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: Dolley Madison

Krull, Kathleen. Women Who Broke the Rules: Dolley Madison. 2015. 48p. Bloomsbury, $16.99 (978-080273793-9). Gr. 4-6.

Dolley Madison became one of the nation’s most powerful and compelling  First Ladies due to her wit, intelligence, and social pizazz. In a time when women were seen as unable to understand, let alone influence, politics, Dolley was a strong force in the shaping of our nation.

Nomination: Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

Snyder, Laurel. Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova. 2015. 52 p. Chronicle Books, $17.99. Gr. K-4.

Anna dreams of becoming a ballerina, an unlikely goal for girl born into poverty in Tsarist Russia.  Through determination and years of work, she becomes one of the most famous dancers of all time.  However, remembering her early years of struggle, Anna is determined to bring dance to all people, regardless of class or status.

Nomination: Dumplin’

Murphy, Julie. Dumplin’. 2015. 375p. Balzer and Bray, $17.99 (978-0062327185). Gr.9+.

Willowdean, who proclaims herself “the resident fat girl’,  has always been self-assured, even in a town obsessed with beauty.  But Willowdean finds that her self-esteem starts to diminish following her aunt’s death, building tensions in her relationships with her mom and best friend, and a secret affair with her crush, Private School Bo.  Attempting to bring back her old feelings of confidence and strength, she enters the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Beauty Pageant to show that everyone deserves to shine.

Nomination: Notorious RBG

Notorious RBG

Carmon, Irin, and Shana Knizhnik. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 2015. 227p. HarperCollins/Dey Street Books, $19.99 (978-0-0624-1583-7). Gr. 9-up.

Why has Ruth Bader Ginsburg become the subject of memes, art, and feminist baby Hallowe’en costumes? Carmon and Knizhnik explore the justice’s history of legally justifying the equality of women and all marginalized people.

Nomination: Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

61565z9a6VL__SX411_BO1,204,203,200_Wallmark, Laurie. April Chu, Illus. Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine. 2015. 40 p. Creston Books, $17.99 (978-1939547200). K-3.

The story of how Ada Byron Lovelace became the pioneer of computer science before there were even computers. By doing what girls weren’t supposed to do, Ada mastered complex mathematics and science to help Charles Babbage bring his calculating machine to life.This books makes clear that Ada Lovelace, now considered the mother of computer science, broke new ground by breaking societal rules when she took interest in mathematics. Ada had to fight to be taken seriously as a mathematician, but her determination put her in the forefront of mathematical and engineering research.