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-American Muslim Girl

Courtney, Nadine Jolie. All-American Muslim Girl. 2019. 419p. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $17.99 (9780374309527) Gr. 8-up.

When white-passing Allie begins to delve into her Arab and Muslim heritage, reactions from those closest to her leave her wondering where or if she will truly belong.

The Dead Queens Club

Capin, Hannah. The Dead Queens Club. 2019. 455p. Harlequin/Inkyard, $18.99 (9781335542236). Gr. 8-up.

Tudor drama is reimagined for high school as homecoming king Henry tries to make sense of his relationships with his six formidable, ambitious, remarkable ex-girlfriends.

Goodbye, Perfect

Barnard, Sara. Goodbye, Perfect. 2019. 375p. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $19.99 (9781534402447). Gr. 8-up.

When her 15-year-old best friend runs away from home with their music teacher, Eden reevaluates their friendship and her loyalty as she learns about how power dynamics can complicate consent.

Hello Girls

Cavallaro, Brittany and Emily Henry. Hello Girls. 2019. 322p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegan Books, $17.99 (9780062803429). Gr. 9-up.

Best friends Winona and Lucille, who have had enough of the controlling men in their lives, hit the road to make a new life for themselves.

In the Neighborhood of True

Carlton, Susan Kaplan. In the Neighborhood of True. 2019. 314p. Workman/Algonquin, $17.95 (9781616208608). Gr. 8-up.

After moving to Atlanta in 1958, Ruth must choose between being Jewish or popular; she yearns to be a debutante, even as anti-Semitism complicates her embrace of Southern society.

Love from A-Z

Ali, S.K. Love from A-Z. 2019. 342p. Simon & Schuster/Salaam Reads, $18.99 (9781534442726). Gr. 8-up.

Zayneb and Adam are both facing individual hardships, but unexpectedly fall in love after meeting on a spring break trip to Qatar.

Once & Future

Capetta, Amy Rose and Cori McCarthy. Once & Future. 2019. 352p. Little, Brown/JIMMY Patterson, $18.99 (9780316449274).

Ari and her brother have successfully avoided the sinister, monopolistic Mercer Corporation since their moms were arrested. Then, Ari is revealed as the 42nd reincarnation of King Arthur.


Donnelly, Jennifer. Stepsister. 2019. 342p. Scholastic, $17.99 (9781338268461). Gr. 7-up.

Ugly stepsister Isabelle cuts off her toes to fit the slipper — a misstep, if there ever was one. With help from fate, chance, and a godmother, she rewrites her story.

The Good Luck Girls

Davis, Charlotte Nicole. The Good Luck Girls. 351p. Tor Teen. $17.99 (9781250299703). Gr. 9-up.

Fleeing a life of forced prostitution, five “Good Luck Girls” outwit their pursuers, seeking freedom outside of the oppressive rule of their country, Arketta, in this dystopian Western.

We Rule the Night

Bartlett, Claire Eliza. We Rule the Night. 393p. Hachette/Little, Brown. $17.99 (9780316417273). Gr. 9-up.

Two girls use illegal magic to fly and fight for the Union in a fantasy realm inspired by the Night Witches, Soviet female bomber pilots of World War II.