For immediate release | January 11, 2011

2011 Amelia Bloomer List announced

SAN DIEGO – The Amelia Bloomer Project, a product of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table’s (SRRT) Feminist Taskforce, announced the 2011 Amelia Bloomer List at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, held Jan. 7-11, 2011.
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 68 titles published between July 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2010.
Named for Amelia Bloomer, a pioneering 19th century newspaper editor, feminist thinker, public speaker and suffragist, the list mentions 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 Amelia Bloomer List include:
Ali, Nujood. I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced. 2010. 192p. Three Rivers, $12.00 (978-0-307-58967-5). Gr.4-8.

Annino, Jan Godown. She Sang Promise: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader. Illus. by Lisa Desimini. 2010. Unpaged. National Geographic Children’s Books, $17.95 (978-1-4263-0592-4). K-Gr6.

Brown, Tami Lewis. Soar, Elinor!. Illus. by François Roca. 2010. Unpaged. Farrar Straus Giroux, $16.99 (978-0-374-37115-9). K-Gr.3.

Cossi, Olga. Pemba Sherpa. Illus. by Gary Bernard. 2009. Unpaged. Odyssey Books, $15.95 (978-0-9768655-8-2). PreS-Gr.3.

Crysdale, Joy. Fearless Female Journalists. 2010. 118p. Second Story Press, $10.95 (978-1-897187-71-5). Gr.5-up.

Engle, Margarita. The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette’s Journey to Cuba. 2010. 160p. Henry Holt & Co., $16.99 (978-0-8050-9082-6). Gr.5-up.
George-Warren, Holly. The Cowgirl Way: Hats Off To America’s Women Of The West. 2010. 128p. Houghton Mifflin, $18.00 (978-0-618-73738-3). Gr.4-up.
Marck, Bernard. Women Aviators: From Amelia Earhart to Sally Ride, Making History in Air and Space. 2009. 240p. Flammarion, $45.00 (978-2080-3010-86). Gr.7-up.
Martin, Courtney E. and J. Courtney Sullivan, eds. Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. 2010. 237p. Seal Press, $16.95 (978-1-5800-5285-6). Gr.8-up.

Rosenstock, Barbara. Fearless: the true story of racing legend Louise Smith. Illus. by Scott Dawson. 2010. Unpaged. Dutton, $16.99 (978-0525421734). K-Gr.3.

To view the complete annotated list, please visit the Amelia Bloomer Project blog
The committee members are Angela Semifero, Marshall District Library (Mich.); Barbara Ward, Washington State University (Wash.); Beth Olshewsky, co-chair, Tulare County Office of Education (Calif.); Dana Campbell, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library (Ore.); Jennie Law, John Bulow Campbell Library (Ga.); Joy Worland, Joslin Memorial Library (Vt.); Linda Parsons, Ohio State University (Ohio); Maureen McCoy, co-chair, Brooklyn Public Library (N.Y.).
About SRRT
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 Web site is hosted at


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