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: Women Who Broke the Rules: Sonia Sotomayor

Krull, Kathleen. Women Who Broke the Rules: Sonia Sotomayor. 2015. 48p. Bloomsbury, $16.99. (978-0802737977). Gr. 4-6

Growing up in a public housing project in the 1950s and faced with the challenge of juvenile diabetes, Sonia Sotomayor was determined to be somebody who defied expectations.  Setting her sights on a career in law, she learned how to be an excellent student, which lead her to Ivy League Schools and a fast track legal career. Her ultimate, private goal to become a judge was soon realized and her strong work led President Obama to select her to be the third woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

Nomination: Women Who Broke the Rules: Judy Blume

9780802737953Krull, Kathleen. Women Who Broke the Rules: Judy Blume. 2015. 48p. Bloomsbury, $16.99 (9780802737953). Gr 4-6.

Krull’s Women Who Broke the Rules series celebrates women who broke rules to forge their own paths while changing history, for the better! This edition documents the life of famed (and often-banned) author Judy Blume who forged her own path to become a celebrated author. Judy Blume wanted to be an author during a time when women were expected to stay at home and raise families. She defied social norms and weathered rejection in order to provide the realistic books she knew children needed and wanted.

Nomination: Silver in the Blood

George, Jessica Day. Silver in the Blood. 2015. 358p. Bloomsbury. $17.99 (978-1-61963-431-2). Gr. 7 and up.

When debutante cousins, Dacia and Lou, travel to visit distant relatives in 1890’s Romania, they learn the dark truth of the connection between their family line, the Florescus, and the royal Draculas. For the girls, coming to terms with their lineage may mean following through with the dangerous obligations set upon them – or breaking away to form their own destinies.

Nomination: Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall

Silvey, Anita. Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall. 2015. 96p. National Geographic Children’s Books, $18.99. Gr. 5-9.

Since early childhood, Jane Goodall has been fascinated by animals.  Her passion and perseverance led her to become the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees.  Having spent decades in field observation, Dr. Goodall now teaches new generations to care for and ensure the safety of large primates.

Nomination: Mechanica


Cornwell, Betsy. Mechanica. 2015. 307p. Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $17.99 (978-0-547-92771-8). Gr. 6-8.

Nicolette Lampton endures typical Cinderella trials: a dead mother, a dead father, a shrewish stepmother, two condescending stepsisters, and competition for the charming prince. Yet as Mechanica, Nicolette follows in her mother’s footsteps creating time-saving and wondrous automata. She also creates the life she’s dreamed of. [ltp]

Nomination: The Princess and the Pony

Beaton, Kate
. The Princess and the Pony. 2015. 40p. Arthur A. Levine, Scholastic.  $17.99 (978-0545637084). Pre-K- Gr.1.

Princess Pinecone is a warrior who desires a big, strong horse to lead into battle.  What she gets instead is a small, round pony.  When the battle day arrives, Pinecone finds a way to still be a warrior and appreciate the benefits of her birthday gift.