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