iraq.
Twenty-seven essays present a pro-active look at feminism, sex, and learning to love oneself before saying “Yes” to someone else.
The untold history of women’s work throughout the history of the United States includes stories of doctors, lawyers, stagecoach drivers, Apache warriors, and outlaws—women of all races and classes—accompanied by photos, graphics, and pop culture. If you’ve ever wondered what wasn’t included in your U.S. history classes, this book is for you.
Everything a girl musician needs to know, from shopping for an instrument and learning to play to putting together a band, dealing with the music industry, and recording a demo with sidebars featuring famous female musicians and a detailed time-line of women in rock.
Sexism in the developing world devalues girls and women through rape, culturally sanctioned violence, sex trafficking, forced prostitution, inadequate health care, and lack of education. Interviews with women from around the world highlight their courage and determination to overcome this oppression showing that the economic emancipation of women in the developing world is crucial to ending poverty.
In these 15 short stories, teenage girls’ relationships with their mothers and with their changing bodies each give a new take on the meaning of “cleavage.”
From the super heroines of today to “Goddesses of Tomorrow,” Madrid questions the position of women in the world of superhero fantasy, showing the parallels between society’s expectations and the depiction of American women in comic fiction.
Sold as a child-slave into the brutal life of a Cambodian brothel, Somaly Mam escapes to create an organization that rescues other girls from prostitution in Southeast Asia.
Some fought for country, some sought adventure, and some couldn't bear to part with a husband or sweetheart. No matter the reason, women from both the North and South took part in the Civil War as scouts, soldiers, nurses, and spies.
Stories of lawyers, litigants, and judges bring to life the people and issues behind the major legal cases affirming women’s constitutional rights to equality that made most discrimination on the basis of sex illegal under U.S. law.