Dive Into Diversity: Girl Power for Grades 4-6

White Plains is a wonderfully diverse community! Parents, children and teens have expressed an interest in titles that reflect the diversity in the community, and Ashley, Kathlyn, and Raquel's “Dive Into Diversity” column will spotlight noteworthy children's and teen titles that are inclusive, diverse and multicultural to fulfill that interest. Ashley's portion is aimed at readers in grades 4-6.

March is Women's History Month so I’ve put together a list of some books that feature diverse strong female characters that I’ve been wanting to read!

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (Available in eBook format on Hoopla)
For children in grades 4-6
“Lee skillfully weaves Korean folklore into this space opera narrative, creating dynamic and relatable characters. With ghosts, pirates, and a rollicking space adventure, there's a little something for everyone here.” –School Library Journal

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina (Available in eBook format on OverDrive)
Winner of the Newbery Medal!
For children in grades 4-7
“Medina’s breathtaking coming-of-age story features a strong, deeply honest protagonist whose insights will make readers laugh, as well as dynamic secondary characters that reveal glimmers of profound depth. Medina capably gets to the heart of middle school experiences in this engrossing story of a kid growing into herself. A must read.” –Booklist

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani (Available in eBook format on OverDrive)
For children in grades 4-8
“This heartwarming story about family problems and female empowerment will inspire readers to make their voices heard…This dazzling blend of realistic fiction and fantasy is perfect for fans of characters who have to overcome obstacles on their way to growing up.” –School Library Journal

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis (Available in eBook format on OverDrive)
For children in grades 4-7
“Deza Malone had a brief appearance in Curtis’ multiple-award-winning novel, Bud, Not Buddy. Now, she is the dynamic and engaging heroine of her own story.” –Kirkus Reviews

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