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A revolution at bedtime... Esther Walker thought she had parenting down until she read the hit book to her daughter. It has changed their lives (Sunday Times Magazine)
The publishing sensation of the year (Evening Standard, Books of the Year)
The definitive book of the year in our house, for both parents and offspring. It offers celebratory, non-judgmental paeans to the varied lives of influential women. Anyone needing an antidote for certain oversexualised, underoccupied screen heroines need look no further (Maggie O’Farrell Guardian Books of the Year)
A welcome reminder to girls that nothing stands in their way - except a lack of self-belief. This book started as a crowd-funded project and has become a best-seller which is the best news of the year (Sally Morris Daily Mail Books of the Year)
This amazing book shows young girls they can be anything they want (Melinda Gates)
Trust me, your life needs Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls... Absolutely beautiful - get one for yourself and one to inspire a woman in your life (Sarah Shaffi Stylist)
Featuring spies, pirates, astronauts, activists, scientists, writers, sports stars and more, many of the stories are so thrilling and uplifting your child's heart may beat a little faster, her mind racing with possibilities. If she leaps out of bed to get to work, blame the authors (Emine Saner Guardian)
Modern and fundamentally feminist, this riot grrrl reinvention of the fairytale is so inspiring adults are also reading it in droves (Heather Saul i newspaper)
Elegant, colourful... and captivatingly told... In an ideal world, not only would mothers read this aloud to daughters, but teachers would read it to schoolboys (Nicolette Jones Sunday Times)
A book to keep, treasure and read again, and the end pages are a call to arms: space for readers to write their own story and drawn their own portrait. Essential reading for girls and indeed boys; children who read this at bedtime are guaranteed some big and inspirational dreams (Fiona Noble Observer)
About the Author
Elena Favilli (Author)
Elena Favilli is a media entrepreneur and a journalist. She has worked for Colors magazine, McSweeney's, RAI, Il Post, and La Repubblica, and has managed digital newsrooms on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2011, she created the first iPad magazine for children, Timbuktu magazine. She is the founder and CEO of Timbuktu Labs.
Francesca Cavallo (Author)
Francesca Cavallo is a writer and theatre director. Her award-winning plays have been staged all across Europe. A passionate social innovator, Francesca is the founder of Sferracavalli, an International Festival of Sustainable Imagination in Southern Italy. In 2011, Francesca joined forces with Elena Favilli to found Timbuktu Labs, where she serves as Creative Director.
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Amelia Earhart - Aviator
Once upon a time, a girl called Amelia saved enough money to buy a yellow airplane. She called it The Canary.
A few years later, she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. It was a dangerous flight. Her tiny plane was tossed around by strong winds and icy storms. She kept herself going with a can of tomato juice, sucked through a straw. After almost fifteen hours she touched down in a field in Northern Ireland, much to the surprise of the cows.
“Have you come far?” the farmer asked her. “All the way from America!” she laughed. Amelia loved to fly and she loved to do things no one had ever done before.
Her biggest challenge was to be the first woman to fly around the world. She could only take a small bag, as all the space in the plane had to be used for fuel. Her long flight was going well. She was supposed to land on the tiny Howland Island, but never got there. In her last transmission, Amelia said she was flying through clouds and was running low on fuel. Her plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean and was never found.
Before leaving, she wrote, “I am quite aware of the hazards. I want to do it, because I want to do it. Women must try to do the same things that men have tried. If they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.”
Margaret Hamilton - Computer Scientist
Once there was a girl who put a man on the Moon. Her name was Margaret and she was really good with computers.
When she was just twenty-four years old she joined NASA, the US agency that explores outer space. She took the job to support her husband and her daughter, little realizing that she would soon lead a scientific revolution that would change the world.
Margaret was an engineer and led the team who programmed the code that allowed the Apollo 11 spacecraft to land safely on the Moon’s surface. Margaret would bring her daughter Lauren to work on weekends and evenings. While four-year-old Lauren slept, her mother programmed away, creating sequences of code to be added to the Apollo’s command module computer.
