A children's book that reinvents fairy tells to showcase incredible women, all with original art from across the globe.
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.
The stories in Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls are written fairy-tale style. They start with “Once upon a time …” and though all the women are real people, there are no specific dates. “We don’t want the book to be an encyclopedia, we want it to be a book of bedtime stories, inspired by the lives of these women,” author Francesca Cavallo says.
By turning the women’s lives into fairy tales, Cavallo and co-author Elena Favilli are hoping to change, and advance, fairy-tale archetypes. Many traditional fairy tales, for example, feature sisters who are jealous of each other. “In Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, there are three stories of sisters,” Cavallo says. “The Bronte sisters, who supported and encouraged each other to write; the Williams sisters, who share such a passion for the sport (of tennis) and who challenge each other; and the Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic, who joined forces to take down a terrible dictator.”
"Our 4-year-old has requested excerpts as her bedtime story EVERY NIGHT since she opened it for Christmas. As much as she loves hearing these stories, we love reading them to her. Her imaginative play now includes pirates, pilots, and politicians... way cooler than princesses!"
- Erin B.
About the AuthorsElena and Francesca built the first iPad magazine for children in the world, Timbuktu Magazine. 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. The authors 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 a lot over the past 20 years, so they decided to do something about it with the creation of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.