2020 Rise: A Feminist Booklist for Young Readers

The annual feminist booklist is out from Rise, formerly known as the Amelia Bloomer Project.

Rise: A Feminist Book Project For Ages 0-18—formerly known as the Amelia Bloomer Project—has released its Top 10 list for 2020. The group, which is part of the Feminist Task Force (FTF) of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association, annually releases the best feminist books for young readers.

This year's choices are:


Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Chris Barton, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Rise! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou by Bethany Hegedus, illustrated by Tonya Engel

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali, illustrated by Hatem Aly

A Boy Like You by Frank Murphy illustrated by Kayla Harren

Forward Me Back to You by Mitali Perkins

Thirteen Doorways Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

At the Mountain's Base by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre

Surviving the City, Vol. 1 by Tasha Spillett and Natasha Donovan

Rise also offers a longer list of feminist fiction and nonfiction recommendations from early readers to YA.

The organization's name change was explained on the website: "This year, the committee was made aware that, though Amelia Bloomer had a platform as a publisher, she refused to speak against the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 (Simmons). SRRT and FTF believe librarians and libraries must work to correct social problems and inequities with particular attention to intersectionality, feminism, and deliberate anti-racism.

"As a result, the committee unanimously voted in favor of a name change. Rise: A Feminist Book Project for Ages 0-18, reflects the diversity and inclusion for which feminism as a whole — and this committee specifically—strives."

Read the full announcement of the inaugural Rise list below:

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Emily Schneider

Once again, SLJ has uncritically covered a supposedly inclusive list or project which erases the role of Jewish women. It is particularly disturbing that this practice extends to the feminist movement, in which Jewish women have historically played a major rule. According to this list, neither labor activism, civil rights, contemporary progressive movements, nor feminist titans on the Supreme Court, might be of interest in celebrating the role of Jewish women in advocating for change.

Posted : Feb 20, 2020 12:20

Donna Phillips

I did see one on the full list: Carlton, Susan Kaplan. In the Neighborhood of True. 2019. 314p. Workman/Algonquin, $17.95 (9781616208608). Gr. 8-up.
After moving to Atlanta in 1958, Ruth must choose between being Jewish or popular; she yearns to be a debutante, even as anti-Semitism complicates her embrace of Southern society.

Posted : Mar 02, 2020 06:35



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