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: All The Rage

all the rageSummers, Courtney. All The Rage. 2015. 336 p. St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan, $18.99 (978-1-2500-2191-5). Gr. 10 and up.

Entering her senior year in Grebe, Romy Grey has no illusions about the mythical beauty of life in small town America.  Since she accused the sheriff’s son of rape, Romy has been ostracized and bullied by the community. Her only escape is her waitressing job one town over–a place where no one knows her past.  But then her former friend goes missing after a party and Romy must decide if she’s willing to raise her voice against the cultural tides of silence and shame.

Nomination: In Mary’s Garden

61d1DPUw57LKugler, Tina and Carson. In Mary’s Garden. 2015. 32p. Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, $16.99 (978-0544272200). Gr. Pre-K-2.
Mary loves to create things.  As a young girl, she explores building and woodworking.  As she grows up, she discovers art.  What starts as a small project, becomes a nationally renowned body of work all in her beloved Wisconsin garden.

Nomination: Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees

Prevot, Franck. Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees. Illus. by Aurelia Fronty. 2015. 48p. Charlesbridge, $17.95 (978-1-58089-626-9). Gr. 3-5.

Wangari Maathai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, dedicated her life to restoring Kenya’s land by planting millions of  trees throughout the country. Maathai was the founder and creator of the Green Belt Movement, which was an organization led by women that urged all people of Kenya and its government to care about the environment and plant trees to restore the land after colonial British rule. Although Maathai was met with political and sexist retaliation, she never gave up on the importance of her work or her fellow Kenyans. Maathai created a movement that not only helped save her environment, but empowered women through a common cause.

Nomination: Almost Famous Women: Stories

almost famous womenBergman, Megan Mayhew.  Almost Famous Women: Stories. 2015. 236 p. Scribner, $25.00 (978-1-4767-8656-8). Gr. 10-up.

History has not always been kind to unusual or unconventional women, often reducing such figures to footnotes in someone else’s story.  This collection provides an imagined peek into the lives of such complex, infamous, and gutsy women as actress Butterfly McQueen, heiress and boat racer Joe Carstairs, artist Romaine Brooks, aviator Beryl Markham, performers and conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, and musician Tiny Davis and the first ever integrated all women’s band, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

Nomination: Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson’s Flight from Slavery

Conkling, Winifred. Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson’s Flight from Slavery. 2015. 176p. Algonuin, $17.95 (978-1-61620-196-8). Gr. 6-up.

In 1848, Emily Edmonson and her five siblings boarded the Pearl  along with seventy other enslaved people in the hopes of escaping a life of slavery. Unfortunately, the Pearl was thwarted and the Edmonson children were punished by being sold further south, to New Orleans. But Emily’s story does not end there. Emily and her sister Mary never gave up on their hope of freedom, and galvanized the attention of prominent abolitionists such as Frederick Douglas and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Emily and her siblings were ultimately granted their freedom and Emily went on to become a school teacher at a school for African American girls.

Nomination: Devoted

downloadMathieu, Jennifer. Devoted. 2015 336p. Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. $16.99 (978-1596439115).
Gr. 7+
Rachel has been raised in a Quiverfull family, a fundamentalist movement that encourages large families and a strict adherence to the Bible.  She knows that women should be modest, cheerful, and eventually a loving helpmate to a husband who will make the “godly” decisions for the family.  But, when a former member of her church moves back to town, Rachel begins to wonder about the world outside of Calvary Christian Church and question her own personal destiny.