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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
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Each year the Amelia Bloomer Project, sponsored by the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of ALA, selects a list of recommended feminist books, fiction and nonfiction, for young readers from preschool through age 18. The titles below, published between September 2014 and December 2015, make up the top 10 picks from the full list, which is available at http://ameliabloomer.wordpress.com. Titles published in 2014 are noted; all others were published in 2015.
African American Women: Photographs from the National Museum of African American History and Culture. illus. GILES, $16.95 (9781907804489).
Photographs from the nineteenth century to the present depict the diverse experiences of African American women and their ongoing importance in American history.
The Born Frees: Writing with the Girls of Gugulethu. By Kimberly Burge. Norton, $26.95 (9780393239164).
In the South African township of Gugulethu, young women from the first generation born postapartheid explore the challenges that they and their community face, including sexism, classism, sexual abuse, HIV/AIDS, and poverty.
The Boston Girl. By Anita Diamant. 2014. Scribner, $26 (9781439199350).
Unwilling to accept the rigid restrictions of her youth at the beginning of the twentieth century, Addie Baum fought to be true to herself. Mentors and friends sustain her as she grows to be an independent, educated woman.
Devoted. By Jennifer Mathieu. Roaring Brook, $16.99 (9781596439115).
Raised with a strict fundamentalist adherence to the Bible, Rachel Walker has been taught that women can only become a loving helpmate to a husband. When a former member of her church moves back to town, Rachel begins to see other possibilities.
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music. By Margarita Engle. Illus. by Rafael López. HMH, $16.99 (9780544102293).
On an island filled with music, a young girl longs to play the drums. She challenges gender norms to follow her passion, and her “dream-bright music” persuades her community that everyone should be allowed to dream. A 2016 Notable Children’s Book and the 2016 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. By Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik. illus. HarperCollins/Dey Street, $19.99 (9780062415837).
Why has Ruth Bader Ginsburg become the subject of memes, art, and feminist baby Halloween costumes? Carmon and Knizhnik explore the justice’s history of legally justifying the equality of women and all marginalized people.
Sally Ride: A Photobiography of America’s Pioneering Woman in Space. By Tam O’Shaughnessy. illus. Roaring Brook, $19.99 (9781596439948).
After spending years as an academic underachiever with a passion for tennis, Sally Ride discovered her love of physics and became the first American woman to travel to space.
Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. By Karen Deans. Illus. by Joe Cepeda. Holiday, $16.95 (9780823419708).
From their early days in Mississippi to their travels around the world, the Sweethearts made people dance—and question their assumptions about race and gender.
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer; Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement. By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illus. by Ekua Holmes. Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763665319).
Fannie Lou Hamer played an integral part in the civil rights movement by raising her voice and fighting for freedom. A 2016 Notable Children’s Book, a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book, the 2016 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award winner, and a 2016 Sibert Honor Book.
We Should All Be Feminists. By Chimamanda Gnozi Adichie. Random House/Anchor, $7.95 (9781101911761).
Adichie’s personal essay explains why she chose to be true to herself and work toward societal change in gender attitudes.
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