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February 15, 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 fifth annual list of recommended feminist books for young readers from preschool through age 18. Published between July 2004 and December 2005, these books were chosen from hundreds examined by members of the committee. 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.
Baumgardner, Jennifer and Richards, Amy. Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism. 2005. Farrar, $14 (0-374-52865-9).
Gr. 6–10. The environment, human-rights violations, the WTO, sweatshop labor, and the war in Iraq are all issues that young women can impact. The authors explain how to set realistic goals and do follow-up.
Blumenthal, Karen. Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, the Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America. 2005. illus. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, $17.95 (0-689-85957-0).
Gr. 7–10. Using archival photographs and cartoons, this traces the history of the landmark Title IX legislation, placing it squarely within the context of the women’s rights movement.
Chin-Lee, Cynthia. Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World. Illus. by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy. 2005. Charlesbridge, $15.95 (1-57091-522-9).
PreS–Gr. 3. The amazing things that women can accomplish are shown through the lives of these subjects. Each two-page spread features a brief vignette, a quotation, and a collage that chronicles the special events in each woman’s life.
Fleming, Candace. Our Eleanor: A Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt’s Remarkable Life. 2005. illus. Simon & Schuster/Anne Schwartz, $19.95 (0-689-86544-9).
Gr. 6–9. Photographs and text mix in single-page collages demystify Roosevelt’s personal and political life, giving readers a glimpse of a most remarkable woman.
Guernsey, JoAnn Bren. Hillary Rodham Clinton. 2005. Lerner, $27.93 (0-8225-2372-8).
Gr. 4–7. Clinton is the first First Lady to be elected to a national political office, and this biography shows how she has used her positions to fight for the interests of children and poor families.
Sills, Leslie. From Rags to Riches: A History of Girls’ Clothing in America. 2005. illus. Holiday, $16.95 (0-8234-1708-5).
Gr. 4–7. A marvelous collection of paintings and photographs shows the trends that have driven girls’ fashion in America as the clothing changed from restrictive to comfortable and diverse.
van der Gaag, Nikki. The No-Nonsense Guide to Women’s Rights. 2004. New Internationalist/Versa, $10 (1-84467-502-5).
Gr. 9–12. The erosion of women’s gains in equal rights during the past decade is at the center of this wide-ranging book that touches upon poverty, violence, globalism, the environment, and politics.
White, Linda Arms. I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote. Illus. by Nancy Carpenter. 2005. Farrar/Melanie Kroupa, $16 (0-374-33527-3).
Gr. 2–4. White offers a picture biography of Esther Morris, who was instrumental in making Wyoming the first state to allow women to vote—and then became the first woman to hold public office in the U.S.
Beard, Darleen Bailey. Operation Clean Sweep. 2004. Farrar, $16 (0-374-38034-1).
Gr. 4–7. In 1916, just four years after getting the right to vote, the women of Umatilla, Oregon, banded together to throw the mayor and other city officials out of office and replace them with women.
Bower, Tamara. How the Amazon Queen Fought the Prince of Egypt. 2005. illus. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, $16.95 (0-689-84434-4).
Gr. 4–7. With pictures inspired by Egyptian and Assyrian art, this strikingly illustrated book tells the story of the Amazon queen from the Land of Women who fights an Egyptian prince until they make an alliance that establishes them as equals.
Cirrone, Dorian. Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You. 2005. HarperCollins, $16.99 (0-06-055702-8).
Gr. 7–10. Kayla’s large breasts drive the 16-year-old ballet dancer to confront sexism, conformity, and censorship.
Fitzgerald, Dawn. Getting in the Game. 2005. Roaring Brook, $15.95 (1-59643-044-3).
Gr. 4–7. The only ice-hockey game in town is for boys, but seventh-grader Joanna Giordiano fights for a place on the team, despite opposition on and off the ice.
Hill, Susanna Leonard. Punxsutawney Phyllis. Illus. by Jeffrey Ebbeler. 2005. Holiday, $16.95 (0-8234-1872-3).
K–Gr. 3. Phyllis the groundhog hopes to become the first official female weather predictor when Punxsutawney Phil retires.
Karr, Kathleen. Mama Went to Jail for the Vote. Illus. by Malene Laugeson. 2005. Hyperion, $15.99 (0-7868-0593-5).
K–Gr. 3. Mama pickets for woman suffrage at the White House and gets thrown in prison. Her daughter, Susan Elizabeth, tells President Wilson that women would be more help in the voting booth than in jail.
Newman, Leslea. A Fire Engine for Ruthie. Illus. by Cyd Moore. 2004. Clarion, $16 (0-618-15989-4).
PreS–Gr. 2. Ruthie wants to play with fire engines and motorcycles like her grandmother’s neighbor, Brian, while Grandmother wants to share her love of dolls and dress-up clothes.
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