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August 2016 BOOKLIST
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The Amelia Bloomer Project, sponsored by the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of ALA, announces its third annual list of recommended feminist books for young readers from birth through age 18, a bibliography that memorializes the legacy of feminist activist Amelia Bloomer. These 21 titles were published between July 2002 and December 2003. They showcase a diverse group of girls and women from many cultures and time periods and celebrate females as a vibrant, vital force in the world. The selection criteria include significant feminist content, excellence in writing, appealing format for nonfiction, and age appropriateness. Below is a sampling of the titles chosen. For the full list, further discussion, and more information about the project, visit the Amelia Bloomer Web site.
Allred, Alexandra Powe. ‘Atta Girl! A Celebration of Women in Sports. 2003. illus. Wish, $16.95 (1-930546-61-0).
Gr. 9-12. A history of women’s sports spotlighting those who fought and continue to fight for the right to train and compete. An inspiring, frustrating, and energizing title.
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving. Illus. by Matt Faulkner. 2003. Simon & Schuster, $16.95 (0-689-84787-4).
Gr. 1-5. Sarah Hale fought for the education of girls and women, opposed slavery, struggled for safe working conditions for all women, and spearheaded a 38-year letter-writing campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.
Atkins, Jeannine. Wings and Rockets: The Story of Women in Air and Space. Illus. by Dušan Petricic. 2003. Farrar, $17 (0-374-38450-9).
Gr. 4-8. These stories about the challenges faced by women in flight begin with Katherine Wright, who supported Wilbur and Orville.
Bitches, Bimbos, and Ballbreakers: The Guerrilla Girls’ Illustrated Guide to Female Stereotypes. 2003. illus. Penguin, paper, $20 (0-14-200101-5).
Gr. 10-12. In this upbeat introduction to feminism, the Guerilla Girls take on the stereotypes used to make women feel insecure, fearful, and powerless and offer examples of real women who changed their worlds.
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy. 2003. Delacorte, $15.95 (0-385-72961-8).
Gr. 5-9. War changes everything, including the life of a young French girl who fights for her country, her honor, and her freedom in this World War II tale based on a true story.
Butcher, Nancy. It Can’t Be Done, Nellie Bly! A Reporter’s Race around the World. Illus. by Jen L. Singh. 2003. Peachtree, $12.95 (1-56145-289-0).
Gr. 2-5. Told that women are lesser beings than men, reporter Elizabeth Jane Cochran travels around the world in 72 days in 1888-89 to beat the time set by Jules Verne’s fictional character Phineas Fogg.
Corey, Shana. Players in Pigtails. Illus. by Rebecca Gibbon. 2003. Scholastic, $16.95 (0-439-18305-7).
PreS-Gr. 3. Katie Casey “preferred sliding to sewing, batting to baking” and was one of the first recruits for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
Di Domenico, Kelly. Super Women in Science. 2003. illus. Second Story, paper, $7.95 (1-896764-66-5).
Gr. 5-9. From Hypatia and Mary Anning to Chien-Shiung Wu, Rosalind Franklin, and Mae Jemison, women scientists followed their passions, becoming pioneers across scientific disciplines.
Echlin, Kim. Inanna: from the Myths of Ancient Sumer. Illus. by Linda Wolfsgruber. 2003. Groundwood/Douglas & McIntyre, $19.95 (0-88899-496-6).
Gr. 7-12. From the 4,000-year-old stories of the powerful goddess Inanna come her adventures in love and war as she grows into maturity, gaining the power to both create and destroy.
Feldt, Gloria. Behind Every Choice Is a Story. 2003. 242p. Univ. of North Texas, $19.95 (1-57441-158-6).
Gr. 9-12. Teenagers, teachers, doctors, mothers, and other women and men discuss love, sex, pregnancy, and family. These vibrant voices talk about the necessity of reproductive rights and the value of defining lives by individual choices.
Fradin, Dennis Brindell and Fradin, Judith Bloom. Fight On! Mary Church Terrell’s Battle for Integration. 2003. illus. Clarion, $17 (0-618-13349-6).
Gr. 5-9. Born the daughter of slaves in 1863, Mary Church Terrell fought for civil rights and women’s rights, culminating in her participation in the 1950s battle to integrate restaurants and theaters.
Harness, Charyl. Rabble Rousers: 20 Women Who Made a Difference. 2003. Dutton, $17.99 (0-525-47035-2).
Gr. 4-8. Spurred by misery and unfairness, these fascinating, fiery women spoke out to rouse the people and change America.
Hopkinson, Deborah. Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings. Illus. by Terry Widener. 2003. Simon & Schuster, $16.95 (0-689-83300-8).
K-Gr. 3. Bold illustrations depict the saga of baseball pioneer pitcher Alta Weiss.
Ihimaera, Witi. The Whale Rider. 2003. Harcourt, $17 (0-15-205017-5).
Gr. 5-9. In the Maori tribe of New Zealand, descended from the legendary “whale rider,” it is the male that inherits the title of chief, but eight-year-old Kahu is determined to change this tradition despite her great-grandfather’s stubbornness.
Karr, Kathleen. Gilbert & Sullivan Set Me Free. 2003. Hyperion, $15.99 (0-7868-1916-2).
Gr. 6-9. When the new chaplain at Sherborn Women’s Prison starts a prison chorus, the life of young inmate Libby Dodge is changed forever.
McDonald, Megan. Judy Moody Saves the World! Illus. by Peter Reynolds. 2002. Candlewick, $15.99 (0-7646-1446-7).
Gr. 3-5. Judy’s pushy manner may irritate, but her determination to save the planet after learning about the destruction of the rain forest inspires her third-grade class.
Mora, Pat. A Library for Juana: The World of Sor Juana Ines. Illus. by Beatrice Vidal. 2002. Knopf, $15.95 (0-375-80643-8).
Gr. 2-5. Luminous illustrations highlight this picture-book biography of the seventeenth-century Mexican poet who, at the age of three, followed her sisters to school and continued learning for the rest of her life.
Nebenzahl, Donna. Womankind: Faces of Change around the World. Photos by Nance Ackerman. 2003. Feminist Press, $29.95 (1-55861-460-5).
Gr. 9-12. Superb photographs and lyrical writing document the inspiring work of 45 women activists in more than 30 countries and 5 continents and their efforts to achieve peaceful social change.
Peters, Julie Anne. Keeping You a Secret. 2003. Little, Brown/Megan Tingley, $16.95 (0-316-70275-7).
Gr. 8-12. Senior class president Holland Jaeger has her life on track, balancing classes, her boyfriend, and a new stepfather and stepsister-until she falls in love with Cece, an out-and-proud lesbian.
Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood. 2003. Pantheon, $17.95 (0-375-42230-7).
Gr. 9-12. Powerful black-and-white graphic-novel images tell Satrapi’s story of her life in Tehran from age 6 to 14 during the overthrow of the shah’s regime, the Islamic Revolution, and the war with Iraq.
Smith, Catherine and Greig, Cynthia. Women in Pants: Manly Maidens, Cowgirls, and Other Renegades. 2003. Abrams, $35 (0-8109-4571-1).
Gr. 9-12. Real women have always worn pants: vintage photographs from the 1850s to the 1920s, combined with a well-researched text, chart an important chapter in feminist history.
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