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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2020 Selection(s)


All the Bad Apples

Fowley-Doyle, Moira. All the Bad Apples. 2019. 315p. Penguin Random House/Kathy Dawson, $17.99 (9780525552741). Gr. 9-up.

Deena sets off across Ireland to search for her missing older sister, Mandy, learning the troubled history of generations of women in her family along the way.

Amelia Westlake Was Never Here

Gough, Erin. Amelia Westlake Was Never Here. 2019. 356p. Little, Brown/Poppy, $17.99 (9780316450669). Gr. 7-up.

Will and Harriett reluctantly join forces in a rebellious feminist plan to expose harassment and inequality at their elite all-girls school.

Empress of All Seasons

Jean, Emiko. Empress of All Seasons. 2018. 384p. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99 (9780544530942). Gr. 7-up.

The yokai demon Mari, intending to steal the imperial fortune, competes to become the next empress of Honoku, but finds that her choices will shape the fate of all yokai.

The Grace Year

Liggett, Kim. The Grace Year. 2019. 408p. St. Martin’s/Wednesday Books, $16.99 (9781250145444). Gr. 9-up.

In Garner County, 16-year-old girls, including rebellious Tierney, are sent to an isolated island, where they must release their seductive, poisonous magic into the wild before taking their proper places as a wives and mothers.

Have a Little Faith in Me

Hartl, Sonia. Have a Little Faith in Me. 2019. 329p. Page Street, $17.99 (9781624147975). Gr. 9-up.

CeCe’s boyfriend dumps her after they have sex for the first time. To win him back, CeCe follows him to a Christian summer camp.


Emezi, Akwaeke. Pet. 2019. 204p. Penguin Random House/Make Me a World, $17.99 (9780525647072). Gr. 8-up.

The revolution freed the world of monsters. But when Pet, a mysterious monster-hunting creature emerges from her mother’s painting, Jam must uncover the truth the adults are in denial of.

Rebel Girls

Keenan, Elizabeth. Rebel Girls. 2019. 413p. Inkyard, $18.99 (9781335185006). Gr. 8-up.

In 1992 Baton Rouge, rumors abound at a Catholic school that pro-life Helen had an abortion, causing her feminist riot grrrl sister Athena, to rise to her defense.

Sawkill Girls

Legrand, Claire. Sawkill Girls. 2018. 447p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $17.99 (9780062696601). Gr. 9-up.

Three young women find their fates entwined while investigating the disappearance of girls on Sawkill Island, spanning generations, and discover that the truth is far more sinister than it seemed.

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Khan, Sabina. The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali. 2019. 326p. Scholastic, $17.99 (9781338227017). Gr. 9-up.

As a queer, Bengali-American teen, Rukhsana must navigate love, culture, and homophobia within her family.

The Things She's Seen

Kwaymullina, Ambelin and Ezekiel. The Things She’s Seen. 2019. 197p. Penguin Random House/Alfred A. Knopf, $17.99 (9781984848789). Gr. 8-up.

Beth, recently deceased, accompanies her detective father in ghostly form to investigate an arson in a remote Australian town. Their only witness speaks in stories that may reveal darker truths.