2017 Amelia Bloomer List highlights feminist books for young readers

John L. Amundsen
Program Officer, Outreach and Communications
jamundsen@ala.org

ATLANTA – The Amelia Bloomer Project, a product of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table’s (SRRT) Feminist Taskforce, announced the 2017 Amelia Bloomer List at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Atlanta, held Jan. 20- 24, 2017.

The bibliography consists of well written and illustrated books with significant feminist content, intended for young readers from birth to 18 years old. This year’s list includes 69 titles published between July 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2016.

Named for Amelia Bloomer, a pioneering 19th century newspaper editor, feminist thinker, public speaker and suffragist, the list features books about girls and women that spur the imagination while confronting traditional female stereotypes.

The bibliography is intended to aid children and teens in selecting high-quality books released over the past 18 months and may be used for a recommended reading list for youth and those who interact with them and as a collection development or reader’s advisory tool for interested librarians. 

To view the complete annotated list, please visit the Amelia Bloomer Project blog, https://ameliabloomer.wordpress.com/. 

The Amelia Bloomer Project committee members are Katie Mitchell (co-chair), Saline District Library (MI); Lizz Zitron (co-chair), Pacific Lutheran University (WA); Katelyn Browne, University of Northern Iowa (IA); Kelly Dickinson, National Cathedral School (DC); Emily Fear, Sewickley Public Library (PA); Kelsey Keyes, Boise State University (ID); Caitie Morphew, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (PA); Melissa Nemitz, West Windsor Public Library (NJ); Leila Roy, Lyman Community Library (ME). Alternate: Dr. Sursan C. Griffith, Central Michigan University (MI).

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. SRRT’s main Web site is hosted at http://libr.org/SRRT.

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