Welcome to Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18 blog!  We create an annual booklist of the best feminist books for young readers, ages birth through 18.  We are part of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association.

2019-2020 Committee Members: Kelsey Keyes (co-chair), Boise State University (ID); Melissa Nemitz (co-chair), West Windsor Public Library (NJ); Natasha Forrester Campbell, Multnomah County Library (OR); Silvia Lin Hanick, LaGuardia Community College (NY); Leila Roy, Lyman Community Library (ME); Ally Watkins, Mississippi Library Commission (MS). Sara Saxton, Wasilla Public Library (AK), Tiffeni Fontno, Boston College (MA), Ariana Hussain, Alternate: Jean-Louise Zancanella, College of Western Idaho (ID).

Press Release regarding the committee’s name change: 

The Amelia Bloomer Project will now be known as Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18.

The project has been promoting quality feminist literature for young readers since 2002 as a part of the Feminist Task Force and the Social Responsibilities Round Table.

This year, the committee was made aware that, though Amelia Bloomer had a platform as a publisher, she refused to speak against the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 (Simmons). SRRT and FTF believe librarians and libraries must work to correct social problems and inequities with particular attention to intersectionality, feminism, and deliberate anti-racism.

As a result, the committee unanimously voted in favor of a name change. Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18, reflects the diversity and inclusion for which feminism as a whole — and this committee specifically — strives.

Simmons, L. (2016, September 23). Petition of Amelia Bloomer regarding suffrage in the West. National Archives. Retrieved from https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/bloomer

19 thoughts on “About

  1. Natasha Lelise Merritt July 25, 2011 / 4:13 pm

    Is there a way to search by age group? I know that each list is divided up – but rather than cutting and pasting from each year’s list for all of the books recommended in the specific age group – is there a way to just search by age for all suggestions, no matter the year?

  2. betholshewsky July 25, 2011 / 6:47 pm

    Not at this time, but we would love to make that a possibility in the future. At this time, I’m afraid we’re still in cut and paste mode rather than a searchable database. Great idea, sorry it’s not a reality for you now. Thanks for your understanding, Beth (co-chair Amelia Bloomer Project, 2010-2012)

  3. Eugene Shih November 13, 2011 / 7:54 pm

    How can I support your group’s work? I am increasingly troubled by the content of books targeted to girl readers. Books with plot lines that talk about relationships with boys perturb me. Please continue doing this work to help me select better books for my daughter that steer her away from worrying solely about how she looks to worrying about developing her mind and her self-confidence. Please also publish any book lists that don’t make it to the final list. My daughter is a voracious reader and I need to keep her reading good, feminist material!

  4. bomogbjerke February 21, 2012 / 8:34 am

    Hi I’m writing from a Danish feminist radio show – we’re interested in featuring the Amelia Bloomer Project on our show tmrw…is there a way to get in contact with a spokesperson from your blog? best regards Mette

  5. jslaw February 21, 2012 / 6:33 pm

    Hello Mette!

    You can reach us at ameliabloomerlist at gmail dot com . Not sure when this post was written but the opportunity sounds really interesting.


  6. Siri Bardarson March 24, 2012 / 12:21 pm

    Congrats to writing buddy Carole Estby Dagg for the 2012 Bloomer List in fiction, The Year We Were Famous! Yeah!!!!

  7. Kristen April 1, 2013 / 4:38 pm

    Where are the books designated for toddler, preschool, and school aged children? Thanks so much.

  8. joyworland April 6, 2013 / 6:31 am

    The books are divided by age group on the list.

  9. cslevin59 February 25, 2014 / 8:57 am

    Has anyone produced a bookmark and/or display poster featuring these books?..I would LOVE to publicize them during Women’s History Month….
    We have posters produced by Permabound for Caldecott, Newbery, and Coretta Scott King, and one from Bound-to-Stay Bound for the annual Caldecott, Newbery and Siebert winners & honors, but nothing for this important award! Is there one I don’t know about or, if not, has the committee ever explored this with publishers?

  10. joyworland February 26, 2014 / 3:28 pm

    We are a list of recommended books rather than an award, so we don’t have anything produced by publishers. Some librarians improvise their own labels or bookmarks. Thanks for your interest.

  11. rgarcia406 October 1, 2014 / 9:39 am

    Hello, I submitted a nomination through your Google form at the end of last week. I was wondering where I might get in contact with members of your committee.


  12. Monica Norton January 26, 2016 / 10:59 am

    Would it be possible, in listing the books, to underline the titles or to differentiate them in some other way? I’m getting ready to print the brochures for my library and I can foresee a lot of confusion when when patrons skim a list and their eyes are solely drawn to the author/editor.

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