The Amelia Bloomer List of Recommended Feminist Literature

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AMELIA BLOOMER PROJECT TOP TEN

Born in 1818 in Homer, NY, just one town over from where I was born and have been raised, Amelia Bloomer was an American women’s rights and temperance advocate.  The appropriately named Amelia Bloomer Project creates an annual booklist of feminist books for young readers, ages birth through 18.  Here are some highlighted titles from the 2017 list…

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Ada Lovelace Poet of Science by Diane Stanley Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer
By: Diane StanleyA hundred years before the dawn of the digital age, Ada Lovelace envisioned the computer-driven world we know today. And in demonstrating how the machine would be coded, she wrote the first computer program. She would go down in history as Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer.  Ages 4-8
Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine by Ibtisam Barakat Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine
By: Ibtisam BarakatFollows Ibtisam Barakat through her childhood and adolescence in Palestine from 1972-1981 and chronicles her desire to be a writer. Ibtisam finds inspiration through writing letters to pen pals and from an adult who encourages her to keep at it, but the most surprising turn of all for Ibtisam happens when her mother decides that she would like to seek out an education, too.  Ages 12 and up
Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and the Fight For Rights by Dean Robbins Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and the Fight For Rights
By: Dean RobbinsThis story imagines what it was like when Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass got together for a cup of tea and discussed their struggle for civil rights.  Ages 4-8
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina Burn Baby Burn
By: Meg MedinaNora Lopez is seventeen during the summer of 1977, when New York is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam. Meg Medina transports us to a time when tempers and temperatures ran high to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit.  Ages 14 and up
Exit, Pursued By a Bear By E.K. Johnston Exit, Pursued By A Bear
By: E.K. JohnstonAt cheerleading camp, Hermione is drugged and raped, but she is not sure whether it was one of her teammates or a boy on another team–and in the aftermath she has to deal with the rumors in her small Ontario town, the often awkward reaction of her classmates, the rejection of her boyfriend, the discovery that her best friend, Polly, is gay, and above all the need to remember what happened so that the guilty boy can be brought to justice.  Ages 14 and up
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark By Debbie Levy I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
By: Debbie LevySupreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements.  Ages 4-8
The Lie Tree By Frances Hardinge The Lie Tree
By: Frances HardingeOn an island off the south coast of Victorian England, fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth.  Ages 12 and up
How Kate Warne Saved President Lincoln: A Story About the Nation's First Woman Detective by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk How Kate Warne Saved President Lincoln: A Story of the Nation’s First Woman Detective
By: Elizabeth Van Steenwyk
In 1856, when Kate Warne went to see Allan Pinkertown, only men were detectives but Kate convinced Pinkertown to hire her explaining that she could worm out secrets where men could not go — in disguise as a society lady.  Kate’s most important mission was to thwart a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on the way to his inauguration.  Ages 5-8
The Kid From Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton The Kid From Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton
By: Audrey VernickA historical picture book about Edith Houghton, a female baseball phenomenon who joined the professional women’s team the Bobbies at the age of 10. Ages 4-7
Doing Her Bit: A Story About the Woman's Land Army of America by Erin Hagar Doing Her Bit: A Story About the Woman’s Land Army of America
By: Erin HagarHelen wants to contribute to the war effort after the United States goes to war in 1917–so she joins the Women’s Land Army of America, an organization that trains women to do farm work, replacing the workers drafted into the army. Ages 6-9

 

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