On July 20, 1969, just minutes before Apollo 11 touched down on the lunar surface, the computer started spitting out error messages. The entire mis-sion was in danger. Luckily, Margaret had set up the computer to focus on the main task and ignore everything else. So instead of aborting the mis-sion, Apollo 11 landed safely on the Moon.
The Apollo landing was hailed by the world as “one small step for man, one giant step for mankind.” But it wouldn’t have happened at all without the brilliant programming skills and cool-headedness of one woman: NASA engineer Margaret Hamilton.
Amna Al Haddad - Weightlifter
Once upon a time, there was a journalist named Amna. Amna was not happy. She was overweight and unfit. One day, she said to herself: “You can do much more than this. Just do something. Go for a walk.
“And that’s what she did. She enjoyed her walks so much she wanted to do more. She ran long distances. She sprinted. She started to work out at the gym; when she dis-covered weightlifting she knew this was the sport for her. Amna’s life changed when the International Weightlifting Federation al-lowed Muslim women to compete in a unitard (an outfit that covers all skin). She started competing in Europe and America and became an icon for Muslim girls across the world.
“I like being strong,” says Amna. “Being a girl does not mean you can’t be as strong as a boy, or even stronger!”
She liked weightlifting so much that she started training for the Olympic Games in Rio. She thinks everyone should find a sport they like, and practice it.
“Whatever your age, religion, or ethnicity, sport is good for everyone,” she says. “It creates peace and it unites nations.”
No matter what the challenges are, never walk away from your dream. The more you persist, the closer you are going to get to your goals. When things get tough, just get tougher.”
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Today, I'm writing about one such book which I recently came across. The title of the book was appealing enough for me to pick it up for my little Z. What I didn't know was that the stories in the book will touch my heart as much as they inspire my daughter. The book is called Goodnight stories for Rebel girls. It's written by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo. It has illustrations by 60 female artists from across the globe.
I made Z pick up her abosolute favorites and she did give me a long list after a lot of drama, according to her, "how can I pick only a few. I love all the stories." Anyway, her favorites include Margaret Hamilton, Brenda Chapman, Ann Makosinski, Coy Mathis, Maria Montessori, Jane Austen, Cleopatra, Julia Child, Simone Billes, Ashley Fiolek, Nelly Bly and Malala Yousafzai. I can't blame her for picking so many of them. The length of the stories, the illustrations, the narrative, everything is perfect.
We have read these stories once and we are reading it once again... I know it definitely isn't the last time she is (sorry we are) reading it. I love the message in the beginning of the the book as well; "To the rebel girls of the world: Dream bigger, aim higher, fight harder, and when in doubt, remember you are right."
I wish I had Goodnight stories for rebel girls, when I was a little girl.
Thank you for this new book you got for me, Goodnight stories for rebel girls. How am I ever going to get through it? You normally get me dolls, toys and dresses on my birthday! Why didn't you get me a dress? I don't like reading! On second thought, maybe i should try it. The pages are quite nice and there seem to be a lot of photos so maybe i'll read it fast.
It's been a week since I got this book. It seems pretty neat. And not just the photos! Just got introduced to Ada Lovelace. She seems like a Kamala aunty in 1850 London. She likes mathematics mama! Did they teach maths to girls back then? I even went to the internet to search about her. Supposedly she wrote the first program for that Charles Babbage machine that we all use, the computer. (Doesn't papa also do the same these days?). I hate my maths teacher, but maybe i should get through those classes if I want to be like her.
I've been reading this book on and off. Each story is so different! I'll tell you about my favorite one so far. Amelia Earhart. She seems to be straight out of a movie! You know all those action movies that you and papa watch, with the pilots flying into an adventure? I thought you need to be big and strong to fly, but Amelia looks quite cute.
Just finished this book. Thanks so much for buying it. No more dolls for me. I want to be like Rita Levi. She studied the brain you know, and even got a nobel prize for it. So brainy. I'm sure she didn't play with dolls when she was young! Never mind heroes, I think I've found my real life heroine.
PS: Also, buy me more books... if they are like this, i'm sure i'll love them.
The illustrations are beautiful. The stories are one page long and simple to read. I've already gifted this to a child and I will keep buying this and gifting this to every child of a relative or friend I have. I'm reading this to my son.
This is an excellent and meaningful gift.
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