US group lists feminist books suitable for kids aged 0-18

// 13 February 2009

If you’re shopping for feminist-friendly books for the under-18 crowd, the 2009 Amelia Bloomer list looks like a good place to start.

The evaluated over 400 fiction and non-fiction books this year, selecting books suitable for all age groups. It’s broken down using the grade system in US schools, which can be a bit confusing, but it seems to start out with books aimed at the youngest age bracket and get older.

They say:

Exemplary books that celebrate the strengths of girls and women and nourish their potential are needed now more than ever. The Amelia Bloomer Project produces an annual list of books for young readers, birth through age 18, that contain significant feminist content. We need not just cardboard “feisty” or “spunky” female characters, but tales of girls and women who have broken barriers and fought to change their situations and their environment.

(Via Feministing)

Comments From You

Rozasharn // Posted 14 February 2009 at 5:19 am

Here is a handy guide to decoding U.S. school-grade references:

Pre-school means roughly ages 2 to 4.

Kindergarten means age 5.

For all the numbered grades, take the child’s age, subtract 5, and the result should be their grade level. (Yes, we really are grouped by age rather than skill level.) So six-year-olds are usually in first grade, seven-year-olds are in second grade, and so on.

Jess McCabe // Posted 14 February 2009 at 11:18 am

Thanks Rozasharn!

Cara // Posted 14 February 2009 at 2:37 pm

US grade is one lower than the equivalent UK school year, iirc.

i.e. 1st grade is year 2, 12th grade is year 13.

Cara // Posted 15 February 2009 at 6:55 pm

did you lose my comment?

I fail to see that it was offensive. I was just adding to Rozasharn’s information. I don’t think that is rude.

The f-word seems to lose a lot of my comments?

Jess McCabe // Posted 15 February 2009 at 7:08 pm

Some consideration, please Cara – I don’t actually sit here all day every day moderating comments. When you post a comment it clearly states there will be a delay before it is moderated.

Kez // Posted 16 February 2009 at 11:18 am

Very interesting, thank you. I’d like to read some of those myself!

Obviously very US-orientated, but that’s only to be expected.

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