This week’s HWA goes to the great work of the American Library Association’s Feminist Task Force. Every year, they receive hundreds of nominations for the Amelia Bloomer Project, a list of the best feminist books for young readers, ages birth through 18. The list is subdivided by age group and fiction / non-fiction. This important work identifies books that emphasize strong girls and women and the contributions they make to improving our society and themselves. The 2011 selections were just announced this week, introduced by this wonderful historical quote from Amelia Earhart:
One of my favorite phobias is that girls, especially those whose tastes aren’t routine, often don’t get a fair break… It has come down through the generations, an inheritance of age-old customs which produced the corollary that women are bred to timidity.
From the amazing list of honorees, the Task Force also selects a Top Ten each year. Here are the 2011 winners:
- Addie on the Inside by James Howe (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
- Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map by Sue Macy, illus. by Matt Collins (Holiday House)
- Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (Scholastic)
- Deadly by Julie Chibbaro (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
- The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (Harper Collins)
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg: U. S. Supreme Court Justice by Paul McCaffrey (Chelsea House)
- Tillie the Terrible Swede: How One Woman, a Sewing Needle, and a Bicycle Changed History by Sue Stauffacher, illus. by Sarah McMenemy (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue by Kathryn J. Atwood (Chicago Review Press)
- Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy (National Geographic)
- When She Woke by Hillary Jordan (Algonquin Books)
Congratulations to all the selected books and a big thank you to the Task Force and for their hard work in identifying books for all young readers that show the power of girls and women.