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: The Wrath & The Dawn


Ahdieh, Renee.  The Wrath & The Dawn.  2015.  404 p.  G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $17.99 (9780399171611).  Gr. 9-up.

When Shahrzad’s best friend is murdered by the Caliph of Khorasan, like so many young women before her, Shahrzad takes matters into her own hands.  She volunteers to be the Caliph’s new bride and plots revenge.

Nomination: Infandous

Sepdownloadhora sees her life as a supporting foil to the more fabulous character in their shared story, her beautiful mother. Then a shocking discovery makes her feel “infandous”,  great shame and deep humiliation.  Using fairy tales as a metaphor for her own life, she has to find a way to forgive herself and move on to become the woman is deserves to be.

Nomination: Aerospace Engineer Aprille Ericsson

downloadWaxman, Laura Hamilton. Aerospace Engineer Aprille Ericsson. 2015. 32p. Lerner Publishing Group, $26.60 (978-1467757935). Gr.3-5.

Aerospace engineer Aprille Ericsson didn’t let being the only girl or African American in many of her math and science experiences stop her from achieving her dream of earning higher degrees or becoming an engineer at NASA. Ericsson uses her achievements to try to inspire other females and students of color to pursue their STEM dreams.
Feminist content:
Ericsson was often the only female and student of color during her math and science educational experiences. She was the first woman to receive a PhD in mechanical engineering at Howard University. Ericsson often felt alone in her experiences because of her gender and race, but she kept going and was inspired by other African-American females such as Sojourner Truth.  Today she works for NASA and uses her achievements to try to inspire and encourage girls, especially those of color, to pursue math and science.

Nomination: For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story

cover64413-mediumLangston-George, Rebecca. For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story. 2015. 42 p. Capstone Young Readers, $15.95 (9781623704261). Gr 4-up.
The story of Malala Yousafzai’s commitment to her own education and the education of other girls in the midst of Taliban rule is told in graphic novel format.

Feminist content: Malala is the poster girl for equal educational opportunities for girls worldwide because of her brave stance against the violent oppression of the Taliban.  This graphic novel explores her bravery and struggle to access education for herself and other girls, even as her own life was at stake.