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)


Black Girl Magic: A Poem

Browne, Mahogany L. Illus. by Jess X. Snow. 2018. 40p. Roaring Brook, (9781250173720). PreS-up.

A poem and accompanying artwork highlight the magic of Black girls and women.

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

Becker, Helaine. Illus. By Dow Phumiruk. 2018. 40p. Henry Holt/Ottaviano, (9781250137524). K-Gr. 4.

Through determination, boundless curiosity, and perseverance, Katherine Johnson became an accomplished mathematician and played an integral role in the early space program.


The Dinosaur Expert

McNamara, Margaret. Illus. by G. Brian Karas. 2018. 40p. Random/Schwartz & Wade, (9780553511437). PreS-Gr. 3.

Kimmy wants to be a paleontologist, but a class trip to the museum leads her to doubt her ambitions. Can women be dinosaur scientists?


The Flying Girl: How Aída de Acosta Learned to Soar

Engle, Margarita. Illus. by Sara Palacios. 2018. 40p. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, (9781481445023). PreS-Gr. 3.

This biography in verse describes how courage–and a chance to try–led Aída de Acosta to become the first woman to fly a motorized aircraft.

How Mamas Love Their Babies

Fitzgerald, Juniper. Illus. by Elise Peterson. 2018. 36p. Feminist, (9781936932009). PreS-Gr. 3.

Mothers work hard and care for their babies in many different ways, including work at home, as farmers, as pilots, and as sex workers.

Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain

Bardoe, Cheryl. Illus. by Barbara McClintock. 2018. 40p. Little, Brown, (9780316278201). Gr. 1-3.

Sophie Germain grew up in a time when it wasn’t acceptable for women to study math, but nothing stopped her from pursuing her studies.

Roberta Gibb

Calkhoven, Laurie. Illus. by Monique Dong. 2018. 47p. Simon Spotlight, (9781534409729). Gr. 1-3.

Roberta Gibb always loved to run. Despite being rejected from the Boston Marathon, she joined the race and led the way for women marathon runners.


Rosa Loves Cars

Spanyol, Jessica. Rosa Loves Cars. 2018. 12p. Child’s Play, board, (9781786281258). PreS.

Rosa loves to play with cars.

Rosa Loves Dinosaurs

Spanyol, Jessica. 2018. 12p. Child’s Play, board, (9781786281241). PreS.

Rosa loves to play with dinosaurs.

Sugar and Snails

Tsiang, Sarah. Illus. by Sonja Wimmer. 2018. 32p. Annick, (9781773210056). PreS-Gr. 2.

Girls and boys are made of a lot more than just sugar, spice, snips, and snails!