January 22, 2012

Announcing Amelia Bloomer Project 2012 Top 10 Representing the best of the best from our annual booklist of appealing feminist books for young readers, ages birth through 18

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The Amelia Bloomer Project, a product of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table’s (SRRT) Feminist Taskforce, announces the 2012 Amelia Bloomer Project Top 10 List.

Please view the entire 2012 Amelia Bloomer List of recommended titles through the link below, in the sidebar under Current List, or in the following post:
2012 Amelia Bloomer List
2012 Bloomer List Brochure

The Top 10 titles of the 2012 Amelia Bloomer List include:

Addie on the Inside by James Howe, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011.


Howe, James. Addie on the Inside. 2011. 224p. Atheneum Books, $16.99 (978-1-4169-1384-9). Gr.5-8.

Outspoken Addie struggles to define herself according to her own terms. She fights against bullying and oppression, and takes time to look inside herself to discover what it means to be a girl who’s a little bit different.

Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map by Sue Macy, illus. by Matt Collins, published by Holiday House, 2011.

Macy, Sue. Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map. Illus. by Matt Collins. 2011. Unpaged. Holiday House, $16.95 (978-0-8234-2163-3). Gr.1-4.
Agnes plays rearguard for Stanford University women’s basketball team. Join her for the game against Berkeley in 1896 that sets in motion the future of women’s basketball.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, published by Scholastic, 2011.


Bray, Libba. Beauty Queens. 2011. 390p. Scholastic Press, $18.99. (978-0-439-89597-2). Gr. 8-up.
What happens when the Miss Teen Dream contestants are stranded on a desert island? They subvert their beauty queen skills to survive and thwart an evil corporate plot.
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Deadly by Julie Chibbaro, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011.

Chibbaro, Julie. Deadly. 2011. 293p. Atheneum, $16.99 (978-0-689-85738-6). Gr.7-10.
A mysterious outbreak of typhoid fever is sweeping New York. Could the city’s salvation rest with its most unlikely scientist, 16-year-old Prudence Galweski?
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The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, published by Harper Collins, 2011.

Lemmon, Gayle Tzemach. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe. 2011. 256p. HarperCollins, $24.99 (978-0-06-173237-9). Gr.7-up.
When the Taliban take control of Kabul, life for the city’s people – especially its women – changes overnight. Enterprising and ingenious, Kamila finds a way for her family to survive and empowers other women to achieve economic independence.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: U. S. Supreme Court Justice by Paul McCaffrey, published by Chelsea House, 2010.

McCaffrey, Paul. Ruth Bader Ginsburg: U.S. Supreme Court Justice. 2010. 119p. Chelsea House, $35.00 (978-1-60413-6876). Gr.5-10.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg provides steadfast support of women’s rights through the Women’s Rights Project and her work to provide justice for all on the Supreme Court.
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Tillie the Terrible Swede: How One Woman, a Sewing Needle, and a Bicycle Changed History by Sue Stauffacher, illus. by Sarah McMenemy, published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.

Stauffacher, Sue. Tillie the Terrible Swede: How one Woman, a Sewing Needle, and a Bicycle Changed History. Illus. by Sarah McMenemy. 2011. Unpaged. Knopf, $17.99 (978-0-375-84442-3). K-Gr.2.
Tillie Anderson dreams of riding a bicycle – but not like a lady! Tillie’s dreams of the “speedy, scorchy, racy kind of riding” inspire her to create her own aerodynamic cycling clothes and to compete in the first women’s cycling races.

Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue by Kathryn J. Atwood, published by Chicago Review Press, 2011.

Atwood, Kathryn J. Women Heroes of World War II: 26 stories of espionage, sabotage, resistance, and rescue. 2011. 272p. Chicago Review Press, $19.95 (978-1-556-52961-0). Gr. 6-up.
Meet courageous women and girls who risked their lives to help defeat the Nazis.
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Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy, published by National Geographic , 2011.

Macy, Sue. Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way). 2011. National Geographic, $18.95 (978-1-4263-0761-4). Gr.5-up.
Through vintage cartoons, photographs, and songs, women pedal toward equal rights.

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan, published by Algonquin Books, 2011.

Jordan, Hillary. When She Woke. 2011. 344p. Algonquin, $24.95 (978-1-561-2629-9). Gr. 10-up.
Hannah Payne awakens in a cell with chemically altered red skin, stigmatizing her choice to have an abortion. She struggles to cope with her new reality and her increasing alienation from the world she previously inhabited.
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The Amelia Bloomer Project bibliography consists of well written and illustrated books with significant feminist content, intended for young readers from birth to 18 years old. Named for Amelia Bloomer, a pioneering 19th century newspaper editor, feminist thinker, public speaker and suffragist, the list features 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 Amelia Bloomer Project committee members are Maureen McCoy (co-chair), Beth Olshewsky (co-chair), Jennie Law, Lalitha Nataraj, Linda Parsons, Kelly Rottmund, Angela Semifero, April Witteveen, and Joy Worland.

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2 Comments »

  1. Mary Napoli said,

    An outstanding list of titles to inspire and empower readers! Best wishes.
    Mary Napoli

  2. Kudos to all the winners & their project teams.
    And thanks to the committee readers.
    Hope you eyes have enjoyed a brief respite.


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