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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!)