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: Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March

Blackmon Lowery, Lynda, as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March. Illus. by PJ Loughran. 2015. 128p. Dial Books $19.99 (978-0-8037-4123-2). Gr. 5-up.

The day before her 15th birthday, Lynda Blackmon Lowery was the youngest person to join the Selma Voting Rights March. Having already been to jail nine times and was beaten on what became known as Bloody Sunday, Lynda was determined to stand up for her rights and her freedom.

Nomination: Negroland: A Memoir

negrolandJefferson, Margo. Negroland: A Memoir. 2015. 248p. Pantheon Books, $25.00 (978-0-3073-7845-3). Gr. 9 and up.

Reflecting on her experiences growing up in the world of Chicago’s upper class black society in the 1960s, theatre critic and writer Jefferson explores the evolving intersections between racism, classism, and sexism in American society with particular attention to the discrimination and challenges faced by black women.

Nomination: Lumberjanes, Vol. 2

lumberjanes 2Stevenson, Noelle and Grace Ellis. Lumberjanes, v.2. Illus. by Brooke Allen. 2015. 112p. Boom! Studios, $14.99 (978-1-6088-6737-0). Gr. 6-9.

The bizarre adventures of daring Lumberjanes Jo, April, Mal, Molly, Ripley and their faithful counselor Jen continue as the camp faces an increase in monster invasions and the friends become entangled in a sibling rivalry of mythic proportions.  Once again, the friends must depend on each other and combine their diverse talents to save their beloved camp–and possibly the universe.  

Nomination: I am Helen Keller

I am Helen Keller (Ordinary People Change the World)

Meltzer, Brad. I am Helen Keller. Illus. by Christopher Eliopoulos. 2015. unpaged.  Dial Books for Young Readers, $12.99.  (978-0525428510). K-Gr. 2.

Although she lost her vision and hearing as a small child, Helen Keller refused to be defined by disability.  With the help of dedicated teachers, Helen pursued every avenue for learning, including getting a college degree, and fought for education and equality for all citizens.