Welcome to the first installment of my monthly book club here at Raising a Ragamuffin HQ and I’m kicking it off with this Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls review. I have to say that this is probably my favourite book right now in our ever-expanding library.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a book about 100 inspirational women. Written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo it documents the life stories of amazing women at a level suitable for children. What I really like about this book is that the women are from all walks of life and eras. Often you find books about women who changed science or athletes but not many include both and then some, which is what this one does.
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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls began life on Kickstarter (a fundraising website for donations to fund creative projects) and over 13,000 people pledged over $675,000 to make this project a reality. This final total smashed the original goal of raising $40,000.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls was written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo who are the CEO and Creative Director of Timbuktu Labs which is a creative marketing agency specialising in children’s brands. They decided to write this book (and it’s sequel) because of the lack of children’s books about girls. They believe that girls need to grow up with female role models (I couldn’t agree more!) because it gives them confidence.
There are 100 brilliant women whose lives are written in story format aimed at young children. Each story fills a single page, which is good for keeping the attention of younger readers. It features women from past and present, from all over the worrld and different fields of expertise. They include fashion designer Coco Chanel, activist and singer Miriam Makeba and the tennis-playing sisters Serena and Venus Williams. As you can tell, it really is a mixed bag.
There’s a really lovely touch at the back of the book where there is also space for readers to write their own story and draw their own portrait. I love this section and I think this is a great way to inspire young readers to follow their dreams.
Each story comes with a beautiful portrait of the woman it describes. The book features portraits by 60 different female artists from all over the world. The artists include Thandiwe Tshabalala, Martina Paukova and Paola Escobar. They are all colourful and capture the tone of their subject’s story vividly.
The pictures are great for keeping budding young feminists engaged – ragamuffin is currently more interested in looking at the pictures than reading the stories. I’m sure that in time she will enjoy reading the stories too.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Review – Verdict
I love the format of this book, where each story is opposite a colourful portrait. It makes Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls eye-catching and appealing to younger children. The stories are written in an almost fairytale-like tone and sound lovely when read aloud.
There is a great mix of women from the past and present with different talents and fields of expertise featured in the book. Some of these women I hadn’t come across before, so I’ve found it a really good resource for my own learning.
My Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls review says that is a must for any young girl’s bookshelf.
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