Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Published: 1st December 2016Goodreads badge
Publisher:
 Timbuktu Labs
Pages: 212
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Non Fiction
★   ★   ★   ★   ★  – 5 Stars

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children’s book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world. This book inspires girls with the stories of great women, from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.

This is a brilliant book. It is a precursor to other great books like She Persisted which tell the stories of history’s most famous and often forgotten women whose achievements have changed the world and inspired those around them.

I loved the format of these stories. The one page biographies for each of these amazing women is a wonderful experience to read. They are told in the same vein of fairytales with the “There once there was a…” style introductions, but these stories are far from fairytales. Each of these incredible women have defied the odds and succeeded in their chosen fields, often when many, including many men, told them they couldn’t or shouldn’t.

It is truly an inspiring read to see what these women have gone through and how they have overcome various obstacles and become stronger for it and achieved their dreams and their goals. Favilli and Cavallo have brought together 100 of history’s greatest women from around the globe, across fields, and throughout history and shared their stories with the world. The list of rebel girls include an A-Z of pioneers from Ada Lovelace all the way down to Zaha Hadid. You can’t help but get a bit emotional as you read these stories, strength and resilience of these women and girls don’t define them, but their passion and determination is admirable and empowering.

“When a woman decides to change, everything changes around her” – Eufrosina Cruz

“We will no longer negotiate for our existence” – Fadumo Dayib

These biographies are told simply but with power. From the very first page the preface lets us know that this is an important book, one that has brought understanding, hope and inspiration to many of the readers. It is a book filled with so many inspirational messages from a variety of fields and backgrounds. Each accompanied by a beautiful illustration by a range of female artists that capture who these fabulous women are and were.

These are the kinds of books we need to keep creating. History has forgotten and pushed aside so many amazing women and their achievements, and there are enough of them throughout history to fill many more books to come. Something I can only hope continues to happen.

“It is important that girls understand the obstacles that lie in front of them. It is just as important that they know these obstacles are not insurmountable. That not only can they find a way to overcome them, but that they can remove those obstacles for those who will come after them, just like these great women did.”

You can purchase Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls via the following

Booktopia | Book Depository

Amazon | Amazon Aust | Wordery

Angus & Robertson | Dymocks

Audible | Fishpond