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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women

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4.34  ·  Rating details ·  36,561 ratings  ·  4,537 reviews
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. ...more
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published December 1st 2016 by Timbuktu Labs (first published November 10th 2016)
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Mara I gave it to my mom as a birthday gift and she's 55, so why not? ;)…moreI gave it to my mom as a birthday gift and she's 55, so why not? ;)(less)
Qukatheg It looks like there will be a Dutch version at some point: Bedtijdverhalen voor rebelse meisjes.
I've seen different websites list it for release in No…more
It looks like there will be a Dutch version at some point: Bedtijdverhalen voor rebelse meisjes.
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Lucy Banks
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this more stars, I would.

Yes, I know the title indicates this book is for rebel girls. I am a mother of two fairly rebellious boys - but felt it was every bit as relevant for them as it was for females! After all, why shouldn't boys read about fabulous, inspirational women too?

This book is an absolute thing of beauty - 100 accessible, creatively written tales of women who helped to shape the world we live in. The illustrations are superb, and it hits just the right note with my t
Kai Spellmeier
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy
"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."

What an amazing project! This book features 100 stories about revolutionary, smart, strong, powerful, charismatic, talented and fearless women and girls throughout history. Pirate Queens and Marine Biologists, Pa
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
Aug 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is difficult to review because, while I loved the artwork and the lovely cover, some of the historic people that were featured in this book are very controversial. Many of them are not fit to be held up as role models for young girls! Pirates, shady politicians, drug addicts, tyrants from Ancient History, and downright gross people; I counted 19 bios out of 100 that I had serious problems with, and which I would never allow a child to read about.

I liked the bios of the decent people, like H
I recently read Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen and was naturally craving for more when I came across this equally fantastic collection of extraordinary women.

Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitel
Julie G (time traveling for a week)
This is a seriously cool book.

It's the brain-child of two women (I use the word "women" lightly; they each look about 17 on the website) who run the "Timbuktu Labs," which is described as a "children's media innovation lab," which may or may not be a non-profit. I'm thinking not. Their website did not help me confirm or deny.

I'd feel better about the whole thing if it WERE a non-profit, because, frankly, the book is pricey and I have a few complaints about it, but for now I want to get back to
Jo (The Book Geek)
This hardback book, is definitely one of the most beautiful books that I own. Just a glance at the front cover honestly makes you just want to read it. I just wish, I could give this book more than five stars.

First of all, this book indicates that it is for "Rebel girls" As this may be true, it is also extremely relevant for boys aswell. I think both sexes should read this book and celebrate remarkable and inspirational women.

This book contains 100 stories about strong, fearless, motivating , in
April (Aprilius Maximus)
This is one of the most beautiful books I own! So inspiring and a must-read for all young girls and women!
Jennifer (Insert Lit Pun)
What a phenomenal book. Honestly, I expected this to be somewhat gimmicky - I'm a passionate feminist, and a lot of these types of girl power books/projects are - but I was sort of bowled over by my how emotional my reaction was to the acknowledgement of these extraordinary women from all over the world pursuing all different paths. If you've considered reading this but have been hesitant for some reason, I'd say it's more than worth it. ...more
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library-books
Ordered this book through Kickstarter. Meant to give it to one of my nieces, but I loved it too much to give away :) This is the book I wished I had owned when I was a young girl. An amazing book of stories all about successful women.

I love that the book is global - women come from all cultures and nations. The book is in English (I think it's available in many languages) for me, but the stories represent such a range of experiences.

My only criticism is that some of the stories don't have quit
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Trish by: Karen Green
The subtitle of this collection is 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women, and it is beautifully done. The short passages cover every continent and every race, religion, and sexuality…that is, the stories are about girls and women with lesbians and transgender individuals identifying as female included. It is ravishingly interesting.

Each short passage is a tightly written biography suitable for 9-14 year-olds, informative, and inspiring. Many unusual job descriptions and lifelong purpose are describe
This book is beyond beautiful: the cover, the gorgeous illustrations, and the overall design! That being said, I have some problems with it and I cannot blindly give this a 5* review.

First of all, some of the women featured here are not actually fit to be role models, and therefore to be in this book, especially one that is dedicated to young girls. Some of them are quite controversial and presented in such a biased, ridiculously cheerful, and positive way, that they end up sending a misguided m
Jan 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Based on other reviews from y wonderful GR friends, I gave copies of this book to my cousin's, nieces and granddaughters. I'm already getting rave reviews. Actually, we are setting up a family weekly book club to discuss. My heart is full. This is a perfect time to help young women find their voices. ❤️🙂 ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this book - bought it for my daughter and although she is still too young to understand I just love the idea to read stories of great women to her instead of the princess stories. Don't get me wrong I am a sucker for fairy tales but I want to engourage her from the beginning to have the faith in herself that she can be whatever she wants :D ...more
persephone ☾
Dec 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
this is such a great book to give to young kids (no matter what their gender is) because of how important it is to highlight the lives and accomplishments of those incredible women and because of how accessible the writing and presentation are. also, the illustrations were simply gorgeous
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant.
Addie H
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7-comp-hist-fic
A great collection of stories of extraordinary women that I would like to know more about. I would love to see several of these stories be made into film.

