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: Great Women of the Civil War


Kolpin, Molly. Great Women of the Civil War. 2015. 32p. Capstone, $26.64 (978-1-4914-0719-6). Gr. 3-6.

During the Civil War, women found courageous and important ways to support the nation.  The author introduces the stories of these women, both the famous and those whose names have been lost to history but whose work helped shape the nation.

Nomination: Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music

Engle, Margarita. Drum Dream Girl. Illus. by Rafael Lopez. 2015. 48p. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99 (978-0-544-10229-3). PreS- Grade 2.

A young girl living on an island filled with music constantly practices and dreams of playing the drums. Yet, she is told that only boys should be allowed to play the drums. Despite what her community and parents say, she still follows her passion and embraces music wherever she goes. When a music teacher discovers her talent, she learns and plays until she finally performs for others; and because of her performance, her community decides that everyone should be allowed to dream and that girls should be allowed to play the drums too.

Nomination: All The Rage

all the rageSummers, Courtney. All The Rage. 2015. 336 p. St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan, $18.99 (978-1-2500-2191-5). Gr. 10 and up.

Entering her senior year in Grebe, Romy Grey has no illusions about the mythical beauty of life in small town America.  Since she accused the sheriff’s son of rape, Romy has been ostracized and bullied by the community. Her only escape is her waitressing job one town over–a place where no one knows her past.  But then her former friend goes missing after a party and Romy must decide if she’s willing to raise her voice against the cultural tides of silence and shame.

Nomination: In Mary’s Garden

61d1DPUw57LKugler, Tina and Carson. In Mary’s Garden. 2015. 32p. Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, $16.99 (978-0544272200). Gr. Pre-K-2.
Mary loves to create things.  As a young girl, she explores building and woodworking.  As she grows up, she discovers art.  What starts as a small project, becomes a nationally renowned body of work all in her beloved Wisconsin garden.