2015 Amelia Bloomer Top Ten

The 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project committee selected the following titles, listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name, as their Top Ten:


Cooper, Ilene. A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country. Illus. by Elizabeth Baddeley. 2014. 134p. Abrams Books for Young Readers-Abrams, $24.95 (978-1-419-71036-0). Gr.4-8.

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.

Mandana, Kavitha. A Pair of Twins. Illus. by Nayantara Surendranath. 2014. Unpaged. Karadi Tales, $11.95 (978-8-181-90302-0). Gr.K-3.

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.

Manning, Kate. My Notorious Life. 2013. 438 p. Scribner-Simon & Schuster, $26.99 (978-1-4516-9806-0). Gr.10-up.

After growing up in poverty, Axie becomes a medical practitioner and businesswoman who insists on providing 19th century women with reproductive choice.

McCarney, Rosemary. With Jen Albaugh and Plan International. Because I Am A Girl: I Can Change the World. 2014. 95p. Second Story Press, $16.95 (978-1-927583-44-9). Gr.4-8.

In the face of overwhelming challenges, girls around the world have found their own voices and fought for justice.

McCarney, Rosemary. With Plan International. Every Day is Malala Day. 2014. Unpaged. Second Story Press, $18.95 (978-1-927583-31-9). Gr.K-3.

Girls from around the world interpret Malala Yousafzai’s work and express their own ideas about equality, independence, and opportunity.

Napoli, Donna Jo. Hidden. 2014. 372p. A Paula Wiseman Book-Simon & Schuster,  $17.99 (978-1-4424-8300-2). Gr.7-up.

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.

Prince, Liz. Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir. 2014. 255p. Zest, $15.99 (978-1-936976-55-3). Gr.7-up.

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.

Sherr, Lynn. Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space. 2014. 374p. Simon & Schuster, $28.00 (978-1-476-72576-5). Gr.10-up.

Sally Ride spent her life challenging expectations of what women could and should do, most notably by becoming the first American woman in space.

Wilson, G. Willow. Ms. Marvel: No Normal. Illus. by Adrian Alphona. 2014. Unpaged. Marvel, $15.99 (978-0-785-19021-9). Gr.8-up.

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.

Yousafzai, Malala. With Patricia McCormick. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World: Young Readers Edition. 2014. 224p. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $17.00 (978-0-316-32793-0). Gr.5-10.

Malala Yousafzai, an international advocate for human rights and girls’ education, retells the story of her own education, activism, and attempted murder.

Nomination: Rad American Women A-Z

SchaBvL1Kc-CYAEViDmtz, Kate. Rad American Women A-Z.  Illus. by Miriam Klein Stahl. 2015. 64pg. City Light Books.  $14.95. (978-0872866836) Grades 1-6.

An alphabetic look at some of the “rad” woman in American history, radicals who worked for social justice and  artistic pioneers and woman who refused to accept societal norms.  After introducing these groundbreaking women, the authors ask “what will you do to make the world rad?”

Nomination: Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Winter, Jolilliannah. Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Illus. by Shane Evans.  2015. Unpaged. Schwartz and Wade, Random House. $17.99 (978-0385390293) Grades 1-6. (kdm)

Centenarian Lillian climbs a steep hill on the way to vote.  As she walks, she reflects upon her family’s history from her great-great grandparents who had their rights stripped away as they were forced into slavery,  to the angry crowds who jeered the 19th Amendment, the indignities of the 20th century poll taxes to the first time Lillian voted following the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  At the top of the hill, she votes; the summit of so many generations who worked to secure the vote.

Nomination: Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens

Nolan, Nina. Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens. Illus. by John Holyfield. 2015. 32p. Amistad/HarperCollins, $17.99 (978-0-06-087944-0). Gr.K-3.

Mahalia Jackson was one of the greatest gospel singers to ever live, which is why she is referred to as the “Queen of Gospel.” Although gaining massive success as a gospel singer in the 1950s and 60s,  Mahalia encountered racist backlash; which inspired her to join the Civil Rights Movement. One of Mahalia’s greatest performances was when she sang at the March on Washington. Mahalia Jackson’s story is one of perseverance in the face of adversity.

Nomination: One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

Paul, Miranda . One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia. Illus. by Elizabeth Zunon. 2015. 32p. Millbrook Press, $19.99 (978-1-4677-1608-6). Gr.K-3.

One Plastic Bag is based on the true story of Isatou Ceesay. In her village in Gambia, Isatou decided to take action when an abundance of plastic bags started polluting the land. Isatou came up with the idea to take the plastic bags, crochet them into purses and sell them in the local market. With the help of other women in the village, the pollution from plastic bags drastically decreased. One Plastic Bag shows how one woman can create a significant impact in her community and raise awareness globally about the impact of pollution on the environment.

Nomination: Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers’ Journey from Slave to Artist

9780385754620_20530Herkert, Barbara. Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers Journey from Slave to Artist.
Illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. 2015. 40p. Random House/Alfred Knopf BFYR, $17.99 (978-0-385-75462-0). Gr.K-3.

The women in Harriet’s life teach her the craft of appliqué quilting, a way to preserve the stories of Africa, when slaveowners wouldn’t allow then to read or write.  After Emancipation,   Harriet uses her art to support her family, earning a place in America’s art history for her incredible talent.