That said, the stories are short! 1 page each + plus one page with an illustration of the person it's about. I know this book is aimed at kids 6 and up, but I think we underestimate kids and I would have love to see the stories a couple of pages longer at least.
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read this book and enjoy it. My 6 year old daughter has heard all the stories and wants to be read them again and again every night. There are few books that can achieve the combination: international, non-fiction, positive role-models, engaging. I hope the authors will create a second volume and create an version so we can listen to it in the car. ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to read this! What an inspiring little book it is!
I did love how straight to the point this book was. It absolutely inspired me to research some of the women who really inspired or interested me, but I do wish that we focused on each woman a little bit more, maybe resulting in less women in the book, but carried on into the sequel. This was because in a few cases I felt like I was lacking the weight of their achievement because it didn't have a load of context. Its understandabl
Kirsty ❤️
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a beautiful book I can see why it’s the most funded book in crowd funding history. 100 stories of inspirational women aimed at young girls and young adults but so much here to learn fir us older adults too. I loved this
Kris - My Novelesque Life
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This is a fabulous book, period. It is great for both children and adults (of any gender). The artwork is so gorgeous, I want to buy another copy just to frame the pages. The book has great women from history and present that have been brave and smart. Each woman has a page write-up and is great for story time. Rebel girls not only entertains and provides history but also gives women a place in history they so long have deserved. I highly recommend this book!
Alice Lippart
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
rachel ☾
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
Okay. Well. This is awkward. I thought this would be right up my alley. Feminist history stories? Please! ... but I didn't realise this was a collection of short stories. I thought it was a collection of short bios of rebel women in history, and look, it is technically. However, the language is so simple that it read like fiction. I know that is not a bad thing in itself - stories about women from across the globe doing amazing things are powerful, especially for the target demographic - but I w ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
I found my go-to gift for friends and family with young children (any child, as this shouldn't be something considered only for girls).
This was a fun discovery: a collection of short biographies of great women in history, essentially written in traditional fairytale format. Think: "Once upon a time, there lived an artist named Frida (Kahlo)..." What is especially notable about this book is that its publication is due entirely to donations via crowd-funding. Backers from more than 70 countries d
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just bought this book as a present for my nieces and had a look see. Beautifully illustrated and showcasing women from all over the world and ages this is inspirational and a must have in any home with children. For our young girls to be inspired and for our young boys to be inspired and for ourselves to also be inspired and found both old and new women to aspire too. Me I found Marie Curie - when I was little a wanted to be a scientist because of her, my unfortunate lack of mathematics unders ...more
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an incredibly valuable book this is! It's filled with women shattering stereotypes and all the stories are told in a kid-friendly manner that makes them dynamic and interesting.

I hope that children all around the world get their hands on a copy and are inspired to be whatever they desire to be.

Love it, would recommend it to any parent wishing to raise strong, independent children who will follow their dreams no matter what kind of odds are stacked against them.
Farhana Sufi
I think no matter how I praise this book, and the effort and thoughts behind it, words will fall short. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book since earlier this year. Bless the soul who remembered to buy a copy for me and gift it as well. I do have terrific friends.

But let's get back to the book. It is arranged alphabetically and includes 2 pages dedicated for one extraordinary woman each, a total of hundred woman over the history of mankind.
The first page is a short biography on an exce
Vishakha ~ ReadingSpren ~
What a lovely, amazing book! Mathematicians, physicists, pirates, Japanese empresses, Artists, Warriors, 21st-century teenagers - you name it. So many names I never knew about, but should have known about. Our history books are not kind to achievers who are women, but nevermind, she still persists.

My only, teeny-tiny problem was, a lot of the stories were not nearly as descriptive or informative as they could have been, even considering that this is meant for children. I had to Google for all th
Rather than 'reinvents fairy tales', I think it is more accurate to say that this book tells true stories about 100 (yes, a hundred!) inspiring and extraordinary women from all over the world, written in a special way so you can read every chapter as a bedtime story to your child. Every chapter also comes with an illustration from 60 female artists (again, from every corner of the globe). It's very hard to dislike this book. Reading this as an adult, I found myself searching for more information ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book full of gorgeous illustrations which are very life-like. Each story begins with 'Once there was...' which immediately pulls you into the tales and summarises what each woman is famous for (her contribution to the wider world). Some stories are heart-wrenching, others are horrific, and others are uplifting.

All of the tales are inspiring and empowering!

A perfect book for young girls to read and savour before they go to bed - if you put your mind to it, you can do anything :)
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Elena Favilli is the Founder and CEO of Timbuktu Labs, along with Francesca Cavallo. They work at the intersections of publishing, design, and technology.

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