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Each year the Amelia Bloomer Project, sponsored by the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of ALA, selects a list of recommended feminist books, fiction and nonfiction, for young readers from preschool through age 18. Titles published in 2006 are noted; all others were published in 2007. Titles without grade levels were published as adult books. 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.
Princess Pigsty. By Cornelia Funke. Illus. by Kerstin Meyer. Tr. by Chantal Wright. Scholastic/Chicken House, $16.99 (9780439885546). PreS–Gr. 2.
Princess Isabella prefers scrubbing pots and feeding pigs to the boring life of a pampered, protected princess.
Anne Hutchinson’s Way. By Jeannine Atkins. Illus. by Michael Dooling. Farrar, $17 (9780374303655). PreS–Gr. 3.
Susanna tells the story of her mother, Anne Hutchinson, a pioneer for religious freedom who ministered equally to men and women despite social and political opposition.
Hiromi’s Hands. By Lynne Barasch. Illus by the author. Lee & Low, $17.95 (9781584302759). K–Gr. 3.
Barasch tells the true-life story of Hiromi Suzuki, who followed her dream and defied tradition to become one of the first female sushi chefs in New York.
Patience Wright: America’s First Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy. By Pegi Deitz Shea. Illus. by Bethanne Andersen. Holt, $17.95 (9780805067705). Gr. 2–4.
While collecting clients for her wax-sculpting business in the American colonies and in Great Britain, Patience Wright served as one of the most effective spies in the American Revolution, helping to ensure the rebels’ success.
Rough, Tough Charley. By Verla Kay. Illus. by Adam Gustavson. Tricycle, $15.95 (9781582461847). PreS–Gr. 2.
Charley Parkhurst conceals her female identity to become a notable stagecoach driver and cast the first vote by a woman in 1868 Wyoming—one year before women there were officially permitted to vote.
Susan B. Anthony: Fighter for Freedom and Equality. By Suzanne Slade. Illus. by Craig Orback. Picture Window, $23.93 (9781404831049). Gr. 1–3.
Fighter for equal pay for women and equal opportunity, Susan B. Anthony moved the nation toward equality between men and women.
Yatandou. By Gloria Whelan. Illus. by Peter Sylvada. Sleeping Bear, $17.95 (1-5852-6211-0). Gr. K–2.
To help the women in her Mali village earn an income, eight-year-old Yatandou sells her beloved goat to help purchase a machine to grind grain.
The Case of the Left-Handed Lady. By Nancy Springer. Philomel/Sleuth, $12.99 (0-399-24517-6). Gr. 4–6.
Enola Holmes relies on her wits and a knack for disguises to continue the search for her mother; evade her brother, Sherlock; and locate a kidnapped heiress.
Rickshaw Girl. By Mitali Perkins. Illus. by Jamie Hogan. Charlesbridge, $13.95 (9781580893084). Gr. 4–7.
Naima yearns to help her father earn money, but Bangladeshi girls are dishonored if they work among men outside their families.
Uprising. By Margaret Peterson Haddix. Simon & Schuster, $16.99 (9781416911715). Gr. 5–8.
Stories of three girls of different ethnic, social, and educational backgrounds demonstrate solidarity among the workers during the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory strike and fire.
Civil War Doctor: The Story of Mary Walker. By Carl Joinson. Morgan Reynolds, $27.95 (1-59935-028-9). Gr. 6–9.
Treating both Union and Confederate soldiers, Mary Walker fought for professional equality after the U.S. government refused her pension request and revoked her Congressional Medal of Honor.
In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers. By Deborah Reber. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $12.99 (9781416925781). Gr. 6–9.
From activist to zoologist, Reber profiles the professions of 49 women: what it took for them to get where they are and how they advise women looking to break into the field.
Jeannette Rankin: Political Pioneer. By Gretchen Woelfle. Boyds Mill/Calkins Creek, $18.95 (9781590784372). Gr. 5–8.
Quotes, photos, and reproductions of primary documents chronicle the determination and courage of the first congresswoman in history, who was also a peace activist, a suffragist, and a crusader for social justice.
Jyotirmayee Mohapatra: Advocate for India’s Young Women. By Adam Woog. 2006. Gale/Kidhaven, $24.95 (0-7377-3611-9). Gr. 4–6.
A young woman from a rural village in India inspires people around the world when she creates a girl’s club that transforms not only the girls involved but also entire communities throughout India.
Marie Curie. By Kathleen Krull. Illus. by Boris Kulikov. Viking, $15.99 (9780670058945). Gr. 5–8.
This penetrating portrait of a two-time Nobel Prize winner tells the story of her remarkable contributions to science.
