2019 Amelia Bloomer List presents top ten feminist books for young readers

For Immediate Release
Fri, 02/01/2019


Briana Jarnagin

Member Services Assistant



SEATTLE – The Amelia Bloomer Project, a subgroup of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table’s Feminist Task Force, announced its Top Ten feminist books for young readers, selected from the 2019 Amelia Bloomer List.

The Amelia Bloomer List recommends well-written and well-illustrated books with significant feminist content for young readers from birth to 18 years old. Named for Amelia Bloomer, a pioneering 19th-century newspaper editor, feminist thinker, public speaker, and suffragist, the list features books that spur the imagination and promote equity for people of all genders.

The bibliography is intended as a recommended reading list for children and teens. It may also be used by interested librarians, teachers, parents, and others who work with youth. The complete list will be released following the Midwinter Meetings at https://ameliabloomer.wordpress.com and http://www.ala.org/rt/srrt/feminist-task-force. The top 10 titles of the 2019 Amelia Bloomer List are:

Acevedo, Elizabeth. The Poet X. 2018. 361p. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062662804). Gr. 8-up.


Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak: The Graphic Novel. Illus. by Emily Carroll. 2018. 375p. Farrar Straus Giroux, $19.99 (9780374300289). Gr. 8-up.


Arnold, Elana K. Damsel. 2018. 309p. Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (9780062742322). Gr. 9-up.


Chmakova, Svetlana. Crush. 2018. 240p. Yen/JY, paperback, $11.00 (9780316363242). Gr. 4-8.


Gillman, Melanie. As the Crow Flies. 2017. 272p. Iron Circus, paper, $30.00 (9781945820069). Gr. 7-up.


Mather, Janice Lynn. Learning to Breathe. 2018. 328p. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $18.99 (9781534406018). Gr. 9-up.


McCullough, Joy. Blood Water Paint. 2018. 297p. Penguin/Dutton, $17.99 (9780735232112). Gr. 9-up.


Saeed, Aisha. Amal Unbound. 2018. 234p. Penguin/Paulson, $17.99 (9780399544682). Gr. 4-8.


Tsiang, Sarah. Sugar and Snails. Illus. by Sonja Wimmer. 2018. 32p. Annick, $18.95 (9781773210056). PreS - Gr. 2.


Turtschaninoff, Maria. Naondel. 2018. 384p. Abrams/Amulet, $18.99 (9781419725555). Gr. 10-up.


The Amelia Bloomer Project committee members are Katelyn Browne (co-chair), University of Northern Iowa (IA); Kelsey Keyes (co-chair), Boise State University (ID); Kelly Dickinson, National Cathedral School (DC); Silvia Lin Hanick, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) (NY); Natasha Forrester Campbell, Multnomah County Library (OR); Caitie Morphew, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (PA); Melissa Nemitz, West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library System (NJ); Leila Roy, Lyman Community Library (ME); Ally Watkins, First Regional Library (MS); Madison Bishop (alternate), Plymouth Public Library (MA).

The ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) is a unit within the American Library Association. It works to make ALA more democratic and to establish progressive priorities not only for the Association, but also for the entire profession. Concern for human and economic rights was an important element in the founding of SRRT and remains an urgent concern today. SRRT believes that libraries and librarians must recognize and help solve social problems and inequities in order to carry out their mandate to work for the common good and bolster democracy.