2014 Amelia Bloomer List highlights feminist books for young readers

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/28/2014


John L. Amundsen

Program Officer, Outreach and Communications

ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

(312) 280-2140


PHILADELPHIA — The Amelia Bloomer Project, a product of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table’s (SRRT) Feminist Taskforce, announced the 2014 Amelia Bloomer List at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, held Jan. 24-28, 2014.

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 titles published between July 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2013.

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. The top 10 titles of the 2014 Amelia Bloomer List include:

Cummins, Julie. “Flying Solo: How Ruth Elder Soared into America’s Heart.” Illus. by Malene R. Laugesen. 2013. Unpaged. Roaring Brook Press, $17.99 (978-1-5964-3509-4). K-Gr.2

Gevinson, Tavi (Ed.). “Rookie Yearbook Two.” 2013. 348p. Drawn & Quarterly, $29.95 (978-1-7704-6148-2). Gr.7-up.

Global Fund for Children. “Global Baby Girls.” 2013. Unpaged. Charlesbridge Publishing, $6.95 (978-1-5808-9439-5). PreS.

Markel, Michelle. “Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909.” Illus. by Melissa Sweet. 2013. Unpaged. Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (978-0-0618-0442-7). K-Gr.4.

Molloy, Aimee.“ However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph.” 2013. 252p. HarperOne, $25.99 (978-0-0621-3276-5). Gr.10-up.

Mullenbach, Cheryl.  “Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II.”  2013. 266p. Chicago Review Press, $19.95 (978-1-5697-6808-2). Gr.9-up.

Povich, Lynn. “The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace.” 2012. 249p. PublicAffairs, $25.99 (978-1-6103-9173-3). Gr.10-up.

Schnall, Marianne. “What Will It Take to Make a Woman President? ” 2013. 386p. Seal Press, $17.00 (978-1-5800-5496-6). Gr.10-12.

Wishinsky, Frieda. “Profiles: Freedom Heroines.” 2012. 144p. Scholastic, $6.99 (978-0-5454-2518-6). Gr.4-6.

Yousafzai, Malala with Christina Lamb. “I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.” 2013. 327p. Little, Brown and Company, $26.00 (978-0-3163-2240-9). Gr.8-12.

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

The Amelia Bloomer Project committee members are Ann Bever, Katelyn Browne, Jennie Law, Katie Mitchell, Lalitha Nataraj, Linda Parsons, Kelly Rottmund, Gesse Stark-Smith, April Witteveen, and Joy Worland.

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 website is hosted at libr.org/SRRT.