Amelia Bloomer Awards

Amelia Bloomer Award 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.  Awards are selected by the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association.

Early Readers

Fiction

TWINS*A Pair of Twins. By Kavitha Mandana. Illus. by Nayantara Surendranath. 2014.
Born minutes apart, a young girl and her beloved elephant break gender roles in India by becoming the first female elephant trainer and lead elephant.    (See reviews on Amazon)

Nonfiction

Dare the Wind: The Record-Breaking Voyage of Eleanor Prentiss and the Flying Cloud. By Tracey Fern.  Illus. by Emily Arnold McCully. 2014.
Born with saltwater in her veins in the early 19th century, Ellen grows up to be a ship’s navigator, using her skills to travel the world and sets speed records.

Who Is Dolly Parton?. By True Kelley.  Illus. by Stephen Marchesi. 2014.
Dolly Parton’s talent, perseverance, and good business sense have led her to become a successful singer, actress, and philanthropist.

MADALADAY*Every Day is Malala Day. By Rosemary McCarney, with Plan International. 2014.
Girls from around the world interpret Malala Yousafzai’s work and express their own ideas about equality, independence, and opportunity.  Words and photographs in this title capture the joy and determination of their generation’s most famous feminist, Malala Yousafzai.    (See reviews on Amazon)

Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies. By Cokie Roberts.  Illus. by Diane Goode.
Many famous and less-well-known women helped shape the early days of the United States with their industry, creativity and bravery.


Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
. By Katheryn Russell-Brown. Illus. by Frank Morrison.
In a world dominated by men, Melba Liston became a renowned jazz trombonist.

Leontyne Price: Voice of a Century. By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illus. by Raul Colon.
Leontyne Price overcame racism and hate to become a famed international opera star. Her legacy served as as inspiration for African-American female vocalists such as Jessye Norman and Grace Bumbry.

Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan. By Jeanette Winter.
Malala and Iqbal’s stories show younger readers that women’s and children’s rights are global issues.

Middle Grade

Fiction

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place. By Julie Berry.
In this Victorian farce, seven misfit girls conceal the murder of their headmistress in order to live life as sisters in a feminine utopia.

Hope is a Girl Selling Fruit. By Amrita Das. Trans. by Gita Wolf and Susheela Varadarajan.
The story of a young woman’s journey to study art and the choices she makes for herself along the way.

Searching for Silverheels. Jeannie Mobley.
During World War I, thirteen-year-old Pearl sets out to solve the mystery of local heroine Silverheels and reluctantly accepts help from an eccentric suffragette.

HIDDEN*Hidden. By Donna Jo Napoli.
After she escapes from slave traders, young Brigid vows to do everything in her power to save her older sister, who is still held captive.  (See reviews on Amazon)

 

 


The Red Pencil
. By Andrea Davis Pinkney. Illustrated by  Shane W. Evans.
After her village is attacked by the Janjaweed, Amira takes great risks to make her dream of education come true so that she can help her people.

 

Nonfiction

Women’s Right to Vote. By Peter Benoit.  2014.
A concise history of the obstacles American women faced in the struggle for voting rights and political equality.

HOUSEsENATE*A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country. By Ilene Cooper.  Illus. by Elizabeth Baddeley.
Cooper presents a vivid chronicle from the beginning of the suffrage movement to the present, highlighting important women who have paved critical paths in the American political landscape.  (See reviews on Amazon)


Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific.
By Mary Cronk Farrell.
This little known story highlights the perseverance and strength of military nurses stationed in the Philippines during World War II.

Sally Ride: Life on a Mission, By Sue Macy.
In an era of feminist activism and change, Sally Ride excelled as an athlete, scientist, astronaut, investigator, and advocate for girls’ STEM education.

BECASUSEiaMAgIRL*Because I Am A Girl: I Can Change the World. By Rosemary McCarney, with Jen Albaugh and Plan International.  2014.
In the face of overwhelming challenges, girls around the world have found their own voices and fought for justice.  (See reviews on Amazon)

 


Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. By Suzanne Slade. Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell.
Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass fought for equal rights for all Americans. Despite political strife, they remained lifelong friends.

Malala*I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World: Young Readers Edition. By Malala Yousafzai, with Patricia McCormick.   2014.
Malala Yousafzai, an international advocate for human rights and girls’ education, retells the story of her own education, activism, and attempted murder.  (See reviews on Amazon)


Young Adult

Fiction

The Secret Sky. By Atia Abawi.
Although Fatima’s life choices have been limited by her status and family, she strives for more than an arranged marriage.

