Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls By Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo


Good night stories for rebel girls

This amazing book of non-fiction stories is an absolute must for all bookshelves – particularly those owned by little (or big) girls.


The book contains ‘100 tales of extraordinary women’. The text on each page is long enough to be interesting and short enough to not be overwhelming for younger readers. Organised alphabetically, from Ada Lovelace – mathematician, to Zaha Hadid – architect, this book is page after page of excitement and inspiration!

Why I love it:

I love everything about this book! I love the content – the text and the illustrations. I love the subject matter. I love the fact that all the familiar, known, awesome women are included (Helen Keller, Rosa Parks, Cleopatra, Marie Curie) but there are also many women included that I have not heard of before.

All these 100 women have made their mark in their chosen field and have stood up for what they believe and fought hard to achieve their goals.

I love the look of excitement on my daughter’s face as we read the stories and I love the fact that she constantly begs, “Just one more?!!”

I even love the cover of this book! It is bound in a gorgeous, blue hardback and there is something about it that just makes you want to pick it up. And pick it up, you should!

Themes/ideas to discuss with your child:

  • Strength
  • Courage
  • Believing in yourself
  • Standing up for yourself
  • How we are all different
  • History
  • Following your dreams
  • Achieving your dreams
  • Gratitude
  • Commitment
  • Determination

Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:
  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
  • What does the word ‘rebel’ mean?
  • What does the text under the title say?
  • What sorts of stories are you expecting you will hear/read in this book?
After reading:
  • Are you enjoying this book? Why/why not?
  • What is your favourite page so far?
  • Who is it about?
  • How do the stories in this book make you feel?
  • What is one word you would use to describe the women written about in the book?
  • What do you think is the overall message of this book? Why do you think the stories have all been put together in one book?

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