2018 Amelia Bloomer List

it is time to remember

time to summon our voices from the belly of the earth

time to feel, cry, rage, heal, and to truly live life instead

–Helen Knott (Dane Zaa/Cree), from “The Things We Taught Our Daughters” in #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

We, too

Girls and women are asserting their truth around the world as they write their own stories, make their voices heard, and demand change. We, too, learn, create, remember and share, support, and believe as we curate our booklist of notable feminist literature for people from birth to age eighteen that reflects the myriad truths of people worldwide.

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Applications for the 2019 Amelia Bloomer Project committee are open!

Applications for the 2019 Amelia Bloomer Project committee (which begins its term of service on March 1, 2018) are now open!

See “Apply to join the Amelia Bloomer Project committee!” for more details and this year’s application, which is due by February 22, 2018.

2018 Amelia Bloomer Top Ten

The 2018 Amelia Bloomer Project committee selected the following titles, listed in alphabetical order by title, as our Top Ten. The complete list of titles will be available at http://www.ala.org/rt/srrt/feminist-task-force and https://ameliabloomer.wordpress.com/.


Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar (Lee & Low/Tu Books).

Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time by Tanya Lee Stone (Random House/Wendy Lamb).

Hand Over Hand by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Renné Benoit (Second Story).

Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai, illustrated by Kerascoet (Little, Brown BFYR).

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate (Abrams/Amulet).

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale (Annick).

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg (Little, Brown).

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson (Bloomsbury).

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali (S&S/Salaam Reads).

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating, illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky).


The Amelia Bloomer List is a project of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association.

Members of the 2018 Amelia Bloomer Project committee are Katelyn Browne (co-chair), University of Northern Iowa (IA); Lizz Zitron (co-chair), Pacific Lutheran University (WA); Kelly Dickinson, National Cathedral School (DC); Emily Fear, Sewickley Public Library (PA); Natasha Forrester Campbell, Multnomah County Library (OR); Kelsey Keyes, Boise State University (ID); Caitie Morphew, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (PA); Melissa Nemitz, West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library System (NJ); Leila Roy, Lyman Community Library (ME). Alternate: Ally Watkins, Mississippi Library Commission (MS).

Visit the Amelia Bloomer committee at ALAMW18!

Lizz Zitron and Katelyn Browne, chairs, along with the entire Amelia Bloomer Project committee, invite ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees to visit our discussions in the Mt. Wilson room at the Grand Hyatt.

We have the following scheduled meetings:

  • Friday (1/8): 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Saturday (1/9): 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM
  • Sunday (1/10): 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM
  • Monday (1/11): 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM (In practice, our Monday morning meeting will not begin until after the Youth Media Awards, and we may conclude early if our work is finished.)

Our Friday meeting begins with committee business; book discussion will begin later that afternoon and continue through the weekend.

Applications for the 2019 Amelia Bloomer Project committee will open shortly after Midwinter. Information will be posted on this blog; interested persons can also e-mail the chairs (amelia bloomer project at gmail dot com) to request an application as they become available.

To create our 2018 list, we will be discussing 86 nominated titles. The list of titles for discussion is embedded below, or you can access it directly as a Google Doc.

Nomination: The Pants Project


pants projectClarke, Cat. The Pants Project. 2017. 272 pages. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $16.99 (9781492638094). Gr. 4- 9.

When Liv starts at a new school with a strict uniform policy, he is forced to confront two things: one, that the policy states that girls must wear skirts and two, that he is a boy – but only he knows.