2020 Rise: A Feminist Book Project Top Ten

The 2020 Rise: A Feminist Book Project committee selected the following titles, listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name, as our Top Ten. The complete list of titles will be available later this week.

  • Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • What Do You Do With a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Chris Barton, Illustrated by Ekua Holmes
  • Rise! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou by Bethany Hegedus, Illustrated by Tonya Engel
  • We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mjia
  • The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali, Illustrated by Hatem Aly
  • A Boy Like You by Frank Murphy, Illustrated by Kayla Harren
  • Forward Me Back to You by Mitali Perkins
  • Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
  • At the Mountain’s Base by Traci Sorell, Illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre
  • Surviving the City, Vol. 1 by Tasha Spillett and Natasha Donovan

Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18

The Amelia Bloomer Project will now be known as Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18.

The project has been promoting quality feminist literature for young readers since 2002 as a part of the Feminist Task Force and the Social Responsibilities Round Table.

This year, the committee was made aware that, though Amelia Bloomer had a platform as a publisher, she refused to speak against the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 (Simmons). SRRT and FTF believe librarians and libraries must work to correct social problems and inequities with particular attention to intersectionality, feminism, and deliberate anti-racism.

As a result, the committee unanimously voted in favor of a name change. Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18, reflects the diversity and inclusion for which feminism as a whole — and this committee specifically — strives. 

Simmons, L. (2016, September 23). Petition of Amelia Bloomer regarding suffrage in the West. National Archives. Retrieved from https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/bloomer

Nomination: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

9781626722590Tamaki, Mariko. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me. Illus. by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. 2019. 304pp. Macmillan/First Second. $24.99 304pp (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.

Nomination: Indian No More

main_INM_front_coverWilling McManis, Charlene with Traci Sorrell. Indian No More. 2019. 224pp. Lee & Low/Tu Books. $18.95 (9781620148396). Gr. 4-7.

In 1957, when the government enacts a law that terminates their Umpqua tribal status, Regina’s family becomes “Indian no more,” forced from their homeland and relocated to Los Angeles.

Nomination: Pet

Emezi, Akwaeke. Pet. 2019. 208pp. Penguin Random House/Make Me a World, $17.99 (9780525647072). Gr. 8-12.

The revolution freed the world of monsters. But when Pet, a mysterious monster-hunting creature, emerges from her mother’s painting, Jam must uncover the truth the adults are in deny exists.


Nomination: Queen of the Sea


Meconis, Dylan. Queen of the Sea. 2019. 400pp. Candlewick/Walker Books, $24.99 (9781536204988). Gr. 5-12.

When political exiles, including the former queen, arrive on the island, Margaret questions her life in the island’s convent, the true nature of its existence, and her own presence there.