Our Friends' Favorites: Geena Davis on Books with Great Female Characters

The Academy Award winner spotlights a series in which boys and girls solve mysteries together. By Common Sense Media Editors
Our Friends' Favorites: Geena Davis on Books with Great Female Characters

Earlier this summer, we asked Chelsea Clinton and Jennifer Siebel Newsom to share their thoughts on inspiring books that feature positive, realistic female characters. For our third post in the Our Friends' Favorites series, we turned to Academy Award-winning actor and activist Geena Davis (Thelma and Louise, A League of Their Own, Stuart Little).

Geena is the founder of the nonprofit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and its programming arm, See Jane, which encourages film and TV creators to dramatically increase the percentage of female characters -- and reduce gender stereotyping -- in media made for children 11 and under.

Here's what she has to say about the four-volume The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart:

The books in The Mysterious Benedict Society series have given my kids and me many, many hours of terrific entertainment. I've read them all aloud to my three children -- using different voices for each of the characters, of course!

Not only are the stories intricate and fascinating, but the female characters are extremely unique and funny. And all of the mysteries are solved by boys and girls working together equally, taking advantage of each of their special skills. I highly recommend The Mysterious Benedict Society!

Have you read any of the books in the Mysterious Benedict Society series? What did you think? Share your thoughts and suggestions of other books with positive female role models in the comments below. We'll select one commenter to send a book of his or her choosing from our Essential Books for Kids and Teens guide and email the winner on August 26. (And remember, we don't send emails to kids under 13!)

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Parent of a 6 and 9 year old written by carries

My daughter and I are reading Anne of Green Gables. I love how optimistic and imaginative Anne is despite a rough start to life. A delightful character.
Parent of a 7 year old written by molomatic

A relative just passed us the book Hattie Ever After. It's a great book about a young woman making brave choices. She works hard to reach her dreams. Now my daughter and I are going to read the first book, Hattie Big Sky.


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