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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Award and Frequency

This award is given out on an annual basis.


A book must have a copyright date during the current calendar year or have been published from July to December of the previous calendar year to be considered for the list.  A book originally published outside the United States will be considered according to its U.S. publication year.  Books must be distributed in the United States to be considered for the list. Books which are revisions of previously published titles will be considered if the revision is to such an extent as to make the book substantially different from the previous edition. Any book which was discussed at any point during the previous year is not eligible for nomination the following year.

Application Instructions

The Amelia Bloomer Project accepts field nominations from members of the reading public. These suggestions will be passed on to committee members, who will read the books and determine whether or not they should be officially nominated for the list. Field nominations are accepted each year between March 1st and September 30th.  

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Contact Information

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Selection Criteria

Books considered for the Amelia Bloomer List must include significant feminist content, be well-written and well-illustrated (if applicable), and be appealing for young readers from birth to age 18.


The list of nominated titles will be available online and distributed to ALA-ODLOS, FTF, and Booklist at the close of Midwinter Meeting. Other print and non-print media will be used to publicize the list, such as magazines directed at children and teens, women, families, and library professionals. Visit