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: Goodbye Stranger

goodbye strangerStead, Rebecca.  Goodbye Stranger. 2015. 304 p. Wendy Lamb Books, $16.99 (978-0-3857-4317-4).  Grade 5-8.

Between Tab’s recently discovered sense of social justice, Em’s suddenly curvy body, and Bridge’s unexpected connection with quiet Sherm Russo, the three girls find their friendship put to the test as they enter seventh grade and struggle to navigate the increasingly confusing messages and expectations about their bodies and behavior.

Nomination: Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets

2211557Daniels, Paige and Mary Fan eds. Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets. 2015. 382 p. Red Adept Publishing. $13.99 (978-1512325614) Gr. 6-up.

This short story anthology, created to get girls interested in STEM, shows girls saving the day, practicing social justice, or just getting by through their wits and STEM know-how. The worlds in which these girls exist show us girls as engineers, hackers, scientists, and inventors as a matter of course, not as anomalies in a boys’ club.

Nomination: Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

headscarves and hymensEltahawy, Mona.  Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution.  2015.  256 p. Farrar Straus Giroux, $25.00 (978-0-8654-7803-9). Grade 10 and up.

Egyptian American feminist writer, journalist, and activist Mona Eltahawy draws on her personal experiences, current research and statistics, and the writings of various Middle Eastern feminist scholars to craft a passionate argument about women’s continued status as second-class citizens in most Arab countries and the immediate need for a multifaceted cultural, political, and sexual revolution in the region.