There’s an incredible new book on the market filled with stories for girls about girls – women, to be exact. It’s called Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls and it’s written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. I’m a bit late to the game, so I’m sure you’ve heard of it by now, but if not – here you go! If learning about inspiring women is something you’re interested in, have a look at our Women Who Did series.
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What’s Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls About?
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls contains 100 one-page stories about women who’ve done things that should be remembered throughout history. They are short ‘bed-time’ stories with the name, occupation (or thing she’s to be remembered for), her date of birth and what country she’s from. There’s also a very short story – about four or five paragraphs – about who she is and what she did. Alongside each story is a picture of the heroine, drawn by one of sixty female artists from all over the world.
What’s the take-away message from Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls?
The take-away messages here are many. These are average, normal women who did amazing things because they tried, because they followed their passions, or did things they loved, or had to, to make a difference because things had to change. I think a great message the kids maybe don’t even see is that something doesn’t have to be ‘cool’ to be amazing. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. We can all make huge changes somewhere if we just do what needs to be done.
Why rebel girls? Because these girls refused to be invisible, they refused to always do what they were told, the didn’t just tow the party line. That’s inspirational.
Some of the things I love about it are the diversity not just in the ‘what’ of each story and how they made a difference in so many different fields, to the diversity of the countries the women were from – it’s all women, from everywhere, doing all sorts. It’s a book by women or women building up women. It’s wonderful.
What about the pictures?
As I’ve said – there were 60 artists who contributed to this book, which means that the images are pretty much all different and in different styles. It’s a fantastic combined project and there’s a list of al sixty artists in the back of the book.
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls is published by Penguin Books and the RRP is £20.00. You can also find it on Amazon or try the Book Depository or Wordery instead. They both offer free international shipping.