Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women Book Review

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Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls
100 Tales of Extraordinary Women Book Review

I have two daughters. Two wonderful creative inquisitive girls who in a sense are rebels against the normal standards set for girls. My oldest is extremely intelligent ( top 99% of her age group) and loves to create her own brand of special artistic pieces as she breathes new life into random objects she finds around the house and her hot glue gun. She has always had her own style and doesn’t really care that it doesn’t coincide with the current trends. She is a rebel and one day she will do great things because she rebels against society’s standards. Just like the 100 women in this book Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women. This book contains 100 stories of women doing extraordinary things because they chose to rebel against what was expected of them. 100 stories to empower young girls and encourage them to dream big because these great women once started out as little girls just like them and because they chose to question the norm they changed the world.

You can see a short video with Elena and Francesca at and a preview of the book and illustrations at The Grommet! 

Sometimes a book comes along that is both inspiring and fills the reader with a sense of pride…not very often does that book come in a selection of bed time stories aimed at 5 to 8 year olds but this book succeeds in just that. As I read to my young daughter about female pirates, entrepreneurs, presidential candidates, and other powerful positions, I am feeling her with dreams and ideas about all the things she can do if she just works hard and doesn’t let anything hold her back. Ever since she learned to run, she has always ran head first without fear. It is my hope that she keeps that trait and goes for her goals head first without fear of failure.

Each story in this book is only one page and tells the life of each woman starting from the beginning when they were little girls. This helps the young girls listening to connect with the story and the person they are learning about. This connection is what helps them to see that these women were once just kids just like them. The stories often tell childhood stories or anecdotes about the person. On the opposite page is a picture done by a female artist. The art is this book was so much fun to look at. We all had fun picking out our favorite piece. One of mine is the picture of the pirate woman above, another is the one of Coco Chanel below. There was many more but I’m not quite sure if I showed them all I would get in trouble for coping most of the book and this page would load super slow. 🙂 Needless to say, there are some awesome pictures in the pages of this book.Inspirational and encouraging quotes also adorn each picture.

A little more about the book!

Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo realized that 95% of the books and TV shows they grew up with, lacked girls in prominent positions. They did some research and discovered that this didn’t change much over the past 20 years, so they decided to do something about it.

Instead of waiting for their princes to come like the women in typical fairy tales, these game-changing women are influencing the world themselves.

Relocating from Milan, Italy to California, Elena Favilli had been working as a journalist and Francesca Cavallo as a stage director and playwright. Their entrepreneurial journey made them understand how important it is for girls to grow up surrounded by female role models. It helps them to be more confident and set bigger goals.

Favilli and Cavallo, co-founders of Timbuktu Labs and creators of the first iPad magazine for children, made crowdfunding history by attracting more dollars than any other children’s book. It has raised over $1 million from 20,000 backers through its Kickstarter campaign and Indiegogo InDemand book-ordering campaign.

The book, for ages 5 to 8, offers great source of inspiration for anyone, male or female, child or adult.

Favilli told The Huffington Post she felt encouraged to start the project after she wrote an op-ed for The Guardian about being a woman and a tech start-up founder in Silicon Valley and facing abuse online. “I decided that my next project would be something designed to empower young women,” she said.

“Gender stereotypes permeate every aspect of our culture,” Favilli said. “We constantly urge ourselves to ‘lean in’ and books on female empowerment proliferate on our shelves…but they come far too late. Parents are offered little resources to counter this trend and we want to do something about it.”

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