There were a lot of amazing books recognized last month at the Youth Media Awards during the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Atlanta (poor Falcons). Picture an Academy Awards celebration for books and librarians! Some of the most prestigious literary awards for children and teens are announced during this event to great applause, shouts of appreciation and, sometimes, shocked gasps, like the Newbery, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Awards. Besides these big names there are some superb booklists and resources that are also announced at this time.
For the second year in a row I served on one of these lesser-known (but still fierce!) booklists, the Amelia Bloomer Project. The Amelia Bloomer Project recognizes the best books with significant feminist content for young readers birth – age 18.
Here are some of my favorites from this year’s list:
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy
Supreme 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.
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley
A picture book biography of Ada Lovelace, the pioneering computer programmer and the daughter of the poet Lord Byron.
Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill
Join Sadie and Amira, two very different princesses with very different strengths, on their journey to figure out what happily ever after really means and how they can find it with each other. They’ll need to join forces and use all the know-how, kindness, and bravery they have in order to defeat a jealous sorceress with a dire grudge against Sadie. Presented in comic book format.
Traces the story of dancer-turned-magician’s assistant Adelaide Herrmann, placing her achievements against a backdrop of period conventions about women in the arts and her determination to continue her work after the death of her husband.
Schatz and Stahl follow up Rad American Women A-Z with 40 trailblazing women from 30 different countries, from ancient Mesopotamia to the modern age.
Check out the full 2017 Amelia Bloomer Project for more great books!
Caitie is the Lead Librarian Supervisor of Children’s and Teen Services at CLP-Allegheny. She loves graphic memoirs, making tiny hats for her cat, hiking and cooking Indian food.
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