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)


Across a Broken Shore

Trueblood, Amy. Across a Broken Shore. 2019. 343p. North Star/Flux, paper, $14.99 (9781635830422). Gr. 9-up.

In 1930’s San Francisco, Willa MacCarthy dreams of becoming a doctor, but must resist expectations from her family and gender discrimination.

Girls on the Verge

Waller, Sharon Biggs. Girls on the Verge. 2019. 228p. Henry Holt, $17.99 (9781250151698). Gr. 9-up.

High school student Camille, and two friends, must drive thousands of miles to procure the abortion Camille can’t get due to restrictions in her home state of Texas.


Young, Suzanne. Girls with Sharp Sticks. 2019. 400p. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $18.99 (9781534426139). Gr. 8-up.

When her friend abruptly disappears from Innovations Academy, Philomena begins to question her school’s curriculum (focused on obedience, beauty, and purity) and control (of her diet, friendships, and curiosity).

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

Tamaki, Mariko. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me. Illus. by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. 2019. 289p. Roaring Brook Press/First Second, paper, $17.99 (9781626722590). Gr. 9-12.

Despite Laura Dean’s cheating and emotional manipulation, Frederica “Freddy” Riley is still in love with her. But relationship woes have caused Freddy to neglect her friends who need her support.

On the Come Up

Thomas, Angie. On the Come Up. 2019. 447p. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $18.99 (9780062498564). Gr. 8-up.

Sixteen-year-old Bri, an aspiring rapper, finds herself stereotyped and depicted as a “hoodlum” following the release of her debut song, written in response to being assaulted by school security guards.

Surviving the City, Vol. 1

*Spillett, Tasha and Natalie Donovan. Surviving the City, Vol. 1. 2019. 54p. HighWater, paper, $18.95 (9781553797562). Gr. 8-up.

Two friends, Miikwan and Dez, navigate the dangers of life in the city, shadowed constantly by the memories of murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people.

The Cold is in Her Bones

van Arsdale, Peternelle. The Cold is in Her Bones. 2019. 278p. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $18.99 (9781481488440). Gr. 7-up.

From childhood, Milla has been taught to fear the demon that cursed her village. When her friend is taken, Milla sets out to confront the demon and break the curse.

The Unstoppable Wasp: Unlimited: Vol 1: Fix Everything

Whitley, Jeremy. The Unstoppable Wasp: Unlimited: Vol. 1: Fix Everything. Illus. By Gurihuru. 2019. unpaged. Marvel, paper, $15.99 (9781302914264). Gr. 7-up.

The Unstoppable Wasp Nadia Van Dyne is back with her team of teen girl scientists! But what will happen when villains A.I.M. strike?

This Time Will Be Different

Sugiura, Misa. This Time Will Be Different. 2019. 386p. Harper Collins/HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062473448). Gr. 8-up.

CJ and student activists campaign to change the name of their high school, named after a racist who preyed upon interned Japanese-American families, including her own.

Watch Us Rise

Watson, Renee and Ellen Hagan. Watch Us Rise. 2019. 360p. Bloomsbury YA, $18.99 (9781547600083). Gr. 7-up.

Through writing, poetry and performance, Jasmine and Chelsea find and use their voices to fight for gender equality.