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Amelia Bloomer Project 2011 Top 10 List
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Ali, Nujood. I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced. 2010. 192p. Three Rivers, $12.00 (978-0-307-58967-5). Gr.4-8.
In 2008, 10-year-old Nujood Ali became the first child bride from Yemen to secure a divorce from her much older husband, freeing her from a forced marriage of rape and abuse.
Annino, Jan Godown. She Sang Promise: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader. Illus. by Lisa Desimini. 2010. Unpaged. National Geographic Children’s Books, $17.95 (978-1-4263-0592-4). K-Gr.6.
Betty Mae Jumper became the first woman to be elected tribal leader for the Seminoles. She was a storyteller, a nurse, an alligator wrestler, and helped to start a newspaper.
Brown, Tami Lewis. Soar, Elinor!. Illus. by François Roca. 2010. Unpaged. Farrar Straus Giroux, $16.99 (978-0-374-37115-9). K-Gr.3.
When others say girls can’t fly, Elinor’s courageous spirit leads her to defy her critics, completing a dare that shows the world what a girl can do.
Cossi, Olga. Pemba Sherpa. Illus. by Gary Bernard. 2009. Unpaged. Odyssey Books, $15.95 (978-0-9768655-8-2). PreS-Gr.3.
An early story of a woman who proved that girls–even little girls–could have the courage and heart to become Sherpa guides.
Crysdale, Joy. Fearless Female Journalists. 2010. 118p. Second Story Press, $10.95 (978-1-897187-71-5). Gr.5-up.
These ten women changed the world and encourage everyone to be truly courageous, to speak truth and create change.
Engle, Margarita. The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette’s Journey to Cuba. 2010. 160p. Henry Holt & Co., $16.99 (978-0-8050-9082-6). Gr.5-up. Three women of diverse backgrounds and perspectives help free one another from the constraints of society.
George-Warren, Holly. The Cowgirl Way: Hats Off To America’s Women Of The West. 2010. 128p. Houghton Mifflin, $18.00 (978-0-618-73738-3). Gr.4-up.
A history of the hard-working, risk-taking American cowgirl, from the earliest Western ranches, to the rodeos of today.
Marck, Bernard. Women Aviators: From Amelia Earhart to Sally Ride, Making History in Air and Space. 2009. 240p. Flammarion, $45.00 (978-2080-3010-86). Gr.7-up.
Visually stunning overview of international aviation pioneers, women who broke gender barriers.
Martin, Courtney E. and J. Courtney Sullivan, eds. Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. 2010. 237p. Seal Press, $16.95 (978-1-5800-5285-6). Gr.8-up.
An engaging collection of essays surrounding the pivotal moment each contributor claimed the label of feminist for themselves.
Rosenstock, Barbara. Fearless: the true story of racing legend Louise Smith. Illus. by Scott Dawson. 2010. Unpaged. Dutton, $16.99 (978-0525421734). K-Gr.3.
Louise Smith discovered her “need for speed” at a time when most girls didn’t even drive; she went on to become a NASCAR racing legend.