The Daring Ladies of Lowell. By Kate Alcott.
Escaping a life of farm work, Alice finds purpose in advocating for female worker’s rights at the Lowell cotton mill.

Salvage. By Alexandra Duncan.
After Ava is cast out of her deep-space patriarchal society, she discovers a world where women have freedoms she never dreamed possible.

Moon at Nine. By Deborah Ellis.
Farrin and Sadira fall in love but post-revolutionary Iran’s draconian laws declare homosexuality deviant and punishable by death. The girls soon find they can trust no one but themselves.

Girls Like Us. By Gail Giles.
After graduating from their high school’s special education program, Quincy and Biddy learn to trust each other as they navigate an often dangerous world.

Willow. By Tonya Cherie Hegamin.
Willow risks her life to pursue freedom from slavery and an arranged marriage.

Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. By Christine Heppermann.
This collection of poems twists and shatters the fairy tale image of women, girls, beauty, love, gender and body.

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future. By A.S. King.
Glory, haunted by her mother’s suicide, is profoundly uncertain about life after graduation–until she starts having startling visions of a future where women’s rights are lost.

notoriouslife*My Notorious Life. By Kate Manning.
After growing up in poverty, Axie becomes a medical practitioner and businesswoman who insists on providing 19th century women with reproductive choice.  (See reviews on Amazon)

 

How to Build a Girl. By Caitlin Moran. 2014. Fourteen-year-old Johanna Morrigan reinvents herself as music critic Dolly Wilde, gleefully eviscerating bands for a nationally-known music magazine while attempting to navigate the complications love, sex, and family.

tomboy*Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir. By Liz Prince.
With the help of new friends, feminist zines, and the punk scene, tomboy Liz Prince discovers that her problem is not who she is, but society’s restrictive gender roles.

 

Quintero, Isabel. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces. By Isabel Quintero.
During Gabi’s senior year of high school, she navigates her family’s ideas about “good girls” and “bad girls” while figuring out who she wants to be.

I Love, I Hate, I Miss My Sister. By Amélie Sarn Trans. by Y. Maudet. Sisters Sohane and Djelila are as different as night and day, but both believe in a woman’s right to live as she chooses.

Sally Heathcote, Suffragette.  By Mary M Talbot, Kate Charlesworth, and Bryan Talbot.
Maid-of-all-work Sally Heathcote finds a place in the suffrage movement of early 20th century Britain.

Lies We Tell Ourselves.  By Robin Talley.
A school project forces two girls on opposite sides of segregation to work together and confront their sexuality.

A Mad, Wicked Folly. By Sharon Biggs Waller.
Vicky dreams of being an artist but is told she is destined for marriage and motherhood.  Can she find the courage to join the suffragettes and fight for freedom?

MsNormal*Ms. Marvel: No Normal. By G. Willow Wilson. Illustrated by Adrian Alphona.
Teen Kamala Khan receives the powers of Ms. Marvel. With her neighborhood in danger, she figures out how to reconcile her own cultural identity with a superpowered alter ego. (See reviews on Amazon)

 

The Cure for Dreaming. By Cat Winters.
Olivia dreams of women’s suffrage and obtaining a college education, but her father goes to extreme measures to “cure” her of these ideas.

Nonfiction

Uprising: A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter. By Sally Armstrong.
Women around the world rise up against oppression and brutality to empower themselves and control their future.

Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women’s Movements. By Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon, and Astrid Henry.
While many think of American feminism as only the suffrage movement, the women’s liberation movement, and recent activism, women’s movements have been transforming the nation throughout the last century.

Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot. By Masha Gessen.
Arrested for their feminist punk performances, members of Pussy Riot shed light on the political corruption and erosion of human rights in Russia.

Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine. By Tim Hanley.
Originally a symbol of the coming matriarchy, Wonder Woman has been both an icon and a source of frustration for feminists.

I am a Bacha Posh: My Life as a Woman Living as a Man in Afghanistan. By Ukmina Manoori, with Stephanie Lebrun.  Trans. by Peter E. Chianchiano Jr.
Raised as a boy, Ukmina makes the brave choice to live as a man and later becomes an advocate for the rights of women in Afghanistan.

Women Who Don’t Wait in Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way. By Reshma Saujani.
Despite her unsuccessful bid for a congressional seat, Saujani advocates for increased female political and corporate engagement and encourages women to ignore advice to “wait their turn.”

sallyride*Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space. By Lynn Sherr.
Sally Ride spent her life challenging expectations of what women could and should do, most notably by becoming the first American woman in space.  (See reviews on Amazon)

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