The 2020 Rise: A Feminist Book Project committee selected the following titles, listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name, as our Top Ten. The complete list of titles will be available later this week.
Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
What Do You Do With a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Chris Barton, Illustrated by Ekua Holmes
Rise!From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou by Bethany Hegedus, Illustrated by Tonya Engel
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mjia
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali, Illustrated by Hatem Aly
A Boy Like You by Frank Murphy, Illustrated by Kayla Harren
Forward Me Back to You by Mitali Perkins
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
At the Mountain’s Base by Traci Sorell, Illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre
Surviving the City, Vol. 1 by Tasha Spillett and Natasha Donovan
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.
Keenan, Elizabeth. Rebel Girls. 2019. 384p. Inkyard Press, $18.99 (9781335185006). Gr. 9-up. In 1992 Baton Rouge a rumor is spreading at Athena and Helen’s Catholic school: that pro-life Helen, had an abortion, which causes her feminist riot grrrl sister, Athena, to rise to her defense.