Silent in an Evil Time: The Brave War of Edith Cavell. By Jack Batten. Tundra, $16.95 (9780887767371). Gr. 5–8.
World War I produced many unlikely martyrs; one of them was Edith Cavell, a British citizen, nurse, hospital matron, and wartime Resistance fighter who saved thousands of soldiers.
Victoria Woodhull: Fearless Feminist. By Kate Havelin. Lerner/Twenty-First Century, $30 (9780822559863).Gr. 3–6.
The first woman to run for president of the U.S., Victoria Woodhull was a controversial figure—lecturer, con artist, Wall Street broker—who continually redefined the societal boundaries limiting what a woman could be.
War, Women, and the News: How Female Journalists Won the Battle to Cover World War II. By Catherine Gourley. Atheneum, $21.99 (9780689877520). Gr. 6–9.
This moving historical account makes vivid use of period photographs and news clippings to highlight the life stories of courageous female journalists during World War II.
Anahita’s Woven Riddle. By Meghan Nuttal Sayres. Abrams/Amulet, $16.95 (9780810954816). Gr. 7–12.
In defiance of tradition, Anahita is determined to choose her future husband using a riddle in a rug.
The Cliff House Strangler. By Shirley Tallman. St. Martin’s/Minotaur, $24.95 (0-312-35756-7).
In nineteenth-century San Francisco, attorney Sarah Woolson fights opposition from family and society as she struggles to build her law practice and solve a series of violent murders.
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature. By Robin Brande. Knopf, $15.99 (9780375843495). Gr. 8–12.
Ostracized by her former church, friends, and parents because of her actions, 14 year-old Mena makes a stand for herself and what she believes in.
Fearless. By Tim Lott. Candlewick, $15.99 (9780763636371). Gr. 7–10.
One small, rather dirty girl changes her society when she escapes from the City Community Faith School to tell the truth about the lies and torture meted out to the “mindcrips” and “juvies.”
A Nameless Witch. By A. Lee Martinez. Tor, $24.95 (9780765318688).
Born undead and cursed with flawless beauty, the witch in Martinez’s compelling fantasy finds herself in a race to save the world with the unlikely allies of a demonic duck, a troll, and a potential lover (or dinner)—one of the legendary white knights.
The Plain Janes. By Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg. DC Comics/Minx, $9.99 (9781401211158). Gr. 7–12.
When Jane and her parents relocate to suburbia from Metro City after a terrorist attack, she forms a female guerrilla force to bring art to the area, stirring controversy over how far people need to go in order to be safe.
The Dinner Party: From Creation to Preservation. By Judy Chicago. Illus. by Donald Woodman. Merrell, $49.95 (9781858943701).
Chicago describes the inspiration and history behind her groundbreaking art, The Dinner Party, which celebrates the significant contributions of women from prehistory through the women’s revolution.
Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters. By Jessica Valenti. Seal, $15.95 (9781580052016). Gr. 10–12.
With a mix of historical context and current information, Valenti empowers young women to identify as feminists, to fight injustice, and to redefine our world.
Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents. By Nicholas Ganz. Abrams, $29.95 (0-8109-5747-7).
More than 1,000 images from prominent female graffiti and street artists show women challenging stereotypes and succeeding in the male-dominated field of tagging.
Infidel. By Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Free Press, $26 (9780743289684).
Chronicling her life from a strict Islamic fundamentalist childhood through active participation in a “non-believing” American society, Hirsi Ali describes how she endured civil wars and genital mutilation while continuing to work toward saving women in Somalia.
Insecure at Last: Losing It in Our Security-Obsessed World. By Eve Ensler. 2006. Villard, $21.95 (1-4000-6334-5).
Drawing on her personal experiences, Ensler’s vignettes about women in crisis around the world—from prisoners in the U.S. to the burka-clad in Afghanistan—show how society’s obsession with safety and security is destroying people’s sense of humanity.
Rachel Carson. By Ellen Levine. Viking, $15.99 (9780670062201). Gr. 7–10.
Despite overt sexism and overwhelming family responsibilities, Carson became a writer and brought the then-esoteric science of biology to the attention of the American public, launching the environmental movement.
Taking on the Big Boys; or, Why Feminism Is Good for Families, Business, and the Nation. By Ellen Bravo. Feminist, paper, $15.95 (9781558615458).
This blend of both research and personal experiences examines inequality for women in the workplace and shows how to combat these sexist inequalities.
Women Who Write. By Stefan Bollmann. Merrell, $24.95 (9781858943754).
Bollmann pairs stunning photographs with glimpses into the lives and work of pioneering women writers who have struggled to bring about gender equality in